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Indigenous Health Website Launched

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Some of the materials produced to break down  barriers – photo 250News

Prince George, B.C. – What used to be Aboriginal Health  is now Indigenous Health  and the name change comes as a new  Indigenous Health  website has been launched.

Over the past year, there has been a great deal of work  to  partner with Indigenous  peoples and communities,  all with a goal of improving  health outcomes  in the  Indigenous population. The  idea is  to provide care through a cultural lens   and provide  “cultural safety”.

That’s why  a special video has been developed to help  health care providers  understand the history,   the issues  and make the  health care system  more welcoming for Indigenous people and their families.  Understanding   Indigenous cultures  and practices  can go a long way in making  patients  feel  respected,  and safe  when  entering the  health care system.

“There are numerous  examples of our  community  members  entering the health care system being judged the second  they  cross through that door” says Nicole Cross, Regional Manager of  First Nations Health Authority.  “When First Nations  people   enter the major hospital system for example   there can be an  assumption by many people about the different  things that  are bringing them in.  I have heard numerous stories about people  who have  gone in with issues  with diabetes and it is assumed it’s  a result of drinking.”  She says the training that is provided to health care providers  teaches them  to  not be judgemental, to be open to  the patient’s story and understand them as an individual.  “It’s really important  in removing all of those stigmas and all of those beliefs which cause a  barrier for our people to  access that care.”

There have been  efforts made  to  break down the barriers,   things like,  making space available for family to gather,  providing  areas where smudging  can be done,   decorating a hallway with  portraits of First Nations Elders so a patient knows  others have walked the same  path.

The website itself,   provides an interactive map  which details services and information  for people throughout the region.   The website can be accessed here.


I have been sickened in the past by seeing natives treated like 3rd class citizens. Anything that helps them be treated as first class citizens, as they should be, is a good thing. Great website!

You’re right, Griz, I see the discrimination too, and wonder why it persists. Some folks can’t look beyond their automatic prejudice toward someone who is different from them.
But will a name change mean that people are treated any differently?

If I was a front line health care worker I might be a tad insulted by this comment from a supposed manager,

“When First Nations people enter the major hospital system for example there can be an assumption by many people about the different things that are bringing them in. I have heard numerous stories about people who have gone in with issues with diabetes and it is assumed it’s a result of drinking.”

We don’t even have enough room for all the sick people but now we’re supposed to make space for family to gather? Seriously, unless your family member is dying, stay out of the hospital, you can visit them when they get released.

Diet and exercise are the two main determinants for diabetes. Many more Indigenous people have diabetes because of their change from a traditional meat and berries diet to the junk food now available everywhere.

As for your notion that visiting hours should only apply to the most critically injured, sick, or dying… good thing you are not in charge of anything!

    The health care system is in disarray, having family members hovering around is a hindrance to the people trying to work. The hospital is not a Holiday Inn. People need to be in and out quickly.

    “Diet and exercise are the two main determinants for diabetes.” What a pile of crap! Wife got Type 1 at 10 years of age.In many people it’s hereditary. BH, you an organ donor? Probably not.
    As for visiting people in hospital, you and everyone else brings their viruses, bacteria in to hospitals every day, it is not a healthy environment to be in. If your loved one or friend is critically ill you should be wearing a mask when you visit, you just don’t know what you’re carrying in.

    This story is about “Indigenous” Health Website, what does your wife have to do with this?

    “National survey data have consistently shown that the national age-adjusted prevalence of diabetes is 3 to 5 times higher in First Nations than in the general population (2–5) and population screening has shown rates as high as 26% in individual communities (6).”

    Please explain to the rest of us why Type 2 diabetes is so much more higher in the Aboriginal population then Griz!!!

      You read crap, I live it. Do you even know if my wife is native?

      Huh, read your comment a couple of times, does that mean you live crap?

A hospital is a hospital, It has a purpose for all people, space is scarce and the Smudging can be done in private. I had a uncle that lost a leg to diabetes ,my Grandmother and aunt also had diabetes all in the same family, I know it could happen to me so I am on guard. Diabetes can happen to anyone, keeping you weight down helps. I have heard you can replace Coconut Sugar for regular Sugar??

The good news is First Nations have their diabetic strips paid for by their medical , they run about $100.00 a box, if you do not have medical you are up the creek without a paddle. I have First Nations relations who are very lucky to have their health care and schooling paid for and have taken advantage of it, I wish.

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