Living in the Canadian gap

The Current Events section is a new edition on A Lipstick Trilogy where Rochelle and I want to generate discussion with our readers about the issues surrounding us in Canada and around the world. If you have any suggestions about topics for discussion, we would appreciate reading them in the comments and sharing them with a wider audience.  


The issue I will be discussing today has been inspired by the Globe and Mail feature on Native Health in Canada. For many years in school we have been drilled to learn not only Canada’s symbols, holidays, and key figures but also its past starting with Aboriginal settlements, to the colonization era, Confederation, and modern day first-world status Canada prides itself on. However, there is room for improvement when it comes to our Native communities.

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There are numerous programs concerning income assistance, funding and grants, post secondary education opportunities, and benefits to aid the Native communities, yet there is still a clear advantage gap between other parts of Canada, most notably Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia and Aboriginal settlements. The Globe and Mail shared a story about the death of Broody Meekis from strep throat which, in more affluent parts of Canada, is absolutely unheard of due to the wide access to prescription medication and hospital care.

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Although Canada has the resources to better the Native communities’ healthcare, there is a lack of professionals willing to travel to these locations for employment which tend to be very small, tightly knit communities. Due to a lack of doctors and other healthcare employees, the waiting lists for doctor consultations are long and the resources to treat patients, very limited. This got me thinking, how can this situation be improved? Perhaps more young professionals and recent graduates can be inspired to contribute their knowledge and skills to these communities as a way of gaining even more experience, more educational opportunities can be created to train the citizens within the Native communities to increase self sufficiency, or easier access and transportation to other local districts for hospital care can be created. All this is possible with greater or rather more efficient funding allocated to benefit these communities.

Healthcare is one area which is struggling to improve, with education, housing, and technological access being among other regions for concern. A suggestion which I believe will be a beneficial step forward is technological upgrade which will inevitably lead to connectivity of the communities to other parts of Canada and enlightenment of the standards they ought to seek. Furthermore, this is a step forward to increase entrepreneurial advancements, networking, and online job search. As for education, with online courses and ways to receive training and certifications online, the communities are readily able to train and be trained to achieve a greater living standard. These are modernized perspectives which are largely shaped by theory but might be effective when put into practice.

Currently, although Canada is a first world, developed country, there are large parts which are currently experiencing the living standard that is below or just hovering close to the minimum.

Do you have suggestions for how Canada is able to improve this healthcare dilemma in Canada? 

The article which inspired this post is from the Globe and Mail Native Health section from August 20th, 2015. All the photos in this post are also part of the Globe and Mail article. Here is the link to this article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/first-nations-health-care-the-system-failed-myson/article26020926/

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