"This research addressed a virtual absence of health status and health care use data for Aboriginal people. That's a huge gap!"

                                         Dr. Janet Smylie

QUICK FACTS FROM OUR HEALTH COUNTS

Emergency Room Use

First Nations more likely to use Emergency Room (ER) to access health care

People are usi....

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Health Care Access

“Our health deserves appropriate and dedicated care”

There is an urgent need for impr....

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Chronic Disease & Disability

First Nations people are carrying a greater health burden and at a younger age

Poor healt....

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Violence & abuse reported

58% report violence is part of their community 

95% feel violence is related to crim....

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Impact of Colonization

Legacy of colonization & residential schools impacts health, wellbeing & family cohesion<....

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Social Determinants of Health

First Nation people have less access to the social determinants of health

Social determin....

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Income & employment

28% of First Nations people in Hamilton have an income from wages & salaries

8% of Fi....

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Education/Employment

First Nations people have low levels of formal education:

57% First Nations adults over 1....

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Housing Impacts Health

“I live entirely off food banks, that’s where nutrition comes in, I have no choice over my fo....

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First Nations Demographics

13, 735 people in Hamilton report having Aboriginal ancestry (Census 2006)This is likely a signif....

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Housing Impacts Health

“I live entirely off food banks, that’s where nutrition comes in, I have no choice over my food…”

90% of FN people moved at least once in 5 years - vastly higher than non Natives

50% have move 3 or more times

13% report being homeless or in ‘transition’

74% live in crowded conditions (using Stats Canada definition)

People report their housing is inadequate and in disrepair

70% people live in poorest neighbourhoods in Hamilton (compared to 3% general pop.)

High mobility is tied to a cycle of poverty

63% give up important things - food - to afford housing

22% report they do not have enough to eat

Housing insecurity stresses families, health, interferes with employment and education

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