Presentation on theme: "Aboriginal Education Research Forum"— Presentation transcript:
1 Aboriginal Education Research Forum HOME“Shawane Dagosiwin”Aboriginal Education Research ForumWinnipeg, ManitobaJune 2, 2005Lois Edge, Senior Research Officer Michael Fisher, Research and Policy Officer
2 Origin & HistoryRoyal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, 1996 & National Forum on Health, 1997NAHO established in 1999 with a unique structureMétis Centre formed in 2001One of three distinct Centres within NAHO, also including: First Nations Centre & Ajunnginiq Centre (Inuit)
3 NAHOThe National Aboriginal Health Organization, an Aboriginal designed and controlled body, will influence and advance the health and well-being of Aboriginal Peoples by carrying out knowledge-based strategies.
4 MHC Vision Métis Centre The Métis NAHO is dedicated to improving the mental, physical, emotional, spiritual and social health of Métis in Canada through the advancement and sharing of knowledge in the field of Métis health.
5 Objectives Improve the knowledge base in Métis health Promote Métis health issuesFacilitate and promote research and develop research partnershipsFoster the recruitment, retention & training Métis in the delivery of health careAffirm traditional knowledge healing practices
6 Holistic Approach to Health Good health is determined by more than simply the absence of illnessFrom an Aboriginal perspective, it is a balance between physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social elements
7 Concept of Population Health The Public Health Agency of Canada says:"[We] need to address the entire range of conditions and factors that determine health [and] the complex interactions among them..."
8 EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS HEALTHY CHILD DEVELOPMENT Population HealthHolistic HealthINCOME & SOCIAL STATUSSOCIAL ENVIRONMENTBIOLOGYEDUCATIONSPIRITUALPHYSICALEMPLOYMENT CONDITIONSCULTURESOCIAL SUPPORTMENTALEMOTIONALHEALTHY CHILD DEVELOPMENTPHYSICAL ENVIRONMENTHEALTH SERVICESGENDERCOPING SKILLSMétis Health
9 Métis in Canada “We are a people set apart. With one foot planted in our white European ancestry,and the other foot planted in the timeless tribal customs of the Indians,we belong wholly to neitherand, as a result, hold on to each other and our traditions all the more tightly.”Senator John BoucherSt. Louis, Saskatchewan
10 Statistics Canada’s 2001 Census Métis IdentityPopulationStatistics Canada’s 2001 CensusOne in three Aboriginal people is Métis — 30% of the total Aboriginal populationAbout 295,000 report Métis identityFastest growing Aboriginal populationHigh numbers live in western cities
11 Statistics Canada’s 2001 Census Métis IdentityPopulationStatistics Canada’s 2001 CensusMétis population much younger than the non-Aboriginal pop.Métis are highly mobileImproving levels of education, but still below non-Aboriginal pop.Levels of employment improving, but still behind general pop.
12 Statistics Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples Survey 2001 Health Status of the Métis PopulationStatistics Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples Survey 2001Métis households twice as likely to be below suitabilityMore Métis children live in low-income households than non-Aboriginal childrenMétis children almost twice as likely to live with a lone parentGrowing physical health concerns, such as diabetes & arthritis
13 Statistics Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples Survey 2001 Health Status of the Métis PopulationStatistics Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples Survey 2001Métis children are least likely to speak an Aboriginal language than other Aboriginal childrenA majority feel Aboriginal language retention and learning are importantIn a 2002 pubic opinion poll, Métis identified a loss of land and culture as significant contributors to poor health status
14 Métis Population Health Issues Similar health status as other Aboriginal groups but limited access to programs & servicesLack of informationLimited opportunity for Métis to self-identify as MétisJurisdictional issuesLack of infrastructure, resources and funding
16 Métis Community Capacity Building Workshops Delivered in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan & OntarioDesigned to “plant seeds of self-determination”Reflective of community needsFour modules: Health Information, Needs Assessment, Funding Proposals, Project Management & Evaluation
17 Métis Community Capacity Building Workshops Health Information and ResearchPlanning and Needs AssessmentFinding Resources & Developing Funding ProposalsProject Management & Evaluation
18 Métis Health & Wellness Lies in culture, identity and traditional knowledgeEvidenced in history and experiences as shared in storytellingDependent on health of the land & water & our relationship with the environment
19 Métis Elders Gatherings Brings together Métis Elders, Healers and Seniors from BC, AB, Métis Settlements, NWT, Sask., MB & ONPromotion and revitalization of traditional knowledge and healing practicesLanguage retention
20 Métis Elders Gatherings Traditional protocolsSpiritualityCeremonyMedicines