Access to quality and culturally relevant health care that serves an individual’s many health needs is a pillar of well-being. Health-care workers are not only important for the early diagnosis and treatment of chronic and acute medical conditions, but they are an important point-of-contact for many First Nations community members. Unfortunately, the legacy of colonialism has meant that First Nations communities have long experienced a lack of adequate, culturally appropriate health-care services.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action includes seven health-related recommendations which seek to improve the quality of care available in First Nations communities but are not limited to:
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