Aboriginal Health in Canada
Author(s): James B. Waldram, D. Ann Herring, T. Kue Young
Synopsis: This book is about health, the fundamental human condition. It takes as axiomatic that the health of any human population is the product of a complex web of physiological, psychological, spiritual, historical, sociological, cultural, economic, and environmental factors. In Canada, one of the most telling examples of how these factors interact can be found in the health of the country’s Aboriginal peoples. Long considered to be the most disadvantaged group in an otherwise affluent society, Aboriginal peoples experience the kinds of health problems most closely associated with poverty, yet they also suffer from problems linked to their historical position within the Canadian social system. This book seeks to explain the current health problems being experienced by Aboriginal peoples, to provide an overview of health and health care from a historical perspective, and to look to the future as a fundamental changes to the health care system attempt to grapple with the most pressing rpoblems.