From the Ministerial Advisory Council on Rural Health at http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/rh-sr/advis_e.html
Up to one-third of Canadians live in rural, remote, isolated or northern areas of the country ...
The report "Rural Health in Rural Hands: Strategic Directions for Rural, Remote, Northern and Aboriginal Communities" at - http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/rh-sr/rural_hands-mains_rurales_e.html
An important letter to the editor in the Sioux Bulletin, July 5 ...
Mismatch in healthcare needs
By Pete Sarsfield, MD, FRCP©, Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer Northwestern Health Unit
Health Canada’s Ministerial Advisory Council on Rural Health recently stated, "There is a fundamental mismatch between the health care needs of people living in rural Canada and the availability of health care providers and health services." (Rural Health in Rural Hands: Strategic Directions for Rural, Remote, Northern and Aboriginal Communities, p.2).
This astute and accurate statement regarding a key " fundamental mismatch" includes public health (prevention, promotion/protection) services and providers, by both implication and reality. For example, the availability of public health practitioners and public health services and programs in the Kenora and Rainy River Districts of Northwestern Ontario does not match the need for disease prevention, health promotion and health protection. We are experiencing a fundamental mismatch, especially our smaller communities, the region’s First Nation (Reserve) communities, and the residents of the unincorporated areas.
Of these three - the small communities, the unincorporated areas and the Reserves - the public health service/program situation facing First Nation communities exemplifies the greatest mismatch between need and service. I have lived, worked, and travelled in this region for over 12 years, and during that time have made the following observations:
The present fundamental mismatch facing rural and remote residents is destructive and dangerous for both rural/remote and urban residents. The present situation should not continue to be tolerated, not by us or the organizations we represent, and not by our representative governments. I propose that we find remedies for this harmful mismatch of need and service, and that we do so in 2006.
"Ashawaga Anishinawbe Mamow Oshka win"
Traditional Healing Gathering and Powwow on July 26 to 30, 2006
"Absolutely No Alcohol and Drugs at any time."
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Calling all dancers.
Welcome to our traditional gathering. We are pleased to announce our Gathering of Healing and the Traditional powwow. Our healing starts from within and sharing it to move in theTraditional way.
Everyone is welcomed to join in our sacred gathering.
Join the great spirit of the dances and the songs and the gifts, the ceremonies, the anishinawbe pride all throughout the Anishinawbe Nation!