Addressing the health care needs
of the urban Indigenous community
The program provides education & awareness of health issues that affect the Indigenous population and establishes linkages and working relationships on behalf of Indigenous individuals who require advocacy, support and referral services. HOW facilitates the provisions of culture-based approaches to health by involving Elders, traditional teachers, healers & midwives. HOW will also provide education & support services to reduce violence in Indigenous communities.
The program objective is to assist Indigenous families in accessing traditional healers and midwives, to act as a support/liaison for Indigenous individuals and families, and to promote Indigenous-based family healing.
The program will:
ensure that Indigenous individuals understand the present health care system
promote healthy lifestyles through education/awareness
provide access to cultural activities, Indigenous resources and language interpreters, if necessary.
The program objective is to establish working relationships with mainstream health services and institutions to facilitate increased Indigenous sensitivity and awareness. It establishes working relationships between health care systems, the Indigenous community and agencies to promote holistic health.
Indigenous Healing & Wellness Strategy
This program is funded by the Indigenous Healing and Wellness Strategy. The goal of the Indigenous Healing and Wellness Strategy is to improve the health of individuals, families and communities through:
Equitable access to health care and Indigenous health care facilities
Improving standards of care
Providing culturally appropriate health services
Promoting a healthy environment
A traditional and culturally appropriate approach to healing and wellness