OTTAWA, June 12, 2012 /CNW/ - That's the message from Jane Gray, the
National Projects Manager of the First Nations Regional Health Survey,
or RHS. "Nearly every indicator of the quality of life on-reserves has
gone down or plateau'ed," Ms. Gray says. "But there's hope because we
find improvement in some very important areas. And we can tell you what
The FNIGC released its National Report of the RHS Phase 2 (2008/10) on
Parliament Hill before an group of politicians, government officials
and health organizations .
"We've been measuring the health and living conditions of First Nations
since the mid-1990s," says Gray. "There are more people reporting an
annual income of less than $10,000 a year in this survey than our
previous one. Poverty on-reserves is getting worse."
"Nearly 50 per cent of children on-reserves live in poverty - a
significant increase," says Gray. "Nearly half of adults live in homes
contaminated by mold - again a significant increase. The percentage of
people reporting only one source of income went up to 43% from 36% in
that same period. This is the real story."
The Regional Health Survey began in the mid-1990s after the Federal
Government commissioned seven national surveys on health and living
conditions which excluded First Nations. First Nations decided to take
the initiative, develop their own surveys with the support of Health
Canada and Regional partners. This was the birth of the RHS process 17
The RHS has built a solid reputation of trust with First Nations across
Canada. Today, it is the most extensive and accurate snapshot of
on-reserve health and living conditions anywhere. The RHS has also
become a worldwide model for Indigenous research.
SOURCE The First Nations Information Governance Centre
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