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Call to Action #19 - Closing gaps in health outcomes between Aboriginal & non-Aboriginal communities

6 years after its release, I am finally digging into the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action. There are 74 days left in the year and the goal is to read and reflect on at least one call to action daily for the remainder of the year. Thank you for joining me on this journey. May our endeavour together be a catalyst for lasting progress and affect meaningful change in Canada.

The 19th call to action under the Health category is:

“19. We call upon the federal government, in consultation with Aboriginal peoples, to establish measurable goals to identify and close the gaps in health outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities, and to publish annual progress reports and assess longterm trends. Such efforts would focus on indicators such as: infant mortality, maternal health, suicide, mental health, addictions, life expectancy, birth rates, infant and child health issues, chronic diseases, illness and injury incidence, and the availability of appropriate health services.”

Indigenous Watchdog Status Update: Stalled

"Measurable goals to identify and close the gaps in health outcomes have not yet been identified although the Federal government is working with First Nations Information Governance Centre to “develop an information strategy to determine appropriate indicators through the First Nations Regional Health Survey and the Inuit on the development of an Inuit Health Strategy”. The Inuit Tuberculosis Elimination Framework has developed regional action plans to eliminate TB. The government is also working with the Métis National Council in gathering health data and developing a health strategy.

No progress on publishing annual progress reports and assessing long-term trends in any jurisdiction."

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"The Saskatoon Aboriginal Community Action Plan (SACAP) is a community-based partnership comprised of local agencies and businesses committed to improving the lives of Aboriginal citizens of Saskatoon and the greater Saskatoon community." To learn more: Donate here:

- Tallis


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