Full report available here:
Our Health, Our Seventh Generation, Our Future: 2015 Aboriginal Health Access Centres Report
AHACs are collectively working toward a self-determined, independent future – free from addictions and avoidable illness – in which all Aboriginal people feel able to achieve their full potential. This will be enhanced when we receive equitable funding, and recognition that culture is healing – that our ways of knowing and doing are equal to those of all other nations.
“In 1994, the Province of Ontario initiated the Aboriginal Health and Wellness Strategy (AHWS) to promote healing and health among Aboriginal people as a commitment to address the alarmingly poor health and high incidence of family violence resulting from colonialism.
One of the pillars of AHWS was the creation of Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHACs), with the objective of providing culturally-appropriate health care and an emphasis on tradition, healing, wellness, and delivering quality and culturally relevant health care.”
Ontario’s AHACs 20 years later
- In 2014, AHACs served over 50, 000 Aboriginal people in Ontario.
- Between 2013 and 2014, over 30, 000 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal clients were seen by AHACs for traditional programs.
- The top reasons for clients accessing primary care services are for diabetes (type II), mental health, hypertension, and well care.
- The core health funding inequities AHACs face in relation to their Community Health Centre (CHC) counterparts are crippling … funding parity is crucial for the AHACs’ success.