The drastic changes that have occurred over the past 130 years have led to disproportionately high incidences of preventable disease among First Nations. For example, First Nations in BC have diabetes rate 40 percent higher than the rate of the general population. Additionally, First Nations populations have higher levels injuries such as motor vehicle crashes, as one of the leading causes of injury and death. First Nations peoples have higher rates of arthritis; high blood pressure; diabetes; asthma; heart disease; cataracts and chronic conditions. Food insecurity is a major issue and a precursor to many health problems such as malnutrition, low birth weight babies, unhealthy pregnancies and poor health in seniors. Deaths due to medically treatable diseases are higher among First Nations than the rest of the population, mainly due to untimely access to medical intervention. Deaths for HIV are higher as are rates of HIV per capita.

First Nations people have a right to universal and timely access to health services regardless of their economic status, age or gender or place of residence (First Nation Submission on Health Blueprint). There is a need for First Nations participation in mainstream initiatives such as injury prevention, home care, housing needs for First Nations with disabilities, health promotion, disease prevention and midwifery.  The blueprint submission identifies the priorities of the document, those being; the children, women, families, elders and people with disabilities - and a holistic approach to meeting their needs.

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