The purpose of this report is to provide a sound baseline measure of how First Nations children are doing in order to determine if children’s lives are improving as a result of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. The present report was requested by the Healthy Child Committee of Cabinet to focus on First Nations children in Manitoba and to provide valuable information on their health and well-being – similar to Child Health Atlas reports previously prepared by Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP). The research team includes members from MCHP, First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba (FNHSSM) and Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC). The analyses provide comparisons between First Nations children and all other Manitoba children, comparisons between on and off reserve First Nations, and regional comparisons by Regional Health Authority and by Tribal Council Areas. Large disparities between First Nations children and other Manitoba children were found in birth outcomes, physical health, mental health, health & prevention services, education, social services, justice system involvement and mortality. These results must be understood within the broader historical, social, legal and political context.
Cover Artwork - Artist Acknowledgement
By Jackie Traverse
The Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre and First Nation Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba would like thank artist Jackie Traverse for providing the artwork for “Our Children, Our Future: The Health and Well-Being of First Nations Children in Manitoba” report cover.
Traverse is an Anishinabe woman from Lake St. Martin, First Nations and University of Manitoba School of Art alumna. She works in a range of mediums including sculpture, mixed media and video. Her work is recognized across Canada.
Traverse’s works speak to the realities of being an Indigenous woman. She is moved by the injustices faced by First Nation people. Through her art Traverse strives to inspire dialogue to address her people’s social issues.
Art is where Traverse’s heart lies, feeling the strongest spiritual connection with all that she creates. Making art is where Traverse finds some of her happiest moments.
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