Indigenous health is Canadian health. The health of Indigenous peoples in Canada is a complex social justice issue that can only be addressed by people who are creative, skilled, culturally competent, committed and passionate about righting historical wrongs and acting to create a more inclusive, equitable society.
Understand the historical and contemporary causes of current issues such as poverty, water and food security, addictions, youth suicide, family violence.
Learn traditional Indigenous teachings and contemporary perspectives by engaging with elders, knowledge keepers, health care professionals and other Indigenous peoples. Learn how Indigenous values, knowledge and practices foster healthy children, youth, adults, elders, families and communities.
Develop transferable and portable skills and practices to assist organizations and communities to respond to critical health issues facing Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. Apply what you have learned and gain valuable workplace experience by completing a practicum with a provincial or Indigenous organization.
As a graduate of Aboriginal Health, you will carry transferable and portable workplace skills and knowledge to work within varied settings such as Indigenous organizations and communities dedicated to health and healing, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, and mainstream health facilities serving Indigenous peoples. You'll be able to help employers identify and understand the needs of Indigenous peoples and then develop the programs and services needed to make those needs, and assist with evaluating and planning for future organizational and community development.