First Nations people and Inuit face some serious health-related challenges, such as high rates of chronic and contagious diseases and shorter life expectancy. For example, 15 per cent of new HIV and AIDS infections occur in Aboriginal people.
Compared to the general Canadian population,
For more statistical information, see the First Nations Comparable Health Indicators and the Statistical Profile on the Health of First Nations in Canada Web pages.
Health Canada is committed to closing the health status gap between First Nations people and Inuit and non-Aboriginal Canadians by working together to encourage healthy lifestyles, reduce and prevent diseases and provide health care services.
In this section, you will find information on Health Canada programs which help First Nations people and Inuit improve their health and decrease the rates of diabetes, tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS.
You will learn what is being done to address West Nile virus in First Nations communities, as well as have access to fact sheets and other resources on how to prevent diseases and know their symptoms.