How one woman is trying to change the native people’s health care experience
This article is about a woman, Dr. Janet Smylie, who has created a program to help generate knowledge and information on historical and current aboriginal lifestyles to find new ways of connecting aboriginal individuals to our health care system, as it was not designed with aboriginals in mind. Because aboriginals have such a distinct culture, there are many aspects of their culture that have had a strong impact on the health issues that plague many of their communities. Dr. Smylie’s goal is to learn as much about their culture as possible to help get to the core of the issue and prevent these health issues for future generations. This article certainly compares to what we discussed in class as she points out that a major issue is the discrimination against aboriginals in this subject, and that the most important thing is to help connect them with the Canadian health care system. This displays that she recognizes that there is a deficiency in equality, and the removal of this deficiency will help to fix these major health issues. I think Dr. Smylie is doing a great job at addressing the topic as she has found a way to try to uproot the problem, and I respect her plans as she is unbiased and knowledgeable on the subject, being a non-aboriginal and having done extensive research on aboriginal history. I think the program is a fantastic idea because it seems to me that Dr. Smylie has located the root of the problem and has come up with a great idea to help fix it. I agree with her that much of aboriginals health issues stems from their culture and the way they were discriminated against and outcasted, and by finding learning about their cultures and lifestyles and also their core issues, we stand a far better chance at connecting them to our health care system and eventually reducing their growing health issues.
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