Discussion Forum to Group:

We as health care stakeholders in our own country must appreciate the aboriginal people's love of the land regardless of nation and the importance of relationships, respect for elders and customs. Its is these values that should underpin any health care initiatives and be intrinsic in any new programs across all countries in relation to indigenous health and well-being. What used to be driven by treaty rights are slowly changing. For example, in Canada the federal government maintains that the provision of health care to status Indians is a matter of custom and policy rather than a treaty right. Whereby, public hospital and medical insurance now provides a basis for the delivery of health services to aboriginal people through the provincial health care systems. However, the inequity lies within Medical Services Branch of Health Canada which provides public health services and non-insured health benefits for First Nations communities, the fact remains that these supplemental services are not adequate to achieve equity in health care for aboriginal people.Social welfare policies can shape social and health care services.
In order to understand this process we need to look at a brief history of relations between native peoples and the federal government, especially those affecting health care in aboriginal communities.

Comparative Research in Welfare and Social Work

Research Proposal

Group 3: Topic- Current human services such as social work, among people in the North

Question 1:

Despite the fact that the Canadian health care system has been praised as one of the best and most progressive in the world, quality health care is out of reach for many aboriginal Canadians. Federal ­provincial jurisdictional disputes, cultural barriers and geographic isolation have impeded the access of aboriginal people to the health care system. Discuss in group -'How has this evolved and what do you think can ameliorate the current situation for the future directions?'

Question 2:

How does social welfare policies shape social and health care services in your counrty? Discuss in group and give examples.

Question 3:

Although it is important to adapt existing services so that they are culturally appropriate, and to address issues such as the role of traditional healers, aboriginal people should not be co-opted into pursuing alternative or traditional health care methods to the exclusion of Euro-Western medicine. Discuss as a group -'what are your thoughts to this statement and relate this to your own situation and policies in your own country?'