Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day, of the Serpent River First Nation, says the state of health for First Nations people in Canada is deplorable.
Regional Chief Day has convened the responsibilities for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Health portfolio and will make a determined effort to raise the awareness on the state of First Nation health in Canada. Earlier this week Regional Chief Day provided opening remarks at the University of Toronto Faculty of Public Health’s Building Partnerships Celebration and reminded everyone that the state of health in First Nation communities is not only an Indigenous issue but a Canadian issue.
“We are dealing with a very serious health issues in our communities. Violence, suicide and children living in third-world conditions exist in this country yet we turn a blind eye to it. This impacts the whole health care system in Canada. We want what all people want – to raise happy, healthy children who will contribute to their families, their communities, and their country. Health matters to all of us. As the lead for the AFN Executive Committee on Health, I am going to make this a top priority. Next week we will be making an Ontario-specific statement on health. At that time it will be important for both the Canadian public and federal election parties and candidates to take note. Action is needed. Enough is enough.”
Regional Chief Day is chair of the Political Confederacy for the Chiefs of Ontario and a member of the National Executive of the Assembly of First Nations.