Ontario’s health minister says he has faith the provincial government will “hand back” health-care decision-making power to First Nations within a matter of years.
Dr. Suzanne Stewart, director of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the University of Toronto, said she was hopeful the minister would follow through on his promise that Indigenous people are going to be able to self-determine with respect to health.
“The Western health care and biomedical supports and interventions have not worked to help Native people,” Stewart said.
Indigenous people in Ontario have a lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality rates, and more chronic and infectious diseases.
Hoskins called the disparities in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Ontario “deplorable,” and attributed the failing to a “cruel” system.