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Manitoba Métis Federation initiative addresses health and social inequities faced by Red River Métis communities

OTTAWA, ON, July 11, 2023 /CNW/ - Canada is one of the healthiest countries in the world, and everyone in Canada deserves opportunities to thrive and lead a healthy life. The Government of Canada has taken action to address systemic health challenges and barriers so that every individual has the resources and opportunities for good health and wellbeing.

Health inequities are systematic, unfair, and avoidable differences in health outcomes. Health inequities have long existed in Canada but became even more evident during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic disproportionately affected the mental and physical wellbeing of many groups in society, including Indigenous peoples, Black and racialized communities, as well as people from lower income households, children, youth, and seniors.

Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announced that the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF)-led project How We Get There: A Transportation Needs Assessment for Individuals Living with Chronic Illnesses, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), has successfully concluded. The project, which received $250,000 through the Intersectoral Action Fund (ISAF),  examined how access and barriers to medical transportation and care differ for those in urban, rural, and remote communities. It then explored how they vary over time, providing insights into the unique transportation needs and impacts on the health and wellbeing of Red River Métis Citizens by geographic location throughout Manitoba.

For this project, the MMF has:

The insights gained through this project will guide future policies and programs to help all Red River Métis Citizens have equitable access to medical transportation and care, regardless of gender, where they live, their unique needs or whether they experience chronic diseases.


"Our government is taking action to address health inequities and improve access to healthcare for all.  Supporting community organizations across the country like the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) helps us to work together towards the reduction of health and social inequities. Through this project, the MMF identified some of the root causes of complex public health challenges, including barriers to accessing medical transportation and care, that affect the health and wellbeing of those living with chronic diseases in Red River Métis. This represents a significant step towards improving health outcomes for Métis people."

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos
Minister of Health

"Canada's ongoing partnership with the Manitoba Métis Federation is an important step along our shared path of reconciliation. This project will create opportunities to improve the health of Red River Métis who experience a disproportionate rate of chronic illness and face transportation challenges in receiving the care they need. Our government will continue to remain a strong partner, working with Indigenous Peoples to address health and social inequalities and improve access to healthcare for everyone."

The Honourable Dan Vandal
Minister of Northern Affairs

"There is no question that our community experiences a disproportionate rate of chronic illness, with treatment posing a challenge for our Citizens who live in rural and remote communities. Transportation to receive regular and consistent physical assessment, treatment, and general care is an ongoing challenge, particularly in the remote and northern communities. Delivering healthcare services to our Citizens is an ongoing priority for the National government of the Red River Métis. We look forward to co-developing Red River Métis specific solutions with our Citizens, based on the findings from this needs assessment." 

Frances Chartrand
Minister for Health, Manitoba Métis Federation

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