The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) knows how important the topic of health is when trying to maintain a strong and motivated community, which is why a number of critical health promotion initiatives focused on improving the health and wellness of community members are now being implemented. Current initiatives include:
- The MNA Metis Public Health Surveillance Program. Supported by the Public Health Agency of Canada with a new 5-year agreement, and working in cooperation with Alberta Health, this project will identify health data specific to Métis. As there is limited Métis-specific health data currently available, the goal of the initiative is to establish linkages between Alberta Health records and the MNA membership registry.
- Health Status of the Métis Population of Alberta Report. This report represents a landmark investigation into the health status of Métis Albertans. The research was performed by Métis Nation of Alberta and University of Alberta researchers. The findings from this report indicate that Métis are on average healthier than First Nations, but still lag behind Non-Aboriginals in terms of health outcomes. It is clear that more needs to be done to ensure the welfare of Métis Albertans. The full report can be accessed here: Health Status of the Métis Population of Alberta
For more information about these health initiatives, or if you require any assistance, please contact the MNA Provincial Office at 780-455-2200 or toll free at 1-800-252-7553.