Lii Zaanfaan (The Children)
Started in April 2020, the Lii Zaanfaan (The Children): Understanding the Health and Well-being Trajectories of Métis Children in Alberta will deepen our understanding of Métis health and build on knowledge from the maternal and perinatal health research. This project explores how intergenerational trauma and maternal and perinatal health impact the health and well-being of Métis children.
Are you the caregiver of a Métis child 10 years or younger? Share with us your stories and experiences of caring for and raising Métis children by completing the Lii Zaanfaan (The Children) caregivers survey here.
Completed surveys will be entered into a draw for one of five $100 pre-paid Visa gift cards.
About the study
The MNA is currently developing a 10-year strategy to support the health and well-being of Métis children and families across the lifespan by creating and enhancing supports during the early years of life.
The Lii Zaanfaan study will help us understand the contributing factors, conditions, and actions that can make the most difference to improve Métis children’s health and well-being in Alberta.
The goal of the study is to create a unified, Métis-led approach across each of the six MNA regions that is grounded in community knowledge.
The feedback from Lii Zaanfaan will directly inform our strategy and the planning of culturally appropriate, self-directed actions that support Métis children’s health in Alberta and across Canada.
The Lii Zaanfaan project began in April 2020 to deepen the MNA’s understanding of Métis maternal and perinatal health and research.
- Métis Nation of Alberta Wellness Program, a partnership with Alberta Blue Cross and Homewood Health, offers mental health counselling to Métis Nation of Alberta Citizens 24/7, free of charge: 1-844-729-0261
- Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada 24/7. Visit them online or call 1-855-242-3310.
- Health Link: 811
- Mental Health Helpline: 1-877-303-2642
- Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 or text 686868
- Alberta 211 (provides referrals for community, government, and social services)
This project is funded by a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Ehawawisit (With Child)
The Ehawawisit (With Child): Maternal and Perinatal Health Outcomes Among the Métis in Alberta and the Influence of Proximal, Intermediate, and Distal Determinants of Health research project was developed in partnership with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta, and McMaster University.
Through an epidemiological analysis of administrative health data, we saw where Métis women and babies experienced different health outcomes compared to non-Métis women and babies. The Ehawawisit project activities were completed in April 2021 and the findings were compiled into three reports.