This paper highlights deficits in key determinants of Aboriginal children’s wellness and education outcomes. It focuses on the potential for early childhood programming, delivered in concert with other programmatic supports, to form a significant part of a comprehensive strategy involving all levels of government, in partnerships with Aboriginal groups, to ensure equity and dignity for Aboriginal young children and to improve outcomes for Aboriginal Peoples over the long term. Outstanding needs for population data and for research on program outcomes are also highlighted as part of the solution because they can inform investments and program improvements to ensure accountability and critical gains in opportunities for success and quality of life for Aboriginal children.
Health & Well-Being
Publication Date: 2012
This paper describes the outcomes of a two-day meeting that brought together 12 participants to discuss the underlying causes of child well-being and develop an initial framework to consider the impact of structural factors on children’s lives and the inequalities that too often shape (and limit) their futures
Publication Date: 2013
"Provide[s] insight into the health status of Aboriginal children living off reserve in Alberta, and into the determinants of health in young Aboriginal children living off reserve in Canada." -p. 197
In many of the discussions held in support of the development of the First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework (the Framework), the four directions provided guidance for exploring the meaning of mental wellness within First Nations communities. Regional discussion sessions, a National Gathering, and a National Validation and Implementation Session were instrumental in grounding the Framework in community ideas and visions that all contributed to its concepts and key themes.