The health of Manitoba Tribal Nations

In 2006, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs in partnership with the Manitoba First Nations Centre for Aboriginal Health Research (MFN-CAHR) launched its second report on the health of Manitoba First Nations communities. The report identified disparities and wellness indicators among children, youth and adults. The report here presented, following the format of the first 1997 report, focuses instead on tribal differences, specifically differences in the health and well-being of adults 18 years and older. The reason for adults only is that the second survey had limited data collection dollars and additional funding secured by Dr. Elias (and colleagues) made it possible to collect a larger sample in the participating communities for the targeted adult on-reserve population. This investment has made it possible for us to inform tribal nations on the health of their nation, as well as engage tribal nations in discussing potential causes of health disparities and factors associated with wellness. The breadth of the data in this report will also help inform tribal-level and regional-level policies and programs, and when used in traditional round table discussions, will build capacity in the interpretation of health indicators at the tribal level.