- Programs and Services
The goal of the Aboriginal Health and Wellness Strategy (AHWS) is to improve the health of Aboriginal individuals, families, communities and nations. This will be realized by reduced family violence through equitable access to health care, Aboriginal specific health care facilities, improved standards of care, the provision of culturally appropriate health services, and the promotion of a healthy environment. A traditional and culturally appropriate approach to healing and wellness for all Aboriginal peoples of Ontario will ensure access for all to the type of health care and services most other Ontarians take for granted.
The two main components of the Strategy are “healing" and "wellness". These evolved from the need to address the issues of family violence in Aboriginal communities and to create a province wide, Aboriginal-specific health policy.
The Strategy is unique because the government’s role is administrative and its services and programs are Aboriginal designed, delivered and controlled. Empowerment is critical to promoting wellness in Aboriginal communities striving for self-reliance and is achieved by using the traditional and cultural teachings and values that kept individuals and communities strong in the past.
The AHWS is directed by a Joint Management Committee with representation from the following:
Key priorities include: