Final Health Policy Analysis : The Canadian Population

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Final Health Policy Analysis A health concern that may not be considered a common issue to the Canadian population is the lack of access to safe water among the Aboriginal population. The National Household Survey indicated in 2011 that about four percent of the Canadian population identifies as Aboriginal. The Constitution Act of 1982 identifies three main groups of Aboriginal people: First Nations, Metis and Inuit. First Nations are referred to as Status Indians, non-Status Indians, or Treaty Indians and represent sixty percent of the Aboriginal population. Status Indians are those that are registered under the Indian Act through a proof of ancestry, well non-Status Indians are not. Treaty Indians are the Indians that are a part of the First Nations that signed the treaties. Métis people represent about thirty-three percent of the Aboriginal population and identify themselves as mixed Aboriginal and European dissent. The Inuit are Indigenous people that represent about five percent of the Aboriginal population and live in the northern regions of Canada. The E. coli contamination that occurred in Walkerton, Ontario led to the general Canadian population inquiring about the quality of their own drinking water. This event was widely publicized and resulted in a policy inquiry that supported a new change in legislation. Media attention was not raised as to the conditions that the Aboriginal populations were facing, as many of their water systems were considered high

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