Amid chronic failure of health-care systems serving First Nations, senior bureaucrats are now referring to them as “broken.” Dr. Alika Lafontaine says this is a national tragedy — many First Nations lack access to even the most basic health services.
Billions are allocated annually for Indigenous health, with this federal budget adding $800 million over the next five years. Where does this money go? Why does it not have greater impact? Is the system really broken or is there another explanation?