Canada’s Indigenous people face many instances of inequity, but the more than 40,000 seniors among them often experience particular challenges.
In many instances, they fall into the cracks between federal and provincial/territorial jurisdiction and face bureaucratic slowdowns. Critics say that Aboriginal, Métis and Inuit Canadians over age 65 are paying for the lack of collaborative problem-solving between government departments and agencies. They point to poor communication and coordination at every level, including provincial/territorial ministries, the federal government and Indigenous communities. For example, some hospitals have sent frail patients home to their communities without checking if there are appropriate support services because historically Indigenous peoples have been viewed as a federal responsibility.Read more