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Global News: Manitoba youth propose ‘auntie-style,’ culturally appropriate health care

February 26, 2024 — 

Indigenous youth in Manitoba say they have a more accessible, culturally appropriate proposition for health care in the province.

As part of a national survey called OurCare, the University of Manitoba hosted several marginalized groups for roundtable discussions recently, leading to the proposal of “auntie-style” care.

The idea would include more Indigenous-led spaces, where practices like smudging and drumming are the norm, and more support to help youth access the health system, as many feel intimidated and discriminated against when they need to access health care.

“The national OurCare Standard provides a straightforward and easy to understand guide for what people should be able to expect from the primary care system and what policymakers and decision makers should work towards when making changes to the primary care system,” the U of M’s Dr. Amanda Condon said in a statement Monday.

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