Reaching health equity for all is particularly important within Indigenous communities and peoples who have a unique and complex history. Indigenous people's experiences of colonialization have contributed unjustly to poorer population health outcomes than that of other Ontarians.
The report Creating Our Way Forward: Recommendations for Improving Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services' Indigenous Engagement 2019 written by Kelly Fran Davis in collaboration with local Indigenous organizations:
The Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe are the local Indigenous Peoples of Niagara region. The oldest known treaty between Europeans and the local Indigenous peoples included the land we now call Niagara.
In 1613, the Dutch and the Haudenosaunee created an agreement known as the Two Row Wampum, with two purple rows surrounded by three white rows. One purple row represents the ship of the Dutch. The other purple row is the Haudenosaunee canoe. Each row is travelling down the river of life side by side, neither attempting to steer the other's vessel. The three white rows represent three principles to solidify the treaty: friendship and peace between the two people in an agreement that will last forever.
Learn about the different Indigenous organizations in Niagara and check out the programs and services they offer. You can also sign up for their newsletters and attend local events.
The Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre produced a docuseries highlighting Indigenous history in Niagara. Together, they're less than an hour long