Public health should be part of Canada's missing and murdered Aboriginal women inquiry

Public health should be involved in Canada's national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women, because many factors underlying family and interpersonal violence are linked to mental health issues, substance abuse, low income and other public health issues, urges an editorial in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal)

"It's clear that a common web—woven of a legacy of colonization and cultural genocide, and a cumulative history of societal neglect, discrimination and injustice—underlies both endemic interpersonal violence and in Canada's ," states Dr. Kirsten Patrick, deputy editor, CMAJ. "There is no conversation to be had about one without a conversation about the other—if the aim is healing—because the root causes are the same."

With the public health sector actively trying to address disparities in of health in many parts of the country, it can also make an important contribution in the upcoming inquiry.

"We are presented with not just an opportunity for renewing trust between indigenous communities and the Government of Canada but also for extending the roles of public health and the health care sector in the facilitation of health and healing," concludes Dr. Patrick.

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More information: "Not just justice: inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women needs public health input from the start," Canadian Medical Association Journal (2016). DOI: 10.1503/cmaj.160117
Citation: Public health should be part of Canada's missing and murdered Aboriginal women inquiry (2016, February 29) retrieved 18 November 2019 from
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