The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region has a goal of improving health status outcomes of Aboriginal people.
According to the 2011 Census, Aboriginal people make up 4.3% of the Canadian population, yet they face disproportionately higher rates of illness and other health crises such as:
- diabetes rates three to five times higher than non-aboriginal Canadians;
- TB rates eight to ten times higher than overall Canadian rate;
- AIDS/HIV - AIDS overall infection rate is about 2.8% higher than non-Aboriginal Canadians;
- higher rates of heart disease, strokes (almost twice that of non-Aboriginal Canadians) and more deaths from heart attack;
- drug and alcohol addiction;
- and increased suicide rates.
Note: Statistics from Stats Canada.