Unfortunately, there are factors that exist on-reserve in Canada that increase the likelihood of disease and life-threatening conditions, with one major health issue being diabetes. Compared to the national average, on-reserve diabetes is four times higher, and the research shows that this is tied to the Socio-economic factors.
Lack of affordable housing has created situations of hidden homelessness (overcrowding) in First Nation communities as well as homelessness for Aboriginal people living in urban areas.
Incomplete education often includes poor literacy, diminishing the skills one might have to offer the labour market, often resulting in low paying jobs or higher rates of unemployment.
The impact of poverty can be a lack of access to material resources, such as nutrient dense food, which leads to high rates of obesity and diabetes and resultant poor cardiovascular and renal health.
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