Indigenous health in Saskatchewan is in a critical state that requires immediate and focused attention. This report validates the findings of studies such as the First Nations Regional Longitudinal Health Survey (2002/3), the Statistical Profile on the Health of First Nations in Canada (2003), and the Saskatchewan Health Research Strategy (2004) which reflect poor conditions of Indigenous health in Canada and Saskatchewan.
Indigenous community members, health workers, academics, and researchers are at the frontlines of health in communities and are, therefore, the experts on current conditions. There is an urgent request to move from rhetoric to action, to find ways to address the issues and implement strategies that have positive, tangible outcomes for communities. The experts who were surveyed were clear that Indigenous and mainstream health research institutes, the academy, and, most importantly, the funders, need to listen and be willing to shift policies and programs to better reflect the needs and wishes of Indigenous peoples.