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Moving Aboriginal Health Forward

Discarding Canada’s Legal Barriers

There is a clear connection between the health of individuals and the legal regime under which they live, particularly Aboriginal peoples. From the early ban on traditional practices to the constitutional division of powers (including who is responsible for off-reserve Indians under the Constitution), this is an historical examination of Canadian legal regimes and the impact they have had on the health of Aboriginal peoples. With an emphasis on the social determinants of health, Boyer outlines how commitments made regarding Aboriginal rights through treaties and Supreme Court of Canada rulings can be used to advance the health of Aboriginal peoples.

224 pages

Table of Contents


Part One

1 Health Determinants

2 Aboriginal Society and Good Health

3 Historical Health Influences

Part Two

4 The Law is a Determinant of Health

5 Aboriginal and Treaty Rights to Health




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