Indigenous Peoples Resources
Research has shown that Indigenous Peoples are more likely to have high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, which puts First Nations, Inuit and Métis people at an even greater risk of heart disease and stroke than the general population.
Heart disease and stroke are two of the three leading causes of death in Canada, so it’s important to understand how to prevent them. The Foundation has culturally adapted some resources to help you understand the risk factors and signs for heart disease and stroke.
Heart and Stroke Foundation Resources
Taking Control: Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke
Poster: Let’s put our Hearts into it!
English (downloadable pdf, low resolution – 204kb)
English (downloadable pdf, high resolution – 7.3 MB)
Breath – The Spirit of the Heart
The misuse of tobacco threatens the health, quality of life and life expectancy of many First Nations, Inuit and Métis adults and children.
Breath - The Spirit of the Heart is a video with inspirational real life reflections, strategies and tips from First Nations people who have quit non-traditional tobacco use. They have found that there are many benefits to quitting; healthier heart and lungs, cleaner surroundings, improved taste and smell. Running time: 10 minutes.
Your Heart - It's in your Hands
First Nations people are more likely to have high blood pressure than the general population.
High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke and a major risk factor for heart disease. That’s why it’s very important to keep high blood pressure under control. This DVD will help you learn about high blood pressure and offers suggestions from members of First Nations communities about what you can do to live a healthier lifestyle. Learn how Chief Patrick Madahbee made lifestyle changes to lower his blood pressure. Hear how Mary Grace McGregor, an Elder in the Whitefish River First Nation, uses the Medicine Wheel to help her find balance in her life. Be inspired by Charles Shawanda as he works toward a healthier life. Find out from Dr. Jeff Reading how changes in First Nations’ traditional lifestyles have impacted their health. Running time: 24 minutes.
Heartbeat of the Anishnawbe Nation
This video will help you learn about lowering your risk of stroke by managing your blood pressure using medical and Aboriginal traditions. The video explains how smoking, diet, exercise, alcohol and medication affect blood pressure and the risk of stroke. The language of the video is Ojibwe and dubbed in Oji-Cree and English versions as well (19 minutes).
Watch the video:
My Heart & Stroke Risk Assessment
Compared to the general population, First Nations, Inuit and Métis people have higher rates of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, smoking and childhood obesity.
All of these factors increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Are you at risk?
Take My Heart&Stroke Risk Assessment TM and get a personalized risk profile and a customized action plan for healthy living that includes tips, tools, recipes and much more to help you reduce your risk.
Get your free personalized plan – loaded with lots of helpful information including realistic tips and support to help you prevent or control the risk factors you can do something about.
Canada's Food Guide - First Nations, Inuit and Métis version.
Health Canada: First Nations & Inuit Health
Ministry of Health, Ontario – Diabetes Fact Sheets
National Aboriginal Health Organization
Smoke Free Ontario: Quit – You Have It in You!
Toronto Public Health - TransFat Fact Sheets
Toronto West Stroke Network – Dysphagia Booklet
* The following links are provided as quality sources of information. The Heart and Stroke Foundation is not responsible for the contents of any linked Web site, or any changes or updates to such web sites. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement.
Last reviewed March 2011.