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Aboriginal Women and Home Care in Saskatchewan

nOTES by Erika Haug, Shelley Thomas Prokop

Aboriginal women have always played a central role as caregivers within their families and communities. Over the course of their lives, many Aboriginal women will alternate between being care providers and requiring care themselves. However, Erika Haug and Shelley Thomas Prokop argue that despite the amount of care-giving being performed as unpaid work by women in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities, this gender discrepancy is even higher in Aboriginal communities due to cultural values of caring for family members, lack of services, and lack of professional training opportunities.

Haug and Prokop highlight several reasons why the availability of home care services is particularly important to Aboriginal women: 1) many Aboriginal women with limitations and chronic health problems would be allowed to stay at home and participate in their communities; 2) due to their role as primary care providers, women are disproportionately affected by the care needs of others in their community; and, 3) home care is important to Aboriginal women because alternatives (such as institutional care) may not be an option in their respective communities.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Erika Haug; Shelley Thomas Prokop;
Publisher: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2004; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: Provincial;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Aboriginal / Health Care
Policy Articles / Aboriginal / Health Care / 2004
Policy Articles / Aboriginal

Keywords / Tags:

home care; Aboriginal women; primary care providers; institutional care; Aboriginal caregivers; cultural issues; Aboriginal care needs;