Year: 2003 Source: Canadian Journal of Public Health, v.94, no.3, (May 2003), p.173-175 SIEC No: 20080961

In traditional Aboriginal* cultures, women are the givers of life, and this role is highly respected. Unfortunately, today many Aboriginal women face greater health risks than women in the general population.1 The following presents a review of Aboriginal womenÕs health status in Ontario, with particular focus on causes of mortality and morbidity; namely the incidence and prevalence of heart disease, diabetes, suicide, cancer, depression, substance use, and family violence in comparison to women of Ontario more generally.