Taking Action to Improve Indigenous Health in the Cities of Québec and elsewhere in Canada

By: Carole Lévesque, Édith Cloutier, Ioana Radu, Dominique Parent-Manseau, Stéphane Laroche, Natasha Blanchet-Cohen


In Canada, there are significant gaps and disparities between the health conditions of the urban Indigenous population and those who live on reserves, as well as those of the Canadian population as a whole. Far from being limited to epidemiological or biomedical manifestations, health issues as related to Indigenous people necessarily evoke dimensions that are of a systemic and structural nature, where their legal status, constitutional recognition, capacity toward self-determination, and legitimate role within society are all at stake. The initiatives to curb these inequalities must ensure a real contribution from these peoples in decision-making and the governance of their social and public affairs; these initiatives must propose a real division of powers and be based on a collective, democratic, and global vision of health for the benefit of those directly concerned. These are the founding principles of the Minowé Clinic project established in a small Mid-Northern Québec town by the Val-d’Or Native Friendship Centre. Read more>>

Family separation and emotional bonds: women of Chiapas and Yucatan, Mexico, facing male migration to Quebec, Canada

By: Rosales-Mendoza, Adriana Leona; Campos-Flores, Linamar


Scarce attention has been given to the social-emotional problem that men in the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program undergo during the migratory process. Even less attention has been placed on their romantic partners. In this article, we inquire into the emotions felt among women from Yucatan and Chiapas, Mexico, while their partners are working in Canada. Our analysis is based on a postcolonial and intersectional perspective, as well as on a socio-anthropological and geographical approach to emotions. The strategy of inquiry is based on the qualitative approach, using a novel method of the evocation of emotion through images (photo-evoking), proposed by the authors