The NWAC Health Unit is responsible for the development, analysis, and evaluation of health programs, national initiatives and strategies aimed at improving the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health and well-being of Aboriginal women in Canada.
It was created in recognition of the unique needs and perspectives of Aboriginal women in Canada, and in response to the health disparities experienced by Aboriginal people.
Through working on health issues, NWAC’s goal is to raise awareness of the disproportionate burden of ill health carried by Aboriginal women and to contribute towards the development of sustainable solutions for more positive health outcomes.
The Health Unit also promotes the application of a culturally-relevant gender based analysis (CR-GBA) to assesses policies and programs from a gender perspective to better understand how women and men differ in patterns of illness, risk factors, treatments and social contexts. This will lead to better health outcomes for both Aboriginal men and women.