"The average person in Toronto has a life expectancy of 75 years. The average Aboriginal person in Toronto can expect to live about half that long – only 37 years. For Aboriginal men it is 34. Those are the finding of a new report by Anishnawbe Health Toronto, a centre with the goal of improving health and well-being of Aboriginal People.
The largest group of aboriginals don’t live in scattered northern outposts – they live in the GTA. Some call Toronto the largest First Nation reserve in the country.
“We don’t have a huge sample size (only 109 people from 2010 – 2012), but we think it is representative,” says Dr. Rajbir Klair, one of the reports’ authors, to Kevin Newman Live. “It’s a very low age, but there are a fair amount of kids and transients on the list plus a lot of the population is displaced or homeless.”
Shah, Klair and the third author, Dr. Allison Reeves were less concerned about the actual cause of death, which in most cases is related to poverty, but the root causes.
“I was interested in what their life was like,” Shah says. So in addition to the quantitative chart, they also did a qualitative analysis interviewing 20 people close to the deceased. (…)”