"I would just like to see more acknowledgement, respect and services for the people who are in between, just Métis people": Recommendations by Métis women to improve access to health and social services in Victoria, Canada

Date

2022

Authors

Monchalin, Renée
Monique, Auger
Jones, Carly
Paul, Willow
Loppie, Charlotte

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AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples

Abstract

This paper reports on recommendations made by Métis women, two-spirit, and gender diverse people for improving access to health and social services in Victoria, British Columbia. Expanding on research conducted in Toronto, Ontario, this study applied a conversational interview method to further explore and understand experiences of self-identifying Métis women, two-spirit, and gender diverse people (n = 24) who access health and social services in Victoria. Participants provided wholistic and practical recommendations for improving access to health and social services, including (1) warm and inviting service spaces, (2) Métis-specific cultural safety training, (3) Indigenous specific clinic, (4) wholistic or integrative service delivery, and (5) non-judgemental service providers. This research demonstrates that Métis women, two-spirit and gender diverse community members hold practical solutions for improving access to health and social services for the larger Métis community.

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access, Canada, health services, Métis, urban

Citation

Monchalin, R., Auger, M., Jones, C., Paul, W., & Loppie, C. (2022). “‘I would just like to see more acknowledgement, respect and services for the people who are in between, just Métis people’: Recommendations by Métis women to improve access to health and social services in Victoria, Canada.” AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 18(3), 327-334. https://doi.org/10.1177/11771801221103399