On average, Canadians are living longer and healthier lives than ever – a long-term success resulting from a variety of public health measures and medical breakthroughs over the years. These trends have not only improved and extended the lives of individuals, but have also had a positive impact on family and community well-being.
However, these average improvements in public health mask significant inequalities in health and well-being experienced by marginalized communities. In particular, First Nations people, Inuit and Métis continue to experience lower life expectancy and much higher rates of morbidity and mortality (including infant and maternal mortality), infectious diseases, suicide, homicide and violence, and accidents than non-Indigenous Canadians.
SDG 3 aims to ensure healthy lives and promote the well-being among all people, which is essential to sustainable development in Canada and around the world.
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