Industrialization and the Politicization of Health in Labrador Métis Society
This paper discusses the multi-dimensional concept of health in Labrador Métis society and the impact of industrialization and increased governmental regulation on the Métis. The Labrador Métis concepts of health feature social, emotional and spiritual aspects and people are viewed as active agents in their own health maintenance and promotion, particularly with regard to food intake and personal safety in their geographical environment. Many Métis are aware that they have become part of the Fourth World: the global community of Indigenous peoples living in internal colonies within larger nation-states. Fourth World land, often geographically marginal, has been expropriated and Fourth World people are politically dominated by the immigrant population. Métis Aboriginality is expressed in concepts of health with a core principle that it is important to maintain a constant, intimate relationship with the land. Industrialization and adoption of technology have impacted Métis society, as have the growth of government regulation of life and resources; the cod moratorium and the ban on salmon fishing for all but tourists. Anthropology has an important contribution to make by facilitating the telling of stories by Métis people themselves so that an understanding can be gained of how cultural change comes about, and what this means to people on an intimate level.
01 Jan 2000
Primary Health Care
Strategic Research Theme
Arctic and Northern Regions
Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery