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NSLAP WELLNESS: Impacts of Racism on Health and Intergenerational Trauma

"Racism impacts Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) directly by impacting their ability to access healthcare, and accessing healthcare at the level that it’s provided to White people. Currently in Canada, healthcare for Indigenous people falls into a patchwork ... that has created bureaucratic delays, leaving Indigenous peoples waiting for care or medications readily available to non-Indigenous Canadians. It’s created gaps in care between Indigenous and non-status and First Nations people living off-reserve. Additionally, the historical trauma that Indigenous people faced has led to mistrust of the health care system, in turn leaving Indigenous people less likely to seek timely care and less likely to trust or access prevention programming, diagnostic tools or treatment options.

Blatant acts of racism against Indigenous people seeking care in hospitals continue to occur, and BIPOC patients may receive below average care when compared to White patients. Doctors and nurses may think that BIPOC are faking their pain or that they don’t feel pain the same way as White people."

On behalf of your Nova Scotia Lawyers Assistance Program (NSLAP) provider, Homewood HealthTM is pleased to provide the following newsletter "Impacts of Racism on Health and Intergenerational Trauma"

If you have wellness questions, or are looking for wellness information, visit the NSLAP website at For more information and support, along with resources and counselling on racism, health and intergenerational trauma, register with Homewood Health™ Please note that NSLAP is your “company” name when you register.

Call in confidence, 24 hours a day: 1 866 299 1299 (within Nova Scotia) | (See the website for details about calling from outside Nova Scotia) | 1 866 398 9505 (en français) | 1 888 384 1152 (TTY).