Indigenous Peoples' Health & Aging

Welcome to the Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health and the Division of Indigenous Peoples’ Health & Aging.  The need for culturally relevant research, education and health care services for Indigenous people in Canada is increasing due to an aging population and a high burden of chronic and terminal disease amongst this population.  

Aboriginal people are the fastest growing segment of the Canadian population.  It is projected that the population of people aged 55 and over who are of Aboriginal identity will more than double by 2017 (Statistics Canada).  In Northwest Ontario, almost 20% of the population identifies themselves as Aboriginal and is the highest Aboriginal population of all of the LHINs in Ontario.  Chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory problems, asthma, and cancer have been identified as primary health concerns of Aboriginal people living in NW LHIN.  Some identified gaps in programs and services for Aboriginal people in the NW LHIN include chronic disease diagnosis and management, acute diseases /accidents and injuries, continuity of care/provision of essential services and specialized care and seniors programs and services (Northwest LIHN: Aboriginal Health Programs and Services Analysis & Strategies, Final Report, April 2010).


  • To build collaborative relationships among Indigenous people and communities, researchers, health and social service providers, and partners in care
  • To promote culturally relevant and safe research practices and ensure self-determination in all research concerning Indigenous people.
  • To gather knowledge together in one place as a "one stop" place for research and knowledge translation on Indigenous peoples’ health & aging
  • To enhance community capacity within Indigenous communities to address needs related to Indigenous peoples’ health & aging.

Division Lead:

Christopher Mushquash

Title: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Lakehead University

Phone: (807) 343-8239


Christopher Mushquash, Ph.D., C.Psych. is a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Lakehead University and the Division of Human Sciences at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. He is a Clinical Psychologist at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care. Dr. Mushquah’s research and clinical work focuses on culturally appropriate addiction and mental health assessment and intervention for First Nations People through partnership with First Nation communities and organizations. He is currently a member of the Institute Advisory Board for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute if Aboriginal Peoples’ Health. For more information, please visit his website: