Everyone deserves a healthy life free from heart disease and stroke.
Meeting the challenges of health reconciliation
Equality and equity matter. For Indigenous peoples of Canada, settler colonialism has created the conditions that have led to wide disparities in health outcomes. Reconciliation means by working together we can address the gaps on social determinants of health.
HeartSmart Kids program
HeartSmart Kids™ provides free resources for educators, students and families created in partnership with Indigenous communities to support the education of heart, brain, and holistic health. Highlights include full-colour activity books, monthly activities to use in class or at home, and a video library co-created with Indigenous artists and storytellers.
Where research meets health care
A holistic approach to Indigenous health
Dr. Jeff Reading says collaboration and research are key to solving health disparities.
Canada’s first Inuk cardiac surgeon
Dr. Donna May Kimmaliardjuk is breaking new ground and inspiring Indigenous youth.
Advancing women’s heart and brain health
Four researchers receive special funding through Heart & Stroke for work to improve women’s heart and brain health.
After a heart transplant saved her life, Esther finds strength and health in Indigenous traditions.
Combining the power of traditional and western medicine helped Lisa recover from stroke
Senator Murray Sinclair says his stroke woke him up to “my obligation to take better care of myself”
Kevin Starlight relied on his community and his own strength to recover from stroke
More on Indigenous women's health
Indigenous women and heart disease
Women from Indigenous communities have a higher risk of heart disease and face challenges while accessing care.