A synopsis of northern medical history.


The Northwest Territories constitute approximately 40% of Canada's land mass. In this area there are approximately 30,000 people composed of 5700 Indians, 10,000 Eskimos and 15,000 white people and Metis. Of this total, over one third live either on the shores of Great Slave Lake or within 100 miles of its shores. The distribution of the remainder of the population is approximately one person per 100 square miles. These data are significant from many viewpoints but for our purposes they constitute a unique challenge in so far as the implementation of health services in the Territories is concerned. The purpose of this paper is to sketch a brief picture of the development of health services in this vast segment of our country. The narrative proper represents an attempt to focus upon highlights of the development of medical and health services in the North.

First Nations