High school program aims Aboriginal kids at healthcare field

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Rina Bright grew up on the Sandy Bay First Nation, a community where the doctor showed up once a week, and the dental office was a school hallway. 

Today she's a teacher at Children of the Earth School in Winnipeg, dedicated to a special program aimed at Aboriginal students who want to become health care workers.
In this unique model, Bright stays with her students for four years, as they get the chance to work in clinics and assist in surgeries.

She believes this program is a powerful way to increase the number of Aboriginal people working in health care in Canada. And it's a program we desperately need, especially when you consider that Aboriginal people make up more than 4 per cent of Canada's population, but less than 0.25 per cent of the physicians.

If you could have an Aboriginal person as your family doctor, would you feel more comfortable visiting the doctor? Let us know in the comments section below.
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