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  September 2010

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Call for presentations and posters: International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health



Submit a presentation or poster abstract for the 4th International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health to be held in Vancouver in March 2011. Submissions should be related to Indigenous child health, and from individuals working with Indigenous populations. Submission deadline is September 20, 2010. Visit the conference webpage for more information.


Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada National Conference


The Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada (ANAC) will hold a National Conference from October 25-27, 2010 in Toronto, Ont. Visit the ANAC website for information on the program, speakers, and other conference details.


Your Health at Home: Environmental home health guide for First Nations families


Health Canada has published a guide for First Nations families called Your Health at Home as part of a campaign to raise awareness about environmental health issues. The guide provides a home checklist, resources and tips on a variety of environmental health topics aimed at helping families keep their homes safer and healthier. “This in turn can make an immediate difference in improving the health of First Nations families and communities,” said Dr. Paulette Tremblay, CEO of the National Aboriginal Health Organization. A version for Inuit communities is in development. For more information:


Provincial Advocates: Aboriginal living conditions ‘completely unacceptable’


A Canadian Council of Provincial Child and Youth Advocates’ report on disparities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children’s health and well-being calls the current situation “completely unacceptable.” The Advocates call on all levels of government to address inequalities, such as the 49 percent of First Nations kids under six off reserve living in poverty, and the disproportionate number of Aboriginal youth involved with the justice system or child protective services. Download the position paper or visit B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth website for more information. 


AFN launches Call to Action for First Nations education


The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has launched a Call to Action on First Nations education, calling for governments, education institutions, private and public sectors, and Canadian communities to support education and skills training for First Nations youth that will help them succeed in life. “Education is directly related to social and economic health and is a key to pursuing our other priorities like stronger governing capacity and economic development,” said AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo. Visit the Call to Action or AFN news release for more information. 


United Nations report calls for Canada to work with Friendship Centres


The most recent report from the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues makes a number of recommendations with implications for Aboriginal people in Canada. Article 99, for example, cites the need for the federal government to establish a working relationship with Friendship Centres and similar organizations to better serve the needs of Aboriginal people living in urban centres. See pages 15-16 of the report, or visit the National Association of Friendship Centres website for more information.


NAHO celebrates new youth role models


This past summer, the National Aboriginal Health Organization named 12 new national Aboriginal Role Models for 2011-2012. The role models are chosen by their peers based on criteria such as innovation, achievement and leadership. During their one-year term, role models will visit First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and attend events to share their stories with other young people. Visit the Lead Your Way! website to learn more about the program and this year’s role models.  


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