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  Fall 2013

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BC online cultural competency training focuses on Aboriginal patient care


The Government of B.C. and BC Medical Association are offering a training program targeted at rural physicians who care for Aboriginal patients. Physicians will have access to an online training program designed to increase their knowledge and strengthen their skills when working with Aboriginal patients and families. A facilitator guides and supports participants through interactive learning modules that examine First Nations culture and history. Visit for more information. Health care professionals can sign up at


The NCCAH publishes paper on Understanding Racism


Since the time of first contact with Europeans, Aboriginal peoples in Canada have experienced several forms of racism, which have negatively affected all aspects of their lives and well-being. A paper by the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH) is the first of three that will focus on anti-Aboriginal racism in Canada, beginning with an exploration of the concept of race, its history and contexts, and continuing with a discussion of the various forms of racism within societies. Visit the NCCAH website for more information.


Childhood Health and Wellness Resource Booklets developed through NCCAH


Four new resource booklets were collaboratively developed by the NCCAH and BC First Nations Health Authority to share important parenting information, strategies, tips, and other resources that will help First Nations and Métis parents raise healthy, secure, confident, trusting, and resilient children. Visit the NCCAH website for more information.


Get ready: February 14, 2014 is Have a Heart Day!


Have a Heart Day invites caring people of all ages to send letters to their elected officials so that First Nations children have an equal chance to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy and be proud of who they are. Repeated studies have found that federal government funding for children’s services on reserves is inequitable. You can help by organizing a letter-writing campaign or other event to raise awareness, and by spreading the word through social media like Facebook and Twitter. Learn more at


Hi-Ho Mistahey! A documentary film about Shannen’s Dream


Hi-Ho Mistahey! tells the story of Shannen Koostachin, a young girl from Attawapiskat First Nation who launched a national campaign to ensure safe and comfy schools and fair access to education for First Nations children. “Hi-Ho Mistahey,” which means “I love you forever” in Cree, was a favourite phrase of Shannen’s. The film is directed by Alanis Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki First Nation and one of Canada’s most acclaimed documentary filmmakers. Produced by the National Film Board (NFB), Hi-Ho Mistahey! is scheduled for release on the NFB website in the spring of 2014. For more information, visit


Call for submissions: First Peoples Child & Family Review


The First Peoples Child & Family Review is now accepting papers for publication in two upcoming issues: The deadlines are January 6 and March 31, 2014. This journal is published by the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society and is dedicated to research honouring the voices, perspectives and knowledge of First Peoples. Visit for more information.


Guidelines for health professionals working with Aboriginal patients


Published by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, Health Professionals Working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis includes information on changing demographics, health systems and policies that affect Aboriginal peoples, sexual and reproductive health, and pregnancy care. A companion piece and infographic containing key facts, clinical tips and care information written in accessible language has been released for distribution to First Nations, Inuit and Métis women, social services workers, health navigators, community health workers, cultural-liaison workers, health services researchers, and other stakeholders. For more information, visit the SOGC website.


Website offers support to Inuit post-secondary students


The Tukitaarvik Inuit Student Centre website provides tools to support Inuit students during post-secondary education. The site also has information for potential students, graduates, employers, or mentors of Inuit youth. Visit to register or for more information.

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