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  Spring 2009
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Watch for new features on the Many Hands, One Dream (MHOD) website coming over the next few months. The MHOD website will soon feature upcoming events and new resources related to Aboriginal child and youth health. Promote your events, gatherings, new publications or other resources to a wide audience interested in the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children and youth. The website exposure will be an excellent compliment to the MHOD newsletter. We invite you to submit your announcements for posting on the website and/or for the newsletter to You will also be able to submit directly through the website.


Seek Knowledge for a change at this year’s Summer Institute


The National Collaborating Centres for Public Health will host its Summer Institute from July 6-9, 2009 in Beaupré, Quebec. The theme is Knowledge for a change, reflecting the centres’ goal of ensuring that the best available knowledge is shared and used to achieve practical ends in improving public health. The event will focus on collaboration, networking, and evaluation as essential tools for achieving better public health. Visit the Summer Institute website for program details.


Many Hands principles inspire paper on Aboriginal children's mental health


The Many Hands principles were the inspiration for a worldview paper on Aboriginal children's mental health developed last October. The paper, commissioned by the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO, focuses on the importance of understanding the differences between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures. It shows how mental health is framed by different knowledge systems in different cultures, and recommends that the Many Hands principles should form the foundation of any mental health program affecting Aboriginal peoples in Canada. For more information, contact the paper’s author, Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada at


Ontario supports Jordan’s Principle


The government of Ontario has signed onto Jordan's Principle. The April announcement is good news for First Nations children with complex health care needs, who have previously been caught in the middle of jurisdictional disputes over health care. For more information, visit the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs website.


UN Committee passes comment on Indigenous Child Rights


The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) passed a General Comment in January on Indigenous children and their rights under the Convention. This exciting development is the result of over three years of consultations conducted with the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Indigenous child rights advocates, the Indigenous working group on child rights, and children themselves. The General Comment is intended to guide States Parties, such as Canada, on how they should apply the Convention with respect to Indigenous children. The General Comment will also be a useful reference as we all respond to Canada’s report to the UNCRC, scheduled to be filed this year.


Aboriginal Admission Program at the University of Ottawa


In 2005, the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine initiated an Aboriginal Admission Program, and accepted its first seven students. All seven students from the 2005 class are now successfully matched for post-graduate career paths and primed for graduation in May. Recruitment is now underway to fill the eight annually reserved positions for Aboriginal students that will be available in September. There are 21 students currently enrolled in the program, which aims to graduate 100 Aboriginal physicians by 2020. Please contact or 613-562-5800, ext. 8687 for more information.


International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health


Over 300 delegates from Canada, the United States, Mexico and Australia attended the 3rd International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health in March in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The event, co-hosted by the Canadian Paediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from Health Canada and the Indian Health Service, is an opportunity for communities and organizations to share best practices and solutions. The next conference will be held in 2011 in Canada.


Concern about INAC’s response to Auditor General’s recommendations


The House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Accounts has issued a report expressing significant concerns about the slow progress of the Department of Indian Affairs (INAC) in clearly responding to the recommendations made by the Auditor General of Canada in her May 2008 report on First Nations child welfare funding. The Standing Committee was particularly concerned that INAC had not ensured that all First Nations children across Canada receive equitable child welfare funding.

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