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  Spring 2010

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  Submit a workshop proposal for the International Meeting on Indigenous Health  

The deadline to submit a workshop proposal abstract for the 4th International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health is quickly approaching! Submissions are welcome from anyone working with Indigenous populations, on any topic related to Indigenous child and youth health. Abstracts must be received by May 17, 2010. See submission requirements for more information or contact Bookmark the conference website and check back often for updates. The conference will be held in March 2011 in Vancouver.


Food guide now available in four Aboriginal languages


Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide - First Nations, Inuit and Métis is now available in four Aboriginal languages: Woods Cree, Plains Cree, Ojibwe, and Inuktitut. These translations will help ensure that the food guide, which incorporates the importance of both traditional and store-bought foods for Aboriginal populations, will be accessible to a larger number of Canadians. Visit the Health Canada website for more information or to download a copy of the food guide. 


John Beaucage to advise on needs of Aboriginal youth


The Government of Ontario has appointed John Beaucage, former Grand Council Chief of the Anishinabek Nation, as the first Aboriginal Advisor to the Minister of Children and Youth Services. Mr. Beaucage will advise the Minister on First Nations child welfare issues. This one year appointment comes at the same time that the province is reviewing the Child and Family Services Act. Visit the Government of Ontario newsroom for more information. 


CPS art contest asks kids: Why is a healthy environment important?


Every year, the Canadian Paediatric Society holds an art contest for children and youth. This year’s theme is "Healthy Earth, Healthy Kids.” Canadian kids are invited to submit artwork showing why a healthy environment is important to them, how they take care of the earth, and what they can do to make the earth healthy. The top 12 drawings are featured in the CPS calendar for paediatricians. Artwork may also be featured on the CPS website. Entry deadline is July 5, 2010. See contest details or contact 613-526-9397, ext. 234 for more information.  


Early childhood education a key priority for National Committee on Inuit Education


The National Committee on Inuit Education is drafting a National Strategy on Inuit Education to be delivered to signatories of the 2009 Inuit Education Accord later this year. Early childhood education is one of several key areas included in the strategy. “Early-childhood education offers the biggest opportunity for policy change,” said committee chair and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Mary Simon. “It is the least developed in our continuum of lifelong learning and we have flexibility to make changes.” For more information, visit:


Memorandum of understanding makes commitment to Aboriginal youth & communities


A thousand young Aboriginal people from British Columbia came together this spring to see the province and the Unified Aboriginal Youth Collective sign a memorandum of understanding that encourages incorporating Aboriginal youth perspectives into government policy and program development on issues relating to Aboriginal youth and their communities. The memorandum of understanding and more information can be accessed on the Indigenous Peoples, Issues and Resources website.


Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations Child Welfare resumes in June


Government of Canada documents obtained under Access to Information say child welfare funding from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada creates a “dire” situation where First Nations agencies may be forced to close due to inadequate resources. In December 2009, the federal government filed a motion at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations Child Welfare to have the case dismissed. This motion will be heard at the tribunal on June 2-3 2010, and is open to all members of the public. You can also join the "I am a witness" campaign, which invites people to follow the Tribunal. Over 4,100 people from at least 10 countries have already become witnesses:


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