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  Spring 2011

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Seeking nominations for Peter Henderson Bryce Award



The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada is currently seeking nominations for the Peter Henderson Bryce Award. Nominees should be public health professionals who advocate for Aboriginal children and youth by identifying problems that underlie systemic disadvantage and help develop solutions to improve children’s safety, health or well-being. The award honours Dr. Peter Henderson Bryce (1853-1932), an expert on tuberculosis, founder of the Canadian Public Health Association, and an advocate for Aboriginal children and youth who attended residential schools. The award has the support of a number of national organizations, including the Canadian Paediatric Society. Nomination deadline is September 15, 2011.  Visit the FNCFCS website for more information.


National Aboriginal Achievement Award recipients


The National Aboriginal Achievement Awards were handed out in Edmonton on March 11. Recipients included Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, Dr. Margo Greenwood, Academic Leader of the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, and Dr. Marcia Anderson DeCoteau, former president of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada and the youngest to ever serve in that role.


2011: Aboriginal Vision Health Awareness Year


The Vision Institute of Canada has declared 2011 Aboriginal Vision Health Awareness Year. The campaign focuses on the importance of comprehensive eye examinations for Aboriginal people living with diabetes and for Aboriginal children. Nearly 1 in 4 Aboriginal children is at risk for a vision problem. Visit the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health website for more information.


IPAC survey targets Indigenous Physicians, Residents and Medical Students


The Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC) is currently conducting a survey targeted at Indigenous Physicians, Residents and Medical Students. The goal is to capture a more accurate record of the number of Indigenous health professionals in Canada to use in human resource planning. The deadline to submit a completed survey is April 30, 2011. Please circulate to anyone who is eligible to participate in the survey. More information is available on the IPAC website, or by contacting or 204-219-0099.


First Nations and Inuit immunization awareness initiative


Health Canada is working with First Nations, Inuit and other stakeholder organizations to raise awareness and understanding of immunization. Parents and caregivers of children from birth to age two, and expectant parents will receive a new guide from health care providers in First Nations and Inuit communities. The guide is also available online. Learn more online at Don't Wait, Vaccinate! 


Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada launches student portal


The Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada (ANAC) has launched an online portal to help support students while they complete their studies. The portal is open to both Aboriginal nursing students and those interested in health issues affecting Aboriginal peoples. It will provide an opportunity for ANAC’s student members to share documents, resources, participate in forums and webinars, and will also act as a support system to help students with personal issues, such as adjusting to a new community. Visit the ANAC website for more information, or to find out how to become a member.


Aboriginal Child Friendly Communities Toolkit


The Society for Children and Youth of BC has recently launched the Aboriginal Child Friendly Communities Toolkit: Inclusion of the Early Years. It is a child-friendly assessment and planning tool which supports early childhood development of Aboriginal children and their communities. The toolkit is geared to Aboriginal children, from birth to age six, but it can be helpful for children of all ages, from all families, and communities. It allows communities and organizations to create more opportunities for young children, and to strengthen community supports for children and their families. Visit the website for more information, or to download the toolkit.


Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Decision to be appealed


On March 14, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal dismissed a complaint filed in 2007, alleging that the federal government discriminates against First Nations children by providing less child welfare benefit on reserve. Tribunal Chair Shirish Chotalia suggested the federal government can provide a different, and inequitable, level of service to First Nations children so long as the provinces and territories provide the service to all other children. The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada will immediately appeal the decision to Federal Court. The appeal will be filed in Federal Court in the next 30 days. Visit for more information.


Public Health Agency launches new website: Our Health Our Future


This March, the Public Health Agency of Canada launched a new website called Our Health Our Future--A National Dialogue on Healthy Weights. The site gives Canadians the chance to provide input to governments about ways to reduce childhood overweight and obesity. Visit the website to learn how to share your ideas on making changes that will support healthy weights.


ANAC 2011 National Forum


The Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada’s National Forum will take place from September 29 to October 1, 2011 in Winnipeg. This year’s theme is Sustaining a Healthy Future: From Indigenous Knowledge to Cultural Safety. Contact for more information.


Arctic Council develops Circumpolar Health Declaration


In February, the First Arctic Health Ministers Meeting was held in Nuuk, Greenland. At the meeting, Arctic Council member states and participants issued a declaration on Circumpolar Health. Visit the Gwich'in Council International website for more information.

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