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  Spring 2012

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Share your NAHO experience


The National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) will close on June 30 as a result of funding cuts. NAHO invites people to share their experience with the organization and how it has affected their work, health and/or community. Visit the NAHO website to submit your comments or stories.


Aboriginal health a focus for public health conference


The National Collaborating Centres for Public Health will hold its 7th annual Summer Institute from May 15-16 in Kelowna, B.C. The theme is Advancing Health Equity, Building on Experience. The conference will focus on six priority areas, including Aboriginal health and will attract a diverse audience of public health practitioners, decision-makers, researchers and students. Visit for more information or to register.


“Happy Kids, healthy kids!” art contest


The Canadian Paediatric Society is inviting kids from across Canada to participate in its “Happy kids, health kids!” art contest. Children and youth are asked to draw a picture of something they like to do that keeps them happy and healthy. Entries received by May 5 will be entered in the early bird draw for a Chapters gift card. Final entry deadline is June 15. See contest entry form for details.


On June 11, show First Nations children that their dreams matter


On June 11, show your support for First Nations children by participating in Our Dreams Matter Too, a movement organizedby the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. The movement encourages communities to build a mailbox that will be the destination of a community walk. The mailbox will represent the dreams of First Nations children and will be used to collect and mail letters written by the community to MPs and/or the Prime Minister about the rights of First Nations children. Visit the Caring Society’s website to see how you can participate, promote the event in your area, or make a donation.


Health Canada launches Healthy First Nations and Inuit Facebook page


Health Canada has launched the Healthy First Nations and Inuit Facebook page! The page will include tips and practical information on health issues such as childhood immunization, seasonal flu, environmental health and tuberculosis. The page is intended to provide a way for First Nations and Inuit community members to connect, share and learn about how they can make healthy and informed decisions for themselves, their families and communities. For more information, visit


Inuit Art and Culture week a great success


This winter, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada and Encounters with Canada conducted an Inuit Art and Culture week for 130 youth across Canada. The Ottawa event was primarily focused on residential schools, and is the latest step in implementing Pauktuutit’s Sivumuapallianiq (Journey Forward): National Inuit Residential Schools Healing Strategy. This project was also intended to create a dialogue between Inuit and other youth to foster healing and reconciliation for the future.


New website aims to reduce tobacco use in Nunavut


Tobacco Has No Place Here is a website launched by the Government of Nunavut that aims to put a face to the harm caused by tobacco in Nunavut. The website is intended to encourage Nunavummiut to tell their stories about how tobacco has affected them, their family, and their community. Visit the website for more information. Resources are available in Inuktitut, English, Inuinnaqtun and French.


Rick Hansen Foundation signs protocol agreement with the Métis National Council in Edmonton


In March, the Rick Hansen Foundation and Métis National Council (MNC) signed a protocol agreement to engage citizens of the Métis Nation in the activities of the Foundation. The MNC’s goal is to secure a healthy space for the Métis Nation’s ongoing existence within the Canadian Federation, keeping the Nation’s distinct culture, traditions, and lifestyle alive, while pursuing social and economic development. Visit the MNC website for more information.

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