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  Spring 2013

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Attend the 5th International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health


Join the Canadian Paediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics in Portland, Oregon, for the 5th International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health: Strong Communities, Healthy Children. An international roster of speakers from Canada, the United States, Australia, and Central America will share their knowledge and experience of Indigenous child and youth health in areas such as obesity, injury prevention, mental wellness, substance abuse, traditional healing, housing, and oral health. Please share this invitation with individuals or organizations who may wish to participate in this gathering.


Paediatrician receives award for excellence in Aboriginal public health


Dr. Kent Saylor, a Canadian Paediatric Society member and paediatrician from Kahnawake, Que., is the winner of the first P.H. Bryce Award, presented in October 2012 for his advocacy work on behalf of Cree patients in northern Quebec. The biennial award, presented by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, recognizes people working in public health who advocate for systemic changes to improve the safety, health or well-being of Aboriginal kids. Visit the APTN’s website to see an interview with Dr. Saylor.


New fact sheet available about caregiver-infant attachment


The National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health has released a new resource called Caregiver-Infant Attachment for Aboriginal Families (also available in French). The fact sheet discusses the importance of infant attachment for health and well-being as well as the impact that colonization and residential schools have had on attachment relationships in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis families. It provides strategies to help parents comfort and care for infants and young children, and includes signs of when families might need help restoring healthy attachment relationships. The resource also provides a list of online resources for parents and caregivers. Visit the NCCAH’s website for more information.


Support Have a Heart Day


On February 14, participate in Have a Heart Day by supporting culturally-based equity for First Nations children, including the landmark child welfare case before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Get involved by sending letters and Valentine cards to the Prime Minister or your Member of Parliament, by hosting an awareness-raising event in your school, community or organization, or by spreading the word through social media channels like YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook. For more information, contact the Caring Society at 613-230-5885 or


Human Right Tribunal to hear First Nations child welfare case


February 25, 2013 marks a historic day, the start of the First Nations child welfare case. The case was filed to the Canadian Human Rights Commission in 2007 by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations, alleging that the Government of Canada is discriminating against First Nations children in providing less funding for on-reserve child welfare services. On April 18, 2012, after an appeal to the Federal Court, the Federal Court ruling ordered a full and public hearing at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. The hearings will take place in Ottawa at the Tribunal (160 Elgin Street, 11th Floor), and will wrap up at the end of August. Visit the Caring Society’s website for more information and to stay updated on the case.


ITK offers Arctic expedition scholarship


Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami is offering a fully-funded scholarship for one Inuit youth to participate in the upcoming Students on Ice Arctic Expedition. The scholarship is available to Inuit students between the ages of 14 and 19 from across Canada. The application deadline is March 1, 2013. Visit for more information.


New report on Aboriginal health in urban areas


In December, the Health Council of Canada released a report highlighting barriers to Aboriginal people seeking health care in urban mainstream health care settings. The report also describes key practices contributing to positive change. Visit the Health Council of Canada’s website to download the report, called Empathy, dignity, and respect: Creating cultural safety for Aboriginal people in urban health care, as well as some supporting materials.

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