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  Spring/Summer 2013

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ITK releases new oral health action plan


In April, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) launched Healthy Teeth, Healthy Lives: Inuit Oral Health Action Plan 2013. The document is a call to action to address the high rate of oral disease among Inuit in Canada, and identifies a collaborative approach to address underlying causes of poor oral health outcomes. In particular, it focuses on prevention, mobilization of families, and better access to treatment. The document was produced collaboratively by the Inuit Non-Insured Health Benefits Working Group with input from the Inuit Public Health Task Group and endorsement from the National Inuit Committee on Health. Visit ITK’s website for more information.


Call for abstracts: Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada 2013 conference


The deadline to submit an abstract for the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada (ANAC) annual conference is May 10. This year’s conference theme is “Honouring the Nursing Spirit at the Heart of Aboriginal Healing.” The conference will take place November 9-10 in Richmond, B.C. Visit ANAC’s website for more information.


Help us promote the CPS children's art contest: "Friendly advice from Canadian kids!"


The annual Canadian Paediatric Society art contest is now underway! Encourage young artists to submit an entry. This year’s theme is “Friendly advice from Canadian kids!” Submissions received by May 21 will be entered into a draw for a Chapters gift card. Visit the CPS website for contest details.


Recent win in Nova Scotia for Jordan’s Principle


In a landmark ruling for the rights of First Nations children, the Federal Court of Canada has found that Jordan’s Principle is binding on the Government of Canada, and ordered Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development to reimburse the Pictou Landing Band for costs associated with caring for a disabled teenager living at home on the reserve. Visit the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society website for more information.


Multitude of resources on the NCCAH website


Visit the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health’s website for a wide range of publications, including the fact sheet, “Caregiver-Infant Attachment for Aboriginal Families”. This fact sheet provides strategies to comfort and care for infants and young children, and identifies when families might require assistance in restoring healthy attachment relationships. Other topics range from cultural safety to physical activity, as well as population and public health ethics, Aboriginal women in Canada and mental health. Visit the NCCAH website for more information.


ITK develops Inuit Tuberculosis (TB) strategy


Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), in collaboration with other Inuit health partners, released the Inuit-Specific Tuberculosis Strategy to raise awareness for World TB Day, March 24. ITK hopes to increase awareness of the need for more effective approaches to TB prevention, control, and care for Inuit. The strategy also lays the framework to develop an Inuit-specific action plan to to reduce TB in Inuit Nunangat. Visit ITK’s website for more information.


“Our Dreams Matter Too” supports cultural equity for First Nations kids


On June 11, participate in Our Dreams Matter Too, a walk and letter-writing event supporting culturally-based equity for First Nations children so that they can grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy and be proud of their cultures. Over 50 walks were held across Canada last year. Encourage children, youth, families, schools and organizations to write letters to their local Members of Parliament and the Prime Minister supporting First Nations children, and organize a walk to a mail box in your community. Visit the First Nations and Family Caring Society website for materials to promote your event or for more information.


Canadian Respiratory Journal issues focuses on Aboriginal health


The Canadian Respiratory Journal, produced by the Canadian Thoracic Society, released an issue on Aboriginal respiratory health late last year (volume 19, issue 6). Visit the website to access and download this issue.


Métis youth workshop uses social media to discuss the residential school experience


Twenty-five Métis youth attended an Ottawa workshop about the legacy of residential schools and their impact on families and communities. The goal was to use social networking with other tools to share residential school experiences and discuss their inter-generational impact. The Métis National Council plans to develop a social media framework based on this workshop. Visit the Métis National Council website for more information

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