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Summer 2009




Canada’s supplement to UNICEF’s State of the World's Children report


A report from the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health and UNICEF Canada finds that Aboriginal children continue to fare worse than other Canadian children in almost all health status indicators, as well as in the conditions that influence health (i.e. poverty and access to clean water). The report, called Aboriginal children’s health: Leaving no child behind, is a supplement to UNICEF’s 2009 State of the World's Children report. It identifies problems and provides solutions to address the current disparities in health. Visit the UNICEF Canada website to download the report.



NAHO holds 3rd national conference


The National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) will hold its 3rd national conference from November 24-26, 2009 in Ottawa. The theme is Our People, Our Health. Delegates will discuss recent innovations, health research trends and will focus on finding ways to reduce gaps in health care among First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. Registration begins on Sept. 2. For more information, visit the conference website or contact



Children’s hospital endorses Jordan’s Principle


The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) has recently endorsed Jordan’s Principle, making it the first paediatric centre to pledge its support. The Child and Youth Health Network for Eastern Ontario – a service facilitated through CHEO – has also signed on. CHEO has also been active in encouraging all other area community hospitals to pledge their support. For more information, contact



New curriculum for Canadian paediatricians 


The Canadian Paediatric Society, in cooperation with the organizations involved in Many Hands, One Dream, is developing curriculum aimed at helping new paediatricians better serve First Nations, Métis, and Inuit patients and families. The program was piloted at Queen’s University in June, and is expected to be delivered in all Canadian paediatric residency programs in 2010. The day-and-a-half workshop provides not only medical information but also historical context, and focuses on the social determinants of health and cultural issues. Parts of the presentation will be tailored to reflect regional differences across the country. Contact for more information. 



Future curriculum for Canadian nurses


New curriculum for Canadian nurses is also being developed. The Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada is working with the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing to implement new learning resources aimed at increasing cultural understanding of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, as well attracting more Aboriginal students to the nursing profession. Visit the ANAC website for more information.



H1N1 Resources for paediatriciains


To date, there have been more than 10,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza in Canada. In response to the outbreak, the Canadian Paediatric Society has developed a list of resources that can help health professionals, as well as patients and families prevent or manage H1N1 and other types of influenza. Visit for more information.



Monument to Métis war veterans will be erected at Juno Beach


A monument to Métis Nation veterans of the First and Second World Wars will be established at Canada’s Juno Beach Centre in Normandy, France. The monument will focus on the history of the Métis Nation in Canada, and will be unveiled by Métis Nation veterans and youth on Remembrance Day 2009 at the Juno Beach Centre. For more information, visit the Métis National Council website. 



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