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  Summer 2011

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  Reminder: Peter Henderson Bryce Award  

Nominations for the first Peter Henderson Bryce Award must be submitted by September 15, 2011. Nominees should be public health professionals who advocate for Aboriginal children and youth and help develop solutions to improve children’s safety, health or well-being. Visit the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada website for details.

  CPS launches curriculum to improve paediatric care for Aboriginal kids  

Paediatricians at each of Canada’s residency programs are rolling out the Canadian Paediatric Society’s curriculum on Aboriginal child and youth health. The first training session was held this summer, and many more are scheduled over the coming months. The residents will learn about subjects such as the history of Aboriginal peoples in Canada, health benefits, social determinants of health, and resiliency. The program will be adapted for each centre to include specific information on local communities. The goal of the curriculum is to better prepare future paediatricians to deliver quality care to First Nations, Métis and Inuit kids. Contact for more information. Funded by the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, the currriculum was developed by Dr. Kent Saylor of Montreal, in collaboration with the members of the CPS First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health Committee and the Many Hands, One Dream coalition.

  New Aboriginal sexual and reproductive health website launched  

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) has launched, intended to help support improved health care for First Nations, Inuit and Métis women. It targets both health-care professionals and Aboriginal women and youth, and features public health materials in easily accessible formats. Visit the website for more information.

  Understanding and Improving Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health in Canada  

A new report from the Health Council of Canada aims to create a better understanding and support for programs and initiatives that may help to reduce health disparities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians. Visit the Health Council of Canada website for more information.

  Attend ANAC’s National Forum  

The Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada is holding its 2011 National Forum in Winnipeg, from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2. This year’s theme is Sustaining a Healthy Future: From Indigenous Knowledge to Cultural Safety.

  The Inuit of Canada Conference  

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) will hold The Inuit of Canada Conference from Nov. 1 to Nov. 3 as part of its 40th anniversary celebration. Visit ITK’s website for more information.

  Welcoming dads to the circle of care  

The National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health will soon release a documentary inspired by its national showcase that brought dads together with Elders, program leaders and other members of the community to better support Indigenous fathers. Programs like "Fathers and Sons on the Land" in Clyde River, Nunavut help reach out to fathers, reconnect men to culture, as well as to family and to community. Contact to request a copy of the upcoming DVD, or visit the NCCAH website for more information.

  New national strategy on Inuit education  

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) has released an education strategy called First Canadians, Canadians First: The National Strategy on Inuit Education. The strategy focuses on support for children to help them stay in school, providing a bilingual curriculum and culturally relevant learning resources, and increasing the number of leaders and bilingual educators in schools and early childhood programs. Download the strategy through ITK’s website.

  Touchstones of Hope Tool Kit  

The Touchstones of Hope Tool Kit provides a starting point for communities and organizations in the effort to ensure child welfare better serves Aboriginal children, youth and families.  Touchstones of Hope has become a large scale movement in First Nations child welfare in northern British Columbia. For more information, contact the Touchstones of Hope Coordinator at the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.

  Our Dreams Matter Too: First Nations students describe on-reserve education conditions  

In June, First Nations and non-Aboriginal students at Pierre Elliot Trudeau School in Gatineau, Que., launched a report called Our Dreams Matter Too. The report asks the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to study the inequities in First Nations education. It was inspired by First Nations youth education activist Shannen Koostachin, and organized by a group of students from Attawapiskat First Nation and Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation. The report is supported by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth. Visit or contact Cindy Blackstock for more information.

  Métis National Council hosts youth leadership camp  

Twenty-five Métis youth gathered in Saskatoon this July for a Méits Youth Leadership Camp, which focused on the impact residential schools had on families and communities. Participants heard from Métis survivors about their experiences and how those experiences affected their lives and their ability to parent and build relationships. The goal of the leadership camp was to work toward developing a social media framework to help share their stories with others. Visit the Métis National Council website for more information.

  Get creative with the AFN’s National Dialogue on First Nation Citizenship  

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is asking First Nation people, especially First Nation youth, to participate in its National Dialogue on First Nation Citizenship. Participants are invited to submit a media creation through film, music, writing, visual art, or dance based on the theme “First Nation Citizenship, Identity, and Nationhood”. Submissions will be included in the “Have Your Say” section of the AFN Citizenship wep portal and in a presentation at the National First Nations Citizenship Forum in November. Visit AFN’s website for more information.

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