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  Summer 2012

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International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health: Call for proposals


Save the date for the 5th International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health, which will be held in Portland, Oregon April 19-21, 2013. The deadline to submit a workshop proposal is August 24. The deadline to submit an abstract is September 21.  This year’s theme is Strong Communities, Healthy Children.This biennial conference, co-hosted by the Canadian Paediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics, attracts health professionals, researchers, community members, advocates and others working with Indigenous children in North America and around the world.


NAHO’s website to remain accessible for five years


The National Aboriginal Health Organization’s (NAHO) website will remain accessible for another five years, despite having closed its doors on June 30. Its YouTube and SlideShare accounts will also be available during this time. NAHO’s rich repository of resources includes a recently posted section on Aboriginal bullying for parents, teachers and youth and a fact sheet on Aboriginal childhood obesity.


ITK elects new President


Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) has elected Mr. Terry Audla as its new President. Mr. Audla, who replaces Mary Simon, becomes ITK President for a three-year term. Visit ITK’s website for more information, or to read the President’s blog.


Indigenous Children’s Health Report: Health Assessment in Action


The Indigenous Children’s Health Report, released by the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, is a reference and advocacy tool that can be used by Indigenous children’s health stakeholders in Canada and abroad. The report provides an assessment of Aboriginal child health in four countries and states that accurate data on Aboriginal child health must be applied to health policies, programs, and services to truly reduce health disparities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children. Visit the Centre for Research on Inner City Health’s website for more information.


Mental Health Commission of Canada releases Canada’s first mental health strategy


Changing Directions, Changing Lives, released by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, is the country’s first mental health strategy. It is intended to create a mental health system that meets the needs of all people living with mental health issues and their families. Strategic direction 5 in the report involves working with Aboriginal peoples to address their distinct mental health needs, acknowledging their unique circumstances, rights, and cultures. Priorities for action were developed through ongoing dialogue with the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis National Council, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, the Native Women’s Association of Canada, and other stakeholder organizations such as the National Association of Friendship Centres. Visit the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s website for more information.


First Nations Regional Health Survey


The latest results of the First Nations Regional Health Survey (RHS) show that several indicators of quality of life on-reserve have diminished or reached a plateau. Results show that almost half of the children living on reserve live in poverty. First Nations youth often live in homes with many other household members, but still fewer than half live with both biological parents. The Regional Health Survey began in the mid-1990s after the Federal Government commissioned seven national surveys on health and living conditions which excluded First Nations. The survey is the most extensive and accurate snapshot of on-reserve health and living conditions anywhere. Download the report or key findings for more information.


NCCAH and UBC collaborate on special Aboriginal issue of arts and environment magazine


The National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH) and the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus have collaborated on a unique edition of LAKE: A Journal of Arts and Environment. The issue highlights the connection between Indigenous peoples, health and place, and includes a wide variety of fiction, poetry, essays, and visual arts contributions from new and established Indigenous artists. It was launched in May as part of the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health Summer Institute. Partial content is available on LAKE’s website. Visit NCCAH's website for more information.

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