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  Winter 2009

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  CPS launches 3rd edition of Well Beings: A Guide to Health in Child Care  
If you are involved in child care, you may be interested in a new Canadian Paediatric Society book, Well Beings: A Guide to Health in Child Care (3rd edition). Well Beings is designed for people who plan and deliver child care, whether on a daily basis or at the policy level. It has information on healthy activities, nutrition, dental health, preventing and managing infections, safety and injury prevention, common and chronic medical conditions, emergencies, children’s emotional well-being, including children with special needs, protecting children from maltreatment, and the physical and emotional health of caregivers. Well Beings is also available in French under the title Le bien-être des enfants. Visit the CPS website for more information:


Photography project: First Nations children in daily life

The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (FNCFCS) is working with award-winning portrait photographer Liam Sharp to document the inequities experienced by First Nations children in daily life. Children from reserve and non-reserve communities in the same region will be photographed doing the same activity to highlight the difficult living conditions children often face when growing up on a reserve. This project will target communities near cities such as Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg to help debunk the myth that inequities only affect children in remote and rural areas. Please share this project description to any community that may be interested. For more information, contact Cindy Blackstock at


Eczema Awareness Campaign


A public education campaign by the Canadian Dermatology Association will provide eczema sufferers and their families with information on how to control and manage the skin condition. The campaign also aims to help people know when they need to see a dermatologist, and dispel the myth that eczema is contagious. For more information, please visit the CDA’s website for an eczema brochure available in English, French and Inuktitut.


Update on Jordan’s Principle


Although Jordan’s Principle received unanimous support in the House of Commons in 2007, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is concerned the federal government is attempting to limit the scope of Jordan’s Principle to children with complex medical needs. The AFN continues to press for full implementation of Jordan’s Principle so that First Nations children and youth will be provided with services equal to other Canadian children, despite jurisdictional conflict between provincial/territorial health systems and the federal system. 


Human Rights Complaint


The Assembly of First Nations and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) in February 2007, on the basis of alleged chronic underfunding for First Nations Child and Family Services agencies. The Canadian Human Rights Commission has recently referred the complaint to a tribunal hearing. The AFN and FNCFCS will continue to move the complaint forward so First Nations Children and Family Services agencies may have an equal advantage in providing comparable service delivery to children and families. See news release for more information.


Interested in becoming a caregiver?


There is a great need for Aboriginal caregivers to ensure Aboriginal children in care stay connected to their communities and cultures. By becoming an Aboriginal caregiver and providing a safe and nurturing home, you’ll give a child the opportunity to learn and grow in a way that supports their cultural identity and personal development. Many Aboriginal children are in care and waiting for placements with Aboriginal families. For more information, please contact the Calgary and Area Child and Family Services Native Office by telephone at 403-297-4376.


MSW with Indigenous specialization now at University of Victoria


The University of Victoria is now offering a Masters of Social Work with an Indigenous specialization. The program is intended to help students improve their knowledge and skills as social workers serving Aboriginal communities. For more information, please visit: or contact

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