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  Spring / Summer 2008

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  Western Premiers issue statement supporting Jordan's Principle  
At their recent summit, the western Premiers issued a statement strongly supporting Jordan's Principle. Days later Dr. Jon Gerrard, Manitoba Liberal Leader, introduced a bill in the Manitoba Legislature (Bill 223) which would enshrine Jordan's Principle in provincial law. Unfortunately, the bill failed to move forward as the Manitoba government clarified that its support for Jordan’s principle had a caveat – it wanted an agreement with the federal government first. The unanimous House of Commons vote in support of Jordan’s Principle and growing support from the provinces are positive signs, but what happened in Manitoba tells us the work is not done. We need to call on the Premiers who announced their support for Jordan’s Principle to put the needs of children before the needs of government. Your letters of support make a difference. Please join us in writing to the Premiers and the Prime Minister, urging the full and immediate implementation of Jordan's Principle.

  Summit declaration part of National Aboriginal Day celebration  
The Aboriginal Elders Committee of Flin Flon, Man., Creighton, Sask., Denare Beach, Sask, and Cranberry Portage, Man. will honour local Residential School Survivors on National Aboriginal Day by hosting a survivors walk in Flin Flon, Manitoba. The Aboriginal Elders Committee will also present participants of the walk with a plaque featuring the declaration from the 2005 Many Hands, One Dream summit. Many Hands is honoured that the summit declaration will be part of the festivities. The plaque will hang in the Flin Flon Indian-Metis Friendship Center following the ceremony. For more information about National Aboriginal Day at the Friendship Centre, please contact Jason Mandes at 204-687-8855. For information about the Indian Residential School Survivors Walk, please contact Myrna Ewing at 306-688-4446.

  Youth Voice on Health Determinants  
In February 2008, representatives from Aboriginal organizations in a variety of sectors—sports, housing, education, tourism, economic development, academia and others--participated in an Ottawa Forum on Indigenous Social Determinants of Health, at the invitation of the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health. Inequalities in Indigenous health, from life expectancy to child mortality, cannot be understood in medical terms alone. The forum was an historic meeting that began an open dialogue to share broader perspectives and forge future collaborations. “When we have our identity, when we have our spirit, we can do anything,” youth forum organizer Jocelyn Formsma told the gathering. For a DVD of the event, Circles of Health: Sharing Our Gifts, and more information, contact Holly Nathan at or visit

  Ajunnginiq Centre raising awareness about reducing risk of SIDS  
A fact sheet on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is available from the Ajunnginiq Centre of the National Aboriginal Health Organization. It explains SIDS, reviews ongoing research into why healthy babies can die suddenly and unexpectedly, and provides suggestions on what parents can do to reduce the risks. Copies are being distributed to health centres, nursing stations and pre- and post-natal programs in the four Inuit regions of Canada. The fact sheet is part of a series aimed at raising awareness and informing Inuit community members and health-care providers about a range of health topics. To download the fact sheet, or for more information, visit

  Holding out hope for special needs children  
Parents of special needs children in Norway House Cree Nation, Man., are holding out hope they won't have to put their kids into foster care to receive essential medical services. In May, federal Health Minister Tony Clement contacted the community, which was featured on CTV news.

  CIHR Aboriginal Youth Outreach  

Actua, with the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, will deliver week-long science camps in July and August to Aboriginal youths aged 7 to 12. The camps will feature hands-on activities that show participants how science and technology relate to everyday life. Health researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and doctoral students of Aboriginal descent or working in the area of Aboriginal health are invited to register as camp mentors. Mentors are needed for camps all across Canada, including northern Canada. Some resources are available to assist with travel costs to remote locations. For more information, visit the Actua website at or complete the mentor intake form at

  Women’s Self Reliance Program fighting poverty and malnutrition  
The Women’s Self Reliance Program is a three-pronged approach to helping women provide for themselves and their families. It is focused on nutrition education, intensive gardening and self-employment skills. The program provides women with basic knowledge of nutritional requirements, to make the most of foods that are naturally available. It also teaches intensive gardening, allowing women to grow nutritious foods and learn about self-employment. For more information, contact Rose Lord at or 412-655-3063 or Victor Landa at or 301-654-6759.

  Check out our new online look!  
The Many Hands, One Dream website is new and improved! Be sure to visit us at to stay up-to-date on happenings, access resources on Aboriginal child and youth health, or just to tell us what you think. Remember that you can show your support for this growing movement by adding a Many Hands, One Dream banner to your own website too. Visit and click on number 3: "show your support." Simply choose the style and size you want, e-mail and we'll send you the web-ready graphic. The website also includes current and previous issues of this newsletter, and a quick link to subscribe. Be sure to share it with your networks!

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