Health

Taking care for self care

By Janet Blackned This past year, the Union of Ontario Indians Labour Market Development Department (LMDD) held workshops with a focus on “Self-Care” for LDM employees of the employment and training offices of the Anishinabek Nation. The discussion about self-care training for Employment Counsellors began at one

Getting access to mental health services in southwestern Ontario

By Colin Graf SARNIA –  Young people from three First Nations in southwestern Ontario are getting some extra help in getting access to mental health services.  The St. Clair Child & Youth centre in Lambton County  has hired Laurie Nahmabin-Goulais as the group’s first Indigenous liaison worker

Chief Rogers hopes to get more data on pollution-related illnesses

By Colin Graf AAMJIWNAANG – Chief Joanne Rogers is beginning to feel hope for the future health of her people, surrounded by more than 50 petrochemical plants and refineries in “Canada’s Chemical Valley” near Sarnia.  In recent weeks, prompted by concerns from the community and media reports

Grand Council Chief congratulates Kenn Richard on winning the Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award

ANISHINABEK NATION HEAD OFFICE (Nipissing FN) November 02, 2017— Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee congratulates Kenn Richard on winning the Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award. Kenn Richard is the founding Executive Director of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. "Kenn is an outstanding individual

Child Abuse Prevention Month recognized with launch of #ISeeYou project

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY –Dilico Anishinabek Family Care and the Children’s Aid Society of the District of Thunder Bay are recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month through the Step Up 2017 Campaign, which includes the launch of the #ISeeYou Project on Oct. 12. “We do this to

Walking in Two Worlds Health Sciences Camp teaches youth about medicines and ceremony

By Rick Garrick A workshop on Indigenous medicines and a sweat lodge ceremony were among the highlights for Fort William youth at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s Walking in Two Worlds Health Sciences Camp. “We’ve been learning a lot about medicines,” says Everette Bannon, a Fort

First Nation health care organizations begin technological journey with Electronic Medical Records

Submitted by Vicky Hutchison AUNDECK OMNI KANING—Giiwednong Health Link (GHL) is pleased to announce the continued implementation of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) amongst three additional First Nation communities: M’Chigeeng First Nation, Atikameksheng Anishnawbek and Sagamok Anishnawbek. The milestone EMR “Go Live” Promo events celebrated the successful partnership

Youth attend healthy relationships-themed summer camp

By Colin Graf Teenagers from First Nations in southwestern Ontario are getting a chance this summer to talk and think about how to create and keep healthy and safe relationships in their lives. A special, five-week program run by the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) is helping teens

Aamjiwnaang First Nation to receive access to quicker healthcare services

By Colin Graf AAMJIWNAANG FIRST NATION—Members of Aamjiwnaang First Nation will soon have a new way to see a family doctor and to speed up wait times for seeing a medical specialist thanks to the ramping up of telemedicine services. Within the next two months, residents will

Mocc Walk effective in the battle against diabetes

By Colin Graf THUNDER BAY—Over 800 First Nation peoples across Ontario are walking the road to better health thanks to Bob Fenton and the Ontario Native Women’s Association. The group’s annual “Mocc Walk”, designed to promote daily walking, has convinced 882 registrants to get up and get

New cultural birthing room added to Sarnia hospital

By Colin Graf SARNIA—Indigenous mothers and families in this area will be welcoming their new arrivals with a special closeness and comfort following the recent opening of an extra-large birthing room at the local hospital. “Designed with Indigenous families in mind, the room features wood panelling, Indigenous

Babies arriving into world on Nipissing First Nation

By Kelly Anne Smith Upon arrival at the Grand Opening of the K’Tigaaning Midwives, mom Carrie Arra Silas was leaving with Romea in a baby carrier while an Indigenous woman from New Zealand was helping by carrying an identical brother named Oakland in a carrier to mom’s

Grand Chief appointed to Cancer Care Ontario board

By Rick Garrick TORONTO – Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee recently joined the board of Cancer Care Ontario after losing his mother, sister and a former spouse to cancer. “Obviously, it hits home and then you see the prevalence of cancer-related deaths in all of

First Indigenous-branded glucometer in Canada hits the market

By Rick Garrick TORONTO—First Canadian Health and Spirit Pharmaceuticals are planning to expand sales of their SPIRIT meters, lancets and test strips to Indigenous people with diabetes across Ontario. They are currently offering the glucose monitoring equipment for sale in the Greater Toronto Area with 50 per

Update on Jordan’s Principle from Ontario

To: All Ontario First Nation Chiefs and Councils Dear Chief and Council: Re: Update on Jordan’s Principle  On July 5, 2016, the Minister of Health and the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs announced the implementation of a new approach and broader definition of Jordan’s Principle.  The