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

International Indigenous HIV & AIDS community organization launched at UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

VANCOUVER, April 25, 2017 /CNW/ - The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN), International Indigenous Working Group on HIV and AIDS (IIWGHA), and The Māori, Indigenous & South Pacific HIV & AIDS Foundation (INA) are proud to announce the formation of a new HIV & AIDS Non-Governmental Organization,

Grannies walk to raise awareness on mental health in First Nation youth

By Leslie Knibbs SERPENT RIVER FIRST NATION—A group of Grandmothers calling themselves the "Grannies with wings" along with others, began a walk to Ottawa in hope of getting more help for First Nation children affected by mental health and related issues. Prompted by the inadequate care and

‘First Nation jurisdiction on health and social systems and economic rights must be the starting point for dialogue with Canada on the legalization of marijuana’ Ontario Regional Chief Day

TORONTO, ON (April 13, 2017)--Ontario Regional Chief Isadore says that First Nations must have the opportunity to consult and participate fully from the new cannabis legislation announced today. “First Nations leadership will focus on the priorities of this new legislation as it pertains to the jurisdiction within

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

WIKWEMIKONG UNCEDED TERRITORY (March 7, 2017)—Giiwednong Health Link is pleased to announce the implementation of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) on the Wikwemikong Unceded Territory.  The milestone EMR “Go Live” event celebrated the successful partnership established between Giiwednong Health Link, TELUS Health, Health Canada, and the Wikwemikong community. 

Bluewater Health looking to hire First Nation’s hospital navigator

By Colin Graf     SARNIA—First Nations patients at the Sarnia hospital may soon have some extra help finding their way through the complexities of the health system. Bluewater Health is looking to hire a First Nations’  “navigator”, a person who will help arrange culturally-appropriate care and help develop

Conference on recovery and Reconciliation ‘Ignites the Spirit’ of participants from across the region

SUDBURY, ONTARIO (March 9, 2017)–Keynote speaker Dr. Martin Brokenleg spoke about fostering resiliency at a conference called, Igniting the Spirit – Recovery-Oriented Practices and the Journey to Reconciliation, today in Sudbury. The North East Local Health Integration Network   (NE LHIN), Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre, Canadian Mental Health Association

Forum focused on health equity hosts Indigenous health leaders and system providers

By Rick Garrick FORT WILLIAM—The need for more Indigenous health staff in the Thunder Bay area was raised during the North West Local Health Integration Network Aboriginal Health Forum, held Feb. 16 at Fort William Historical Park. “I’ve been a Canadian all my life, but now I’m

Baby born in Nipissing First Nation an historic birth

By Kelly Anne Smith NIPISSING FIRST NATION—The miracle of life has taken place on Nipissing First Nation territory with the birth of Roman. The arrival of Roman Laforest marks the first birth on Nipissing First Nation at a midwifery clinic with culturally appropriate child and maternity care.

Government of Canada invests in dementia research about Indigenous Peoples

Innovative projects in Sudbury will improve support to Indigenous peoples with dementia and their caregivers SUDBURY, ONTARIO (February 27, 2017)--Today, Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury, on behalf of the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, announced an investment of $1 million for two research projects

Sacred Ceremony marks change of leadership at Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health

SUDBURY, ONTARIO (February 22, 2017)--A sacred ceremony - complete with songs, prayers, and the gift of tobacco - was held today at the Health Sciences North Research Institute (HSNRI) to honour the change in leadership of a national research institute devoted to Aboriginal health. HSNRI is the