Dilico announces provincial government’s Indigenous midwifery initiative

By Rick Garrick FORT WILLIAM—Two new Indigenous midwives are being hired to provide services at the Dilico Family Health Team Clinic in Fort William through Ontario’s recently announced Aboriginal Midwifery initiative. “I really look forward to meeting the needs of women who aren’t currently accessing midwifery care,”

Anishinabek Health Conference hosts Cannabis Conversation with Carol Hopkins

By Lynne Brown SAULT STE. MARIE—Carol Hopkins brought food-for-thought to the Anishinabek Nation Health Conference by way of thoughtful discussion around the topic of Cannabis (Marijuana). As momentum towards a framework for legalization continues, The Thunderbird Partnership Foundation (TPF) is creating spaces for dialogue and education. Thunderbird

Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation partner with Windsor Regional Hospital’s Cancer to improve end of life care for the First Nations community

WINDSOR, ON (February 2, 2017)- Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation in partnership with Windsor Regional Hospital’s Regional Cancer Program is working with Pallium Canada, to provide palliative care education to those serving the First Nations community. Health Canada Report (2013) highlights Indigenous palliative care

Heroes in Health recipients receive recognition at Anishinabek Health Conference 2017

By Lynne Brown SAULT STE. MARIE, ON—Anishinabek Health Conference 2017, Master of Ceremonies, Bob Goulais spoke to delegates during the break on the first of the three-day conference held in Sault Ste. Marie (Jan 24-26), to share the names of three recipients for the annual Heroes in

Mino Mshkiki – Maawnjidwing–‘Good Medicine’; Anishinabek Health Conference 2017

By Lynn Brown SAULT STE. MARIE, ON—“Many issues affect our communities today,” shared Garden River Chief Paul Syrette in his welcoming remarks to delegates attending the three-day Anishinabek Health Conference 2017 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, from January 24-26, at the Quattro Hotel & Convention Centre. The

Nokiiwin’s G’minoomaadozimin initiative aims at enhancing health and safety beyond the workplace

By Rick Garrick THUNDER BAY—Red Rock Indian Band’s Ron Kanutski focused on creating wellness in community at Nokiiwin Tribal Council’s G’minoomaadozimin — We Are Living Well Health and Safety gathering in Thunder Bay. “The idea is to create safety, not just in the workplace, but where does

Elders residence plan gets traction

By Colin Graf AAMJIWNAANG FIRST NATION—Chief and Council of Aamjiwnaang First Nation hope to create their first Elders’ care residence on the territory within the next 18 months. A committee of Chief, Councilors, and officials is starting to review past plans for a residence designed to keep

The Aboriginal Wholistic Knowledge Sharing Circle recognized with Deputy Minister Pinnacle Award

By Rick Garrick LONDON—The Aboriginal Wholistic Knowledge Sharing Circle was recently recognized with a Deputy Minister Pinnacle Award from the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services. “It was in recognition of our creativity and innovation partnership that we have with the Child and Parent Resource [Institute]

Sagamok hosts their first FASD conference

By Leslie Knibbs SAGAMOK ANISHNAWBEK FIRST NATION—Dennis Trudeau, a parent infant advisor in Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation, brought together speakers on Friday, November 25, at the Sagamok Anishinabek First Nation's (SFN) first Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) conference to educate others on the issue of FASD. Presenters

Walking the Anishinabek Nation towards an active lifestyle one step at a time

By Laura Barrios NIPISSING FIRST NATION—The Union of Ontario Indians Anishinabek Nation Diabetes Education Program sponsored the inaugural Walk the Anishinabek Nation challenge which took place from September 1 to October 31, with 430 Anishinabek citizens participating. The overall goal of the challenge was simply to get

NAHNDAHWEH TCHIGEHGAMIG Wikwemikong Health Centre project moves to final commitment

WIKWEMIKONG, MANITOULIN ISLAND (December 15, 2016) – A joint review committee consisting of representatives from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Assembly of First Nations, Native Women’s Association of Canada, and the Status of Women Canada has selected the NAANDWECHIGE-GAMIG Health Centre’s “Shelter

Water First to reflect commitment to First Nations water issues

CREEMORE, ON – Seven years after its birth as a nonprofit providing clean water to remote schoolhouses in rural Uganda, Tin Roof Global has changed its name to Water First, reflecting its growing commitment to working with First Nations communities solving water challenges here in Canada. “After

Grassy Narrows is not alone

By Barb Nahwegahbow TORONTO—Prominent labour, social justice, and environmental leaders portaged a canoe through downtown Toronto on July 7, 2016, in support of Grassy Narrows First Nation. Their destination was Queen’s Park where they were delivering a canoe full of letter and petitions to Premier Kathleen Wynne

Youth walk to Assembly of First Nations for action to replace despair with hope

By Kelly Anne Smith NORTH BAY—Walkers on the Youth Walk of Hope have walked over 950 kilometres to deliver their message to inspire action on the crisis in Northern Ontario communities. The Youth Walk of Hope left Cochrane June 7th and arrived in Niagara Falls for walkers

New report on First Nations water crisis launched by Human Rights Watch

By Barb Nahwegahbow The launch of the report by Human Rights Watch on the First Nations water crisis began with ceremony. Cree Elder Pauline Shirt conducted a water ceremony at George Brown College Waterfront Campus on June 7 where the news conference to launch the report was