Health

Ecological knowledge group still fighting aerial spraying

By Leslie Knibbs The Ecological Knowledge group (TEK) of Elders from all First Nations along the Highway 17 corridor between Batchewana Bay and Sagamok attended two meetings over the last month to discuss plans in their ongoing efforts to put a stop to the aerial spraying of Glyphosate

Leaders commend federal and provincial health ministers on productive meeting

First Nation leaders commend Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott and Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins on productive meeting on health issues (April 1, 2016) -- On behalf of the Chiefs of Ontario, I want to publicly commend Health Ministers Philpott and Hoskins, along with their senior staff,

Healthy Kids Community Challenge – Run, jump and play!

By Heather Campbell SUDBURY – Getting children to eat healthy and be more active is the aim of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge launched in February across the province. A three year program, funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, is helping 45 communities

Chief of Namaygoosisagagun says need for improved health care is critical

By Joey Krackle Chief Helen Paavola says quicker access to health care is critical for Namaygoosisagagun First Nation. “Our community’s population mostly consists of elders. It is a growing concern with the rising number of health issues," says Paavola. Chief Paavola stresses that her community urgently needs

Ask Dr. Mushquash: Is resilience a modifiable factor that health care providers can foster in their clinics?

Welcome to “Ask Dr. Mushquash”. I received the following question from my friend and colleague Dr. Jon McGavock, CIHR Applied Public Health Chair in Resilience and Childhood Obesity, on Twitter: Is resilience a modifiable factor that health care providers can foster in their clinics? Or teachers in

Grocery store tour helps families make healthier choices

By Rick Garrick Anishnawbe Mushkiki’s Renco Grocery Store Tour provided healthy food tips and a bag of free groceries to about 12 adult participants and some of their children in Thunder Bay. “It was good — I asked some questions about buying different meats and oils and

‘This is a great victory for our kids’: Madahbee

UOI OFFICES (Nipissing FN) January 29, 2016 – Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee and Deputy Grand Council Chief Glen Hare welcome the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Child Welfare decision. “The federal government has avoided the truth for many years,” says Grand Council Chief Madahbee. “Over

How to be a better helper: Indigenous Wholistic Practice

By Marci Becking SAULT STE MARIE --  Dr. Kathy Absolon-King, the last speaker at the "Awakening the Nation - Renewing the Spirit" health conference shifted the energy in the room with her Indigenous Wholistic Practice presentation. "We need to start with a song," says Dr. Absolon-King and

‘Change happens with the people of Canada, not the government’: Blackstock

By Marci Becking SAULT STE. MARIE -- Dr. Cindy Blackstock got every participant in the room engaged in her presentation at the "Awakening the Nation -- Renewing the Spirit" health conference today. "Governments do not create change, they respond to change," says Blackstock. "The change happens with

Heroes in Health honoured at ‘Awakening the Nation – Renewing the Spirit’ health conference

By Marci Becking SAULT STE. MARIE -- Three women were honoured today at the "Awakening the Nation - Renewing the Spirit" health conference today. Lisa Beaucage, Melissa McKeown and Gail Shawande all are those who demonstrate true compassion and have dedicated their lives to protecting the well-being

‘Everything in our communities is impacted by addictions’: Hopkins

By Marci Becking SAULT STE. MARIE -- "We tend to approach young people with a little bit of our own frustration," says Carol Hopkins who spoke to some 150 participants about youth and addictions at the "Awakening the Nation -- Renewing the Spirit" conference held Jan. 19.

Dr. Restoule speaks about cultural competency and trauma informed care at health conference

By Marci Becking SAULT STE. MARIE -- Dr. Brenda Restoule, citizen of Dokis First Nation, gave a keynote on cultural competency and trauma informed care at the "Awakening the Nation -- Renewing the Spirit" health conference put on by the Union of Ontario Indians health department. "We

UOI Launches Mental Health & Addictions Analysis

The Union of Ontario Indians Health Secretariat is undertaking an analysis of current mental health & addiction (MH/A) services across Anishinabek Nation communities. This analysis will include the identification of services and system gaps, current best practices, existing service linkages, cultural appropriateness of services, and key MH/A

E-medical records opens new era in First Nations health care in Northern Ontario

By Laura E. Young NAUGHTON, Ont. – Health care for the 14 First Nations is entering the electronic age with the ultimate goal of enhanced and better access to health information for the member communities along Lake Huron and Manitoulin Island. Giiwednong Health Link (GHL) and Nightingale

Ask Dr. Mushquash: Is the training I’m taking based on solid research evidence?

Welcome to “Ask Dr. Mushquash”. One of the questions that I am often asked is: How can I find out if the training advertised to my community or organization is based on solid research evidence? This can be a tricky question to answer. When it comes to