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Canada’s First Nations Should Benefit from Global Tobacco Treaty

Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor

OTTAWA–(Oct. 29, 2007) – “The Canadian government has abandoned tobacco control in First Nations communities,” asserted Atul Kapur, President of Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada.

A policy paper released today by Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada shows:

* While lung cancer rates are going down among men in Canada, they are going up among First Nations men.

by NationTalk on October 29, 2007835 Views

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First Nations Centre Launchs new Web site

Oct. 24, 2007

The FNC Web site not only has a brand new look, it offers easy to use navigation and improved access to the latest FNC resources.


We are a First Nations organization dedicated to improving the health of our people, our communities, and our nations. We believe that building First Nations capacity to plan and implement effective health services is the key to improving First Nations health. Therefore, we generate and share health information on priority First Nations health topics to support evidence-based planning at the local, regional and national levels.

by NationTalk on October 24, 2007639 Views

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Canadian paediatricians Join International Efforts to Eradicate Poverty

OTTAWA, Oct. 22 – The Canadian Paediatric Society is part of a global effort spearheaded by the Council of Science Editors to raise awareness, understanding and further research on poverty throughout the world. Paediatrics & Child Health, the CPS journal, is one of 233 peer reviewed publications publishing papers on the topic this month.

The October issue of Paediatrics & Child Health examines poverty from a Canadian perspective. Exploring issues such as poverty during pregnancy, its relation to obesity and its impact on educational outcomes for children, the journal examines what paediatricians, family physicians and other child health professionals can do to break the cycle.

by NationTalk on October 23, 2007767 Views

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Refocusing Indigenous Health

By Lindsay Waterman
Science and Technology Writer

An article in the October issue of the American Journal of Public Health found a strong correlation between social support and health in Canadian indigenous people. It may not seem remarkable, but the finding of this correlation has set an important precedent for research that focuses on the positive.

Since social problems in indigenous communities such as violence and alcohol abuse were first identified, research has dwelt on causes rather than solutions. Instead of studying why indigenous peoples’ health is often poor, this paper examines the factors that improve aboriginal health, focusing on the idea of “thriving” – how the communities flourish in response to adversity.

by NationTalk on October 23, 2007833 Views

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Community Participation In Successful Northern Healthy Foods Initiative Expands: Wowchuk

Manitoba News Release
October 16, 2007
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World Food Day Celebrated At Northern Food Forum

THOMPSON-Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Rosann Wowchuk reinforced the province’s commitment to promote access to healthy and nutritious foods in northern neighbourhoods and celebrated its expansion to new regions at the Northern Harvest Forum here today.
“I commend the efforts of all the communities who are working together to promote access to healthy foods including sharing information on northern agriculture and continuing to develop greenhouse and field crop operations in northern Manitoba,” said Wowchuk. “Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) is proud to be one of the many partners that recognizes the importance of working together to promote healthy food.”

by NationTalk on October 16, 2007842 Views

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Doctors Urge Prime Minister and Premiers to Take Action on Child and Youth Health

OTTAWA, Oct. 15 – The Canadian Medical Association (CMA), the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) and The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) today challenged governments and their leaders to make child and youth health a priority by formally adopting the objectives of Canada’s new Child and Youth Health Charter.

The three organizations delivered the Charter to government leaders, along with a letter urging them to take action on a situation they say is growing increasingly alarming.

by NationTalk on October 16, 2007877 Views

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Breast Screening Demand Grows, Overall Rates Level Off

Efforts must focus on reaching low income, immigrant and Aboriginal women

TORONTO, Oct. 11 – The number of women aged 50-69 requiring regular breast screening has increased by 3.3 per cent this year and more of these women are benefiting from the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP). The overall proportion of women aged 50 to 69 receiving a mammogram, however, has leveled off at approximately 60 per cent, below Ontario’s target of 70 per cent of eligible women screened by 2010. Efforts must focus on raising screening rates among women living in poverty, new Canadians and Aboriginal women.

by NationTalk on October 12, 2007808 Views

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Media Advisory – October 15 – 17, 2007 – National Conference on Key Paediatric Health Issues

“Informing Health Care Policy for Canadian Children and Youth: Strategies that are Making a Difference!”

MONTREAL, Oct. 11 – Over 400 Senior Health Professionals and dignitaries from across Canada are in Montreal to take part in a 3 day conference focused on paediatric health issues.

When: Monday, October 15 – Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Who: Hosted by the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC) Annual Meeting in partnership with CHU Sainte-Justine University Hospital Centre.

Where: Hilton Bonaventure Hotel, 900 de La Gauchetiere West, Montreal, Quebec

by NationTalk on October 11, 2007836 Views

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All Nations Hope AIDS Network is pleased to announce: The 1st Annual Aboriginal HIV/AIDS & HCV Conference “In the Spirit of the Family”

The 1st Annual Aboriginal HIV/AIDS & HCV Conference
“In the Spirit of the Family”
February 28 & 29, 2008
Marlboro Inn
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

Featuring Kim and Arsene Tootooosis , Cree/Assiniboine from Poundmaker First Nation in Saskatchewan. Founders of Red Echo Associates, providing specialized trainings such as Native Family Systems Training, Red Echo Life Skills Coach Training, Relationships Training, as well as various workshops designed to meet the needs of individuals, families and communities.

by NationTalk on October 11, 2007889 Views

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Allocating Funds for Healthcare in Manitoba Regional Health Authorities: A First Step

Thursday, October 4, 2007 9:05 AM

Population-Based Funding
by Gregory S Finlayson, Evelyn Forget, Okechukwu Ekuma, Shelley Derksen, Ruth Bond, Patricia Martens, and Carolyn De Coster

Imagine you are put in charge of Manitoba’s annual healthcare budget. How would you allocate those funds across Manitoba’s Regional Health Authorities?

This new report by the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy takes a look at a population-based approach to allocating healthcare funds.

For a copy of the report click on the link below:

by NationTalk on October 8, 2007856 Views

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Conversation On Health Ends With Record Participation

For Immediate Release
Oct. 7, 2007

Ministry of Health

VICTORIA – The final numbers are in. The Conversation on Health has ended, with over 12,000 submissions and thousands more people taking part in public forums, providing their ideas on the future of the health system.

The year-long conversation gathered input from across the province on how the health care system can be strengthened within the framework of the Canada Health Act. This was the single largest public discussion on health in B.C. history.

by NationTalk on October 8, 2007707 Views

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Access to Healthcare May Lead to Lower Amputation Rates for First Nations Communities

Monday, October 1, 2007 8:55 AM

Canadian First Nations people are at much higher risk for type 2 diabetes and its risk factors than the overall Canadian population.

First Nations people in Manitoba have a life expectancy that is 8 years lower than other Manitobans (males: 68.4 vs 76.1 years and females: 73.2 vs 81.4 years). Canadian First Nations people are at much higher risk for type 2 diabetes and its risk factors than the overall Canadian population.

Diabetes in Manitoba affects around 20 per cent of First Nations adults compared to around 5 per cent of non-First Nations adults. Amputation rates are very high amongst First Nations people, at 18 times the rate compared to other Manitobans.

by NationTalk on October 8, 2007951 Views

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Effects of Uranium Mining on Native Americans Documented

TEMPE, AZ–(October 5, 2007) – University of Advancing Technology (UAT) alumna Jenny Pond has produced her first full-length production, “Poison Wind,” a documentary that examines the devastation of the aboriginal homelands of indigenous people from the 1940s until today. An excerpt from the documentary will be shown as a work-in-progress at the 4th Annual Southwest Native American Film Festival.

by NationTalk on October 6, 2007948 Views

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Pacific & Western Arranges Financing for $214 million Sarnia Bluewater Hospital

LONDON, ON, Oct. 4 – David Taylor, President & C.E.O. of Pacific & Western Credit Corp. (TSX:PWC), is pleased to announce that Pacific & Western Credit Corp.’s wholly owned subsidiary, Pacific & Western Bank of Canada (the “Bank”), has arranged the financing for the construction by EllisDon Corporation of the Bluewater Health Capital Redevelopment Project in Sarnia, Ontario under Infrastructure Ontario’s Alternative Financing and Procurement Program. This financing was arranged with the assistance of the Gwich’in Tribal Council, an aboriginal organization that represents the Gwich’in in the Mackenzie-Delta of the Northwest Territories.

by NationTalk on October 5, 2007900 Views

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2007 Most Active Communities Announced

YELLOWKNIFE (October 4, 2007) – Winners of the 2007 Get Active NWT Community Challenge were announced today by the Honourable Charles Dent, Minister of Education Culture and Employment, the Honourable Michael McLeod, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, and the Honrouable Floyd K. Roland, Minister of Health and Social Services.
The communities that logged the most time per capita are:

Colville Lake – 263,580 minutes, 1,952 min/person
Whati – 1,580,323 minutes, 3,272 min/person
Fort McPherson – 1,274,220 minutes, 1,548 min/person
Inuvik – 806,129 minutes, 225 min/person

by NationTalk on October 5, 2007876 Views

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KOTH-KAHAC Launch Teleophthalmology Program in White Dog

The Kenora area First Nations communities are one step closer to diabetes eye care thanks to the recent launch of KAHAC’s Teleophthalmology Program. September 14 2006 marked the day Wassay-Gezhig Na Nahn dah we igami, also known as Kenora Area Health Access Centre or KAHAC,launched thier first diabetes eye screening clinic at White Dog First Nation (Wabaseemoong Independant Nation).

Partnering with KO Telehealth, and headed by KAHAC Diabetes Nurse Clinician Laurie Ann Marshall, the program will offer clients with diabetes the chance to have an eye specialist appointment without leaving their community! Along with state of the art teleophthalmology, which KOTH has been providing for 3 KO communities successfully for more than 2 years, the program offers a comfortable opportunity for clients to learn more about their diabetes and how to prevent complications.

by NationTalk on September 28, 20071175 Views

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Government Helps to Promote Physical Activity Among Canadians

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Sept. 26, 2007) – The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today before addressing the National Parks and Recreation Conference and Trade Show in Ottawa, made two announcements to promote more physical activity and healthy living among Canadians:

– Announcing a federal investment of $5.4 million over two years for 14 projects across Canada that promote physical activity, healthy eating and healthy weights;

by NationTalk on September 26, 2007877 Views

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FASD Funding Awarded to B.C. Communities

VICTORIA, Sept. 26 – The Victoria Foundation has awarded funds to 40 projects throughout B.C. from the $10-million Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Action Fund established by the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development in March 2006.

“FASD is the most common form of preventable brain injury in infants in the western world,” said the fund’s advisory committee chair Jan Lutke. “This brain injury is permanent and results in lifelong challenges in all areas across the lifespan.” It’s estimated that for every 1,000 births in our province, nine infants will be affected in some way by FASD.

by NationTalk on September 26, 20071207 Views

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Sexual Health Call for Abstracts and Presentations

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada welcomes abstract submissions for consideration as, panel discussions, workshop presentations, cultural sharing and poster presentations.

If you are interested in submitting an abstract please complete the abstract form, abstract summary and biography.

Abstract submissions can be mailed, faxed or emailed to Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada.

Deadline for abstracts is December 15, 2007

by NationTalk on September 25, 2007810 Views

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Canadian Mothers and Babies Don’t Get Enough Vitamin D

Paediatricians recommend increased doses for pregnant and breastfeeding women

OTTAWA, Sept. 24 – Canadian mothers and babies, especially those in northern communities, aren’t getting enough vitamin D, according to a new statement by the Canadian Paediatric Society.

Vitamin D deficiency – prevalent among pregnant women, exclusively breastfed infants, and northern Aboriginal populations – can pose serious dangers to the development of a fetus and infant, yet is easily preventable through supplements. Vitamin D can also help protect babies against certain illnesses in childhood and later in life.

by NationTalk on September 24, 2007772 Views

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Annual Funding Increased To Support Community-based Programs For Children And Families

Manitoba News Release
September 24, 2007

The province is investing more than $127,000 to increase annual funding for the parent-child coalitions that promote and support local community-based programs for young children and their families, Healthy Living Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross, minister responsible for Healthy Child Manitoba, announced today.
“Parent-child coalitions across the province support a wide range of programs including positive parenting, nutrition and physical health, literacy and learning,” said Irvin-Ross.  “Increased funding will allow the coalitions to expand their services and offer innovative programs to more children and families in their regions.”

by NationTalk on September 24, 2007790 Views

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Métis Announce ActNow BC Initiatives

For Immediate Release
Sept. 21, 2007

Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts

KELOWNA – B.C. Métis communities will be taking steps to encourage healthier lifestyles in support of ActNow BC goals, announced Michael de Jong, Minister for Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation.

A total of nine projects are being funded by the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH) to Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC). The projects include the promotion of wellness and chronic disease prevention strategies and increasing physical activity options in communities. The total funding for the nine projects is $600,000.

by NationTalk on September 24, 20071051 Views

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Prominent Canadians Champion the Nursing Profession

OTTAWA, Sept. 21 – A group of accomplished Canadians will champion nurses and the nursing profession during the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) centennial in 2008. “The individuals – experts in the fields of health policy, the environment, public affairs, leadership, business, media and entertainment – will volunteer their skills and knowledge to advance the important role of nursing in improving the health system and quality of life for the benefit of all Canadians,” said Dr. Marlene Smadu, president of CNA. As members of the CNA Centennial Leadership Cabinet, they will also help celebrate the contributions of Canada’s 250,000 registered nurses at events throughout CNA’s 100th anniversary year.

by NationTalk on September 22, 2007794 Views

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Health Council of Canada meets in Thunder Bay, Ont. Sept. 24 – 25

TORONTO, Sept. 21 – To provide a national perspective on the progress of health care renewal, the Health Council of Canada travels coast-to-coast meeting in five different locations each year. On Sept. 24 and 25, the Health Council will meet in Thunder Bay, Ont., to connect with local stakeholders and to continue its work monitoring, reporting on and advancing the renewal of quality health care in Canada.

by NationTalk on September 21, 2007874 Views

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More Than $1.3 Million Invested To Create Manitoba HIV Program, Reduce Spread Of Sexually-transmitted Infections, Promote Sexual Health

September 19, 2007
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Minister Encourages Manitobans to ‘Respect. Protect. Detect.’

More than $1.3 million will be invested over two years to create a Manitoba HIV program, reduce the spread of sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) and promote improved sexual health, Healthy Living Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross announced today.

“When left untreated, sexually-transmitted infections can cause serious long-term health problems for people and create significant pressures on our health-care system,” said Irvin-Ross. “Working with our partners in the regional health authorities and community organizations, this funding will be invested in projects to reduce the spread of sexually-transmitted infections, promote good health and improve access to care. We encourage Manitobans to – Respect. Protect. Detect.”

by NationTalk on September 19, 2007768 Views

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Aboriginal Concerns Heard At Conversation On Health

For Immediate Release
Sept. 18, 2007

Ministry of Health

VICTORIA – The fourth and final Conversation on Health meeting with Aboriginal communities in the province was held on September 12th.

The communities of Cowichan, Gitxsan, Little Shuswap and Seabird Island all expressed an interest in holding meetings and have now provided input to the province’s unprecedented year-long public discussion on health care.

by NationTalk on September 18, 2007893 Views

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AIDS Awareness on the Decline?

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Sept. 18, 2007) – Statistics and public opinion suggest AIDS awareness is declining. The 22nd AIDS Walk for Life, hosted by the British Columbia Persons With AIDS Society (BCPWA) on September 23rd in Stanley Park, reminds us that for 15,000 British Columbians, HIV/AIDS remains a fact of life.

“HIV has been labeled an intravenous drug users’ and a gay men’s disease by society,” says Glyn Townson, Chair of the BCPWA Society. “AIDS is a community issue the greater community cannot afford to ignore. We must work together to support people living with HIV/AIDS, and find ways to prevent further HIV infections.”

by NationTalk on September 18, 2007916 Views

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Media Advisory-AIDS Walk for Life 2007: The Walk Will Do Us Good

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Sept. 18, 2007) –

What: AIDS Walk for Life OttawaWhen: Saturday, September 22, 2007 – 7pmWhere: Festival Plaza – City Hall

The AIDS Walk for Life is Canada’s most important national fundraising and awareness event for the community-based AIDS movement. In Canada, approximately 58,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS and as many as 4,500 people are newly infected each year. One person every two hours is being infected with HIV every single day. Approximately 3,000 people living with HIV/AIDS here in Ottawa and infection rates continue to rise. With no cure or vaccine currently available, prevention remains our only hope.

by NationTalk on September 18, 2007732 Views

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Charles Jago Appointed New Northern Health Chair

For Immediate Release
Sept. 17, 2007

Ministry of Health
Northern Health

VICTORIA – The provincial government has appointed Dr. Charles Jago as the new chair of Northern Health.

“Dr. Jago brings a wealth of experience related to health and northern living to the Authority,” said Health Minister George Abbott. “His first-hand familiarity with health-care delivery across northern British Columbia and his track record of success in many past and present roles means residents will continue to have a proven leader at the helm of Northern Health. Our government greatly appreciates the outstanding commitment and leadership of Jeff Burghardt in his five years of service with the Northern Health Board and thanks him for his work.”

by NationTalk on September 18, 2007925 Views

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Call For Abstracts — Journal of Aboriginal Health, Vol. 5.

Aboriginal traditional health and healing practices for the Journal of Aboriginal Health, Vol. 5.

The Journal of Aboriginal Health (JAH) is the only peer-reviewed journal in the world focusing on the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Canada. Since its inception in 2004, it has become one of the pre-eminent journals in Canada on the health of Aboriginal Peoples.

This is a call for abstracts for papers in the area of Aboriginal traditional health and healing practices for the Journal of Aboriginal Health, Volume 5. Please submit an abstract of 250 words maximum for papers to be considered for publication in Volume 5.

– The deadline for abstract submission is October 31, 2007.
– Abstracts can be submitted by e-mail to:
– Abstracts may also be faxed to (613) 237-1810 (please write “Attention Managing Editor” on the fax).

by NationTalk on September 16, 2007942 Views

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Youth Treatment Centre Celebrates Official Opening

News Release – September 14, 2007

Leading Thunderbird Lodge, a First Nations youth addiction treatment centre located at Fort San in the Qu’Appelle Valley, today celebrates its official opening.

Established by the File Hills Qu’Appelle (FHQ) Tribal Council and the Touchwood Agency Tribal Council (TATC), the treatment centre offers addiction and substance abuse programs to First Nations youth.

by NationTalk on September 16, 2007925 Views

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NAN Members To Raise Funds for Diabetes Awareness

Former Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Bentley Cheechoo together with NAN Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler announced plans to lead three First Nation youth in the 2007 Honolulu Marathon as part of Team Diabetes Canada’s first ever First Nation team from Northwestern Ontario.

“The government programming just isn’t there in terms of education and prevention of this disease,” said former NAN Grand Chief (1988-1994) Bentley Cheechoo who lives with Type 2 diabetes controlled by diet and exercise. “There needs to be comprehension among the Aboriginal community, starting with translation of educational materials, of what this disease does to you and how you can prevent it from doing more harm than it needs to. We’re not going to eradicate it, but we can minimize its impact.”

by NationTalk on September 14, 20071135 Views

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Government Takes Action to Grow Health Workforce

September 11, 2007

New strategy adds 258 training seats, aims to attract more health professionals

Edmonton … Adding more health care professionals in rural Alberta, increasing post-secondary spaces for students in health programs and enhancing professional development bursaries are some of the actions the province will take to increase the number of health professionals working in Alberta.

A new Health Workforce Action Plan outlines 19 key initiatives to address Alberta health workforce issues. This year $30 million will go toward eight key recommendations, which include creating a health career and skills assessment network, increasing clinical training capacity and attracting health professionals working abroad.

by NationTalk on September 13, 2007850 Views

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Prince Albert Will Be Home To Three New Addiction Treatment Centres

News Release – September 12, 2007

Premier Lorne Calvert announced today the locations of three Project Hope treatment facilities for substance abuse. Prince Albert will soon become a centre of excellence for addiction treatment services in the province of Saskatchewan.

Construction of a Family Treatment Centre, a 15-bed Youth Treatment Centre and a joint Acute/Social Detox Centre for adults will begin shortly on land near the Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert.

by NationTalk on September 12, 2007964 Views

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Attention Assignment Editors; Media Advisory: Hundreds of Metis Citizens Set to Gather for Major Health Announcement in Kelowna

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Sept. 12, 2007) – The Metis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) will announce at its 10th Annual General Meeting in Kelowna that it has received funding for the Aboriginal ActNow BC strategy, a partnership-based, community-focused cross-ministry health promotion initiative designed to address chronic disease and injury risk factors in the Aboriginal community. The Provincial Ministry of Health, through the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, is working with the MNBC to develop culturally relevant pilot projects in each of the seven MNBC regions.

by NationTalk on September 12, 2007882 Views

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Southern First Nations Community Support Services Training

September 11, 2007
Press Release
For Immediate Release:

Indigenous Nutrition: Traditional Steps to Wellness

This training will focus on the relationship between traditional foods and wellness. It will examine the role that traditional diets and foods play in restoring balance within individuals, community and the natural world. It will demonstrate how our current diet and lifestyle are impacting our state of health, spirituality, mentally and physically. This training will bring together science and culture in a way that will benefit all who participate.

Where: Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory
Community Centre (downstairs)
When October 16, 17, 2007
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Travel Dates: October 15 & 18, 2007
Presented By: Suzanne Katsitsiarihshion Brant

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Métis Residential School Survivors The Healing Continues

The MNO is participating in the Service Canada’s initiative to provide information sessions and application assistance to Métis residential school survivors. The residential schools settlement has been approved by the courts. This website describes the settlement benefits and how to get them.

Dates of sessions:

Sep 13, 2007 9:30am to 11:30am – info session
Sep 19, 2007 9:00am to 4:00pm – intake session
Oct 18, 2007 9:00am to 4:00pm – intake session
Nov 21, 2007 1:00pm to 4:00pm – intake session
Dec 20, 2007 1:00pm to 4:00pm – intake session

All sessions take place at the Region 8 Métis Nation of Ontario office:

103 Richmond Street East
Unit 404
Toronto, ON
Ph: 416-977-9881 or toll free 1-888-466-6684
Fx: 416-977-9911


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MNBC – 2008 Honour Your Health Challenge

Métis Nation British Columbia

You are invited to participate in the October 9 to 12, 2007 Honour Your Health Challenge Provincial Training Event in Vancouver, BC. There is no cost to register and information about the event is attached. Anyone interested in participating must complete the attached registration form and fax it back to Denise Lecoy, HYHC Provincial Coordinator, by September 14, 2007.

What is the Honour Your Health Challenge?
A minimum 6-week Health Challenge beginning January
2008 featuring prizes and grant opportunities. The HYHC
encourages individuals and communities to promote:
• Healthy eating;
• Increased physical activity;
• Decreased tobacco misuse.

Who should attend the training?
If you are an employee or volunteer with a special interest
in promoting health and wellness, then this training event is
for you.

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Notice To The Media Thursday, September 6, 2007

The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Michael Kirby, Chair, Mental Health Commission, will make an announcement.

Friday, September 7, 2007

9:00 a.m. (local time)

Alberta Children’s Hospital
2888 Shaganapi Trail NW
Kinsmen Learning Centre
4th Floor – Room 4
Calgary, Alberta

Note: Media will be met at the front doors of the Hospital and escorted to the 4th Floor

Media Inquiries:

Erik Waddell
Office of the Minister of Health

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Former Lieutenant Governor James Bartleman Joins CAMH Board

TORONTO, Sept. 6 – When the Honourable James K. Bartleman hangs up his official robes as Ontario’s 27th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, he will not be leaving his passion for the rights of people with mental illness and addictions behind. The former LG is joining the Board of Trustees at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) — the academic teaching hospital whose work he knows so well-and will be attending his first CAMH board meeting on Sept. 20.

“CAMH is Canada’s leading mental health and addictions teaching hospital, but it is also a force for change. CAMH has made fighting the stigma of mental illness and addictions a top priority – the prime example being the redevelopment of its institutionalized Queen Street site into an urban village, based on care. I want to help CAMH win the battle against stigma and discrimination.”

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Province To Invest Over $1.5 Million To Expand Dialysis: Doer

September 5, 2007
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New Four-station Unit To be Located in Gimli

GIMLI—The province will invest over $1.5 million to expand dialysis treatment for Gimli and the surrounding area, Premier Gary Doer announced here today.

“The province continues to improve the quality of life for rural and northern Manitobans by bringing state-of-the art technology and quality health-care services closer to home,” said Doer.

A new four-station unit will be developed to provide dialysis for eight patients in Gimli and surrounding areas as well as additional support to dialysis patients in Selkirk.

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Six Nations – A Healthy Donation For Saving The Gift Of Life

08/29/07 – Residents of Six Nations with cardiovascular/heart type afflictions that frequent events in and around the Territory of Six Nations do so with a certain level of caution, especially in the heat of this 2007 summer.

Six Nations selection and presentation today as one of the 50 recipients to receive 2 new public defibrillator’s will take the caution levels of many to hopefully rest at ease for a more enjoyable and active livelihood.

The 2 new public defibrillator’s are the result of a generous donation of a $3 million grant — the largest in North American history for defibrillators — from the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion, complemented by the largest private sector gift of $1 million from The Frank Cowan Foundation to the Heart & Stroke Restart a Heart, Restart a Life Campaign.

Over the next few months installation of the defibrillators will take place in high traffic public sites, selected in conjunction with Six Nations Ambulance Service. In the first year, training and equipment will be provided. Eight to ten trained personnel will be available at each defibrillator location to assist someone who is having a cardiac arrest.

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Saskatchewan Supports Mental Health Commission

News Release – August 31, 2007

Minister of Healthy Living Services Graham Addley today commended the federal government for appointing a board of directors to govern the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

“This is an important milestone for an organization that will work with provinces, territories and non-governmental groups to improve mental health services for all Canadians,” Addley said.

“The Government of Saskatchewan supports collaborative efforts to better address the problem of mental illness.”

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Notice of Meeting: Formation of the Manitobans for Healing and Reconciliation Network

You, or a representative of your organization, are invited to participate in ONE of the (information) Orientation Sessions (morning or afternoon) and Formation Meeting (in the evening), and the option of shared lunch and/or supper.

Date: September 10, 2007 (See Time below)

Place: Ka Ni Kanichihk, 455 Mc Dermot St, Winnipeg (Parking by the building and limited time on the street)

Time: We are offering the following schedule with the hope that you can attend at some point in the day, in between or part of your work, school and other commitments.

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Inuit Midwifery Web Site Launched

For Immediate Release

OTTAWA, ON — Today the Ajunnginiq (Inuit) Centre is celebrating the healthy birth of its trilingual information Web site on Inuit midwifery, maternity care, birthing and infant health in the North.

The Web site, located at, is available in Inuktitut, English and French. The site is rich with resources, including research reports and news clippings on Inuit and western midwifery, notices of conferences of interest to midwives, a listing of training courses at northern colleges for maternity care workers, and much more.

by NationTalk on September 1, 20071087 Views

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Prime Minister Announcement on Mental Health Falls Short on Helping Those Most At Risk in Canada: First Nations

OTTAWA, Aug. 31 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine said today’s announcement by the Prime Minister is not an adequate response to First Nations’ calls for a comprehensive mental wellness program.

“Investment in a Canadian Mental Health Commission is good for Canadians who have some access to mental health services, but First Nations communities are currently not supported to deliver comprehensive prevention and healing services,” said National Chief Phil Fontaine, “Including a First Nations Commissioner and an Aboriginal Advisory Committee are positive steps forward but without authority, money and direct accountability to First Nations, it is doubtful any meaningful change can occur.”

by NationTalk on September 1, 2007862 Views

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Provincial And Federal Government Join Forces With Local Communities To Improve Hospital Services For Aboriginal People In James Bay

Historic Agreement Paves Way For Weeneebayko Area Health Authority

MOOSE FACTORY ISLAND, ON, Aug. 31 – The tri-party agreement signed by the province, federal government and local leaders today will help improve the health of the James Bay Aboriginal communities by paving the way for the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority, said George Smitherman, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

“This momentous agreement will help to bring high-quality health care services to the people living on the James Bay coast,” said Smitherman. “The new Weeneebayko Area Health Authority will serve the 11,000 residents of this coastal area to ensure they can access the best possible care, closer to home.”

by NationTalk on September 1, 2007888 Views

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New Committee To Hear Appeals About Compensation For Victims Of Crime

News Release – August 31, 2007

Victims of crime who apply for compensation for harm suffered as a result of a violent crime will now be able to appeal decisions of the Victims Compensation Program.

“I am confident that the Victims Compensation Appeal Committee will help us respond better to the needs of victims of violent crime so they and their families can begin to recover,” Justice Minister Frank Quennell said. “The establishment of this appeal committee follows the spirit of the Declaration of Principles Respecting the Treatment of Victims of Crime, which has been adopted by Saskatchewan Justice.”

by NationTalk on August 31, 2007823 Views

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