– New IDF Consensus on Prevention of Diabetes is Launched
BARCELONA, April 26 – The diabetes pandemic is threatening to overwhelm global healthcare services. Today, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) launched a new consensus statement on diabetes prevention, to be published in the May issue of Diabetic Medicine, hot on the heels of a December 2006 United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for concerted international action.
“The UN resolution is a huge win in the fight against the biggest disease epidemic in human history. Diabetes is responsible for close to 4 million deaths every year. With 246 million people with diabetes now and 380 million people with diabetes by 2025, diabetes is set to bankrupt national economies(1),” said Professor Paul Zimmet, Director, International Diabetes Institute and co-author of the consensus. “Type 2 diabetes can be prevented, but it will take enormous political will on the part of governments to make this a reality. They can achieve this by creating the environment that allows individuals to make lifestyle changes. That is why we are calling on all countries to endorse the UN resolution and to target entire populations through the development and implementation of National Diabetes Prevention Plans.”
Ottawa, ON (April 26, 2007) – It is time to set the record straight on the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s position on Matrimonial Real Property. I am frustrated when the media are blindly led to write clearly biased reports without getting all of the facts. That is especially true with the Regina Leader Post […]
(Yellowknife, NT – April 26, 2007) Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. (DDMI) is pleased to release its 2006 full-year socio-economic report as committed to under the Diavik Socio-Economic Monitoring Agreement.
Diavik’s SEMA report provides a summary of socio-economic initiatives in employment, business, and workforce development from January through December 2006. Some highlights include:
♦ Training: Eight northerners achieved Journeyperson designation in 2006 bringing the total tradespeople trained at Diavik to ten. Additionally, Diavik and contractors employed 20 apprentices, all northern and the majority Aboriginal.
Mayor Don MacLean, City of Pitt Meadows and Gayle Martin, GVRD Parks Committee Chair, along with other dignitaries including representatives from the Katzie First Nation, were joined by cyclists, hikers, outdoor enthusiasts, and members of the farming community in celebrating the opening of the first phase of the Pitt River Regional Greenway on Saturday, April 21, 2007.
The occasion was marked by the unveiling of a commemorative plaque and a ceremonial ribbon cutting. Activities also included interpretative walks and recreational events hosted by the GVRD, City of Pitt Meadows, and Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Parks and Leisure Services, offering visitors a glimpse of what the greenway has to offer.
“Water is Life”
The Human Right to Water and Indigenous Peoples
The International Indian Treaty Council is pleased to respond to the High Commissioner’s invitation to submit information relevant to the Council on Human Rights’ requested study on the human right to water. We thank the High Commissioner for her interest in this vital matter. We also underscore the urgent need to review current relevant standards impacting this issue, and to conduct a comprehensive study on the human right to water which takes into consideration to concerns, perspectives, expertise and experiences of Indigenous Peoples around the world.
For Indigenous Peoples, their relationship with the rivers, streams, waterfalls, lakes, oceans, hot and cold sprints, groundwater, rain and snow, coastal seas and sea ice which they have traditionally used and protected since time immemorial provides the basis for their traditional subsistence economies (farming, hunting, gathering, herding and fishing), physical health, sanitation and collective material survival. But this relationship is also a fundamental requirement and prerequisite for their spiritual relationship with the natural world which is, in turn, the basis of their cultural identity, ceremonial practices and sacred responsibility to the survival of their future generations.
Growing concern about the way Canada is failing in terms of child-health indicators and the health and social issues affecting children has led three major Canadian medical organizations to organize a one-day summit meeting to set priorities.
“The ultimate goal is simple,” says Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai, immediate past president of the CMA and one of the summit’s co-chairs. “In five years, we want Canada to rank among the top five countries for all child-health indicators.”
The Apr. 26 meeting is bringing members of the CMA, Canadian Paediatric Society and College of Family Physicians of Canada together with representatives from the business, research, political and Aboriginal communities. There will be several keynote speakers, including Sir Albert Aynsley-Green, England’s commissioner for children, and Tony Clement, the federal minister of health.
Community Resources Minister Buckley Belanger announced today that he is temporarily suspending operations at Four Directions Stabilization and Assessment group home until it can fully meet agreed upon standards for residential care. Community Resources and Yorkton Tribal Council Child and Family Services will be working with First Nations Child and Family Services agencies to find alternative placements for the 21 youth who currently reside at Four Directions as soon as possible.
“I remain committed to Four Directions, in appreciation of the leadership that the local chiefs and the Board of Four Directions have taken in this matter,” Belanger said. “As Minister, my clear responsibility is for all children in care in the province. I know that management and staff at the group home have been committed to the safety of the children, as well. However, it is the conclusion of my department staff that despite good efforts, there remains much work to be done to ensure Four Directions meets the core standards for care. This temporary suspension will give Four Directions the time they need to address this.”
OTTAWA, April 26 – The Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Paediatric Society, and The College of Family Physicians of Canada launched Canada’s Child Health Iniative (CHI). We believe that one of the main priorities of our society must be to provide the conditions in which Canadian children and youth can grow up healthy.
It was for this reason that we convened Canada’s first ever Canadian Child Health Summit with the clear objective of achieving consensus on the goals and actions required to improve child and youth health in Canada. Today, we have made significant progress obtaining that goal.
CALGARY, April 26 – An innovative approach to the way child welfare is delivered on First Nations in Alberta will be announced in Calgary on Friday, April 27, 2007 at 10am. The announcement will take place at the Garden Patio Room of the Delta Bow Valley Hotel, 209-4th Avenue SE.
It will include remarks from The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, The Honourable Janis Tarchuk, Minister of Alberta Children’s Services and representatives of Alberta’s three Treaty areas: Chief Eddy Makokis of Saddle Lake First Nation on behalf of the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations; Spokesperson Chief Charles Weasel Head of the Treaty 7 First Nations Chiefs Association; and Grand Chief Arthur Noskey of Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta.
For further information: Deirdra McCracken, Office of the Honourable Jim Prentice, (819) 997-0002; Glenn Luff, INAC Communications, (780) 495-6638 (office), (780) 940-9880 (cell); Lisa Nisbet, Communications, Alberta Children’s Services, (780) 686-6455 (cell); Katie Rabbit Young Pine, Treaty 7 First Nations Chiefs’ Association, (403) 669-9285
TORONTO, April 25 – The first Board of Directors for the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer was announced today by Board Chair Jeff Lozon. The Partnership, funded by the federal government, is the first body to bring together patient survivors, cancer experts and government representatives from across the country to lead the implementation of a national cancer strategy.
The Partnership represents years of work by a coalition with representatives from cancer organizations, the research community, patients and families, aboriginal organizations and government who developed the Canadian Strategy to Control Cancer.