The NCCAH acknowledges that there are diverse and emerging public health priorities for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples living in urban, rural, remote and northern communities across Canada. Our centre aims to explore, develop, and share knowledge resources that best reflect these multiple and unique priorities as they arise in Aboriginal health.
While the colonial history disrupted Aboriginal cultures and languages across Canada, individual and collective healing has begun. It became clear to the NCCAH that First Nations, Inuit and Métis health, well-being and healing are closely tied to land-based experiences, cultural practices, artistic expressions, and Indigenous language use and revitalization. As such, we have developed specific information around these themes and their relationship to wellness. Similarly, our centre has produced resources to show the relationship between cultural safety and better health outcomes for Aboriginal peoples.
The NCCAH has also explored traditional approaches and strategies in resources on the emerging priorities of environmental health, chronic diseases, and food security, each of which has been identified as a growing health concern by First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. Emerging public health priorities for Aboriginal peoples are constantly changing and evolving. The NCCAH continues to be responsive to new priorities including pandemic planning, the health experiences of Two-Spirit peoples, sexual health, and lateral violence.
In 2013 the six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health initiated a two-year project on Influenza and Influenza-Like Illness (ILI). As part of this collaborative project, the NCCAH produced three papers.
Two-Spirit is a term that encompasses a broad range of sexual and gender identities of Aboriginal peoples, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ).
As part of a mental health series produced by the National Collaborating Centre on Aboriginal Health (NCCAH), authors Sherry Bellamy and Cindy Hardy explore post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression among Aboriginal peoples in Canada.