Language and oral traditions are foundations of Indigenous cultures and identity, and honored as an important means of transmitting knowledge. As the NCCAH has found through our creation of documentary videos that capture the voices of Elders, youth, parents and guests in some of our major events, the immediacy and impact of audio-visuals make them a powerful tool to catalyze further discussion and mobilize energies to work for change.

Most of our videos are available as DVDs. We invite you to contact us at if you would like a copy for use in your community, organization or classroom.

Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit - Rhoda’s Dream: Burying the Baby

Short videos are now being produced by the NCCAH as part of the series, "Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit: The role of Indigenous knowledge in supporting wellness in Inuit communities in Nunavut". The first of these videos, "Rhoda’s Dream: Burying the Baby", is now complete. Based on a dream recounted by Rhoda Karetak, this video depicts her encounter and near burial of a baby girl who is gravely ill. Hearing the cries of the baby, Rhoda turns back and pulls the baby back out of the earth. The child’s cries turn to giggles and sunshine replaces the dark skies under which this event occurred. Reflecting on this dream, Rhoda draws parallels between burying the sick baby and burying Inuit culture and wisdom, as well as the urgency to revive Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit.

Transforming our realities: The determinants of health and Indigenous Peoples

December 2015 - On December 2-3, 2015, the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH) hosted a unique knowledge sharing and networking forum in Ottawa, Ontario, with over 100 representatives from federal, provincial/territorial, and Indigenous governments; academic and research institutions; Indigenous and non-Indigenous health organizations; and national and provincial Indigenous organizations. "Transforming our realities: The determinants of health and Indigenous Peoples" is the third in a series of forums on the social determinants of Indigenous peoples’ health. This forum focused on various mechanisms for exploring Indigenous social determinants of health, including infrastructure needs, partnerships and/or collaborations to assist in moving on a health agenda, and tools to assist in facilitating intersectoral collaboration to address social determinants of health within communities.

Family is the Focus

February 2014 - The NCCAH is pleased to share the video from the final national gathering, "Family is the Focus". Taking place on the traditional territories of the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Musqueam Peoples in Vancouver, British Columbia from February 18-20, 2014, participants from across Canada were joined by speakers from New Zealand and the United States. This video showcases footage from the keynote and panel discussions, as well as messages brought forth by participants.

Sacred Space of Womanhood: Mothering Across the Generations

January 2012 - This video documents a two-day gathering on mothering and womanhood hosted January 24-25th 2012 by the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH) in Ottawa, Ontario. The gathering drew over 160 participants from coast to coast to coast, representing more than five generations and the perspectives of multiple communities, leaders, and professions.

With Dad: Strengthening the Circle of Care

February 2011 - How can we welcome fathers back into the circle of care in the post-residential school era in Canada? ....with Dad: A Showcase on Aboriginal Father Involvement was hosted by the NCCAH in February 2011 and included Dads like Leo Hebert, who learned in mid-life how to connect emotionally with his family; elders like George Giant, a residential school survivor; and program leaders like Jake Gearheard of the Ilisaqsivik Society, helping address social and cultural change for Inuit men in the Arctic.

This documentary film shares the insights of Elders, fathers, matriarchs and participants on strengthening the role for First Nations, Inuit and Metis fathers in communities, programs, research and policies in Canada - for the health of their children and the well-being of their families, communities, and nations.

Messages from the Heart: Caring for our Children

March 2009 - From the coastal village of Bella Bella to the remote communities of Matawa in northern Ontario, people committed to the well-being of children and families in Canada gathered for an NCCAH-hosted event, Showcase on Aboriginal Child Rearing - Caring for Our Families and Children, in Ottawa March 13-14, 2009.

Addressing the legacy of the residential school system for families includes building on community strengths to support the next generation. This event highlighted programs and strategies that are working for First Nations, Inuit and Métis parents, families and communities, and featured a panel of Elders and young parents who shared their wisdom and experience in raising their own children.

Reclaiming Wholeness: Moving from Visions to Actions

February 2009 - In the soaring presence of the totems and houseposts of the Sty-Wet-Tan Longhouse at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., representatives from across Canada and from a variety of sectors gathered in February 2009 with a common purpose - to support the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

At the invitation of the NCCAH, participants looked for ways to accelerate change that recognizes the links between such issues as housing and tuberculosis, food security and health outcomes, and identity and mental well-being.

Circles of Health: Sharing our Gifts

February 2008 - A dramatic total eclipse of the moon cast a red shadow across the city of Ottawa as leaders and representatives from national Aboriginal organizations across the country gathered together in Feburary 2008 for an historic meeting. Although they came from the Aboriginal sports, housing and education sectors, or from tourism, economic development and academia, together they explored for the first time how their work intersects in the health and well-being of all Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

Guest speakers included the Honourable Moniqe Begin, Canadian Commissioner to the World Health Organization's Commission on Social Determinants of Health, and Dr. David Butler-Jones, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada. Here too are the voices of youth, so many of whom spoke of the possibilities for change from positions of power and strength.

Dialogue Circle: Ways of Knowing

February 2007 - The NCCAH hosted a gathering at the cedar longhouse at the University of British Columbia. This video captures the meeting - a journey between head and heart. How can Indigenous knowledge and western science work better together to help improve the health and well-being of Aboriginal peoples in Canada? That's the questions explored in this unique 'dialogue circle' bringing together representatives from Canadian public health and Aboriginal health agencies; from First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities; and from the U.S. and New Zealand.

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