Before we say farewell to 2016, the NCCAH would like to share some of the highlights of the past several months with you as well as future activities in the New Year. With the development and release of new resources, speaking engagements, and participation in national events, all of us at the centre have been kept very busy.
The first day of autumn has come and gone, and the crisp mornings and cool evenings of late October remind us that winter is just around the corner. It is time to take stock and gather stores, preparing for the next season. Along with the change in seasons comes an increase in infectious disease, disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable and valued members of our families and communities - Elders and young children.
The long, lingering days of summer are upon us. Perennial plants, flowers, and medicines have returned once again. It is the season for Indigenous peoples across Canada to set up summer camps out on the land, don trusty bear bells for treks through forest trails, and set out along the powwow trail. All of us at the NCCAH hope you enjoy the sunshine and this summer newsletter from wherever you may be!
Spring is here, a time for renewal and rebirth, a time for a fresh start and new ideas, and a renewed sense of spirit and hope. This is reflected by the tone of a new government in its relationship with Indigenous peoples as they launch a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada; work to address inequities in the social determinants of Indigenous peoples' health; and foster reconciliation by implementing the 94 recommendations of Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This newsletter highlights our most recent activities and provides links to newly released resources.
'Tis the season to celebrate the year-that-was and the year-that-is-to-come. Throughout 2015, the NCCAH has had the great pleasure of visiting with many of our friends and colleagues from across Canada and the world. These digital and face-to-face visits have given us opportunities to listen, gather, share, and exchange new information and resources on Indigenous peoples' public health. This final newsletter of 2015 highlights our most recent activities and provides links to our newly released resources.
Fall ushers in crisp air and the return of frost. Schools across Canada are abuzz with the return of students of all ages, eager to learn and make new friends. Recently I was honoured as one of UBC's Top 100 educators. This is very meaningful for me, especially as I welcome back the next generations of First Nations, Inuit and Métis scholars, from those entering pre-kindergarten to those continuing on to post-doctoral programs. I wish you well on your learning journeys in the months ahead!
Summer Solstice heralds in the longest day of the year and cultural celebrations across Canada as part of National Aboriginal Solidarity Day. These warmer months are also a time of reconnections and visiting between First Nations, Inuit and Métis families and communities as tents are set up, dances held, traditional foods and medicines are gathered, and the beauty of cultures abound. The NCCAH has certainly been reconnecting with our colleagues and friends from across British Columbia and Canada over the past months.
Tawâw and welcome to the NCCAH Spring 2015 newsletter. These past several months have been both busy and exciting times at the NCCAH! First, we are delighted to announce that our centre has been renewed through to 2020. This allows us to continue developing and sharing accessible, relevant, and timely information on First Nations, Métis and Inuit health issues. March was a particularly eventful month for us as we attended a number of regional, national and international events.
Welcome to the winter 2014 newsletter updating you on the activities and new resources of the NCCAH. Over the past several months, the NCCAH has participated in a number of local, national and international conferences and events. These gatherings allow us to hear about the health priorities from other regions. They also provide us with important face-to-face opportunities to share our knowledge and strengthen our national and international networks in Aboriginal public health.
Welcome to our Fall 2014 newsletter! I am pleased to share our latest update on recent activities at the NCCAH. We have published our 2014 NCCAH Activities Update Report, which summarizes the highlights of our activities, collaborations and publications that are completed or in progress since our last update. We have also recently published an important series of three fact sheets focused on racism experienced by Aboriginal peoples in Canada. The first fact sheet explores how to understand racism in historical context, the second examines how it affects individuals and communities, and the third describes what programs, policies and strategies exist to combat it.