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Welcome

 

The warmer days of spring are upon us and as the flowers bloom, fiddleheads emerge, and the colours of the trees become more vibrant, we see the potential for new growth. We are currently in the third wave of the pandemic, but with vaccinations rolling out, we know there is a light at the end of the tunnel and we look forward to new beginnings and brighter days ahead.

 

Over the winter months, the NCCIH released new knowledge resources and publications. Visit the publications page to see new reports, factsheets, videos, podcasts and articles and chapters. Additionally, we encourage you to visit the NCCIH COVID-19 page to find weekly updated COVID-19 information, official public health guidelines, and resources and tools specific to First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and communities.

 

The National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH), in collaboration with the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID), produced five fact sheets on vaccine preventable diseases and immunizations. Three of the fact sheets are geared towards helping health professionals discuss immunizations with their patients. The other two resources were developed to provide First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples with evidence-based information and facts on immunizations. Read the NCCIH web story on supporting vaccine confidence amongst First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples and communities or view the five factsheets on the publications page.

 

Noni MacDonald, Professor of Pediatrics at Dalhousie University and I co-authored the opinion editorial, Vaccine Mistrust: A Legacy of Colonialism (Op Ed), published March 31, 2021 in The Globe and Mail. This opinion editorial addresses COVID-19 vaccine mistrust and acknowledges Indigenous peoples' right to self-determination. More information and a link to download the article can be found on the NCCIH website.

 

The NCCIH has recently launched a new external resource database. The Cultural Safety Collection is a selective repository of resources related to addressing barriers in accessing health and social services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples because of their experiences with racism, discrimination and marginalization. As part of our external resource library, we also have a COVID-19 Collection and a Tuberculosis Collection. Visit the NCCIH website to view all three collections. The resources can be searched by health topic, subject/keyword, publication type and year published.

 

If you are interested in knowing about other publications, please visit our web site or subscribe to our mailing list to receive notifications of newly released NCCIH resources, upcoming webinars and our regular seasonal newsletters. Please enjoy and share our knowledge resources with your community and networks, and if you have not already done so, join us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Vimeo, YouTube, SoundCloud, or ISSUU to participate in updates as they happen.

 

On behalf of all the staff at the NCCIH, we hope you stay safe, healthy and enjoy the warmer months ahead.

 

Meegwetch

 

Margo Greenwood, Academic Leader
National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH)

 

 

 

NCCIH News

Updates on COVID-19

Visit the weekly updated NCCIH COVID-19 resource page for reliable and timely information in response to the evolving global pandemic. This page includes official public health guidelines, NCCIH COVID-19 resources, emerging topics in COVID-19, and resources produced by fellow NCCs.

 
 


Cultural Safety Collection

The NCCIH has recently launched a new external resource database. The Cultural Safety Collection is a selective repository of resources related to addressing barriers in accessing health and social services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples due to their experiences with racism, discrimination and marginalization. It includes resources focused on creating a culturally competent workforce, promoting cultural safety in service settings, practicing cultural humility, responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action, implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and addressing anti-Indigenous racism.

 
 

 

NCCIH Events

External Events

The NCCIH will continue to update the events calendar with rescheduled dates and list any upcoming virtual events in the summer newsletter.

 
 

NCCIH Webinar - First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and Physical Activity during COVID-19

 

Virtual event, May 26, 2021.

 

Zoom webinar registration link

 

Canadian Paediatric Society Virtual Conference

 

Virtual event, June 22-25, 2021.

 

Conference web site link

 
 

Please visit the online NCCIH calendar of events, which highlights conferences, workshops, and other events of interest in the field of Indigenous Health including regional, national and global listings.

 

New NCCIH Resources

 

Supporting Vaccine Confidence in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Communities

 

This fact sheet provides information so that healthcare providers can better understand vaccine hesitancy expressed by Indigenous patients. It offers strategies to support vaccine confidence with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

 

Read the fact sheet

 

 

Supporting Vaccine Confidence in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Communities

 

 

Vaccines - the Facts

 

This fact sheet outlines basic facts on vaccine effectiveness and safety, testing and administration of vaccines, as well as the prevalence and risks of side effects associated with immunizations. It is also available in Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut.

 

Read the fact sheet

 

 

Vaccines - the Facts

 

 

Vaccine Preventable Diseases in Canada: What are They?

 

This fact sheet lists and describes vaccine-preventable diseases and when vaccinations are routinely offered to protect against them. It is also available in Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut.

 

Read the fact sheet

 

 

Vaccine Preventable Diseases in Canada: What are They?

 

 

Tips for Conversations with Patients About Vaccinations

 

This fact sheet supports healthcare providers prepare for conversations and questions about immunizations. It reinforces the need to be aware of non verbal communication, to practice cultural safety, to provide credible information, and to maintain an open dialogue with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples on vaccines.

 

Read the fact sheet

 

 

Tips for Conversations with Patients About Vaccinations

 

 

Information and Resources to Build Vaccine Confidence for First Nations, Inuit and Métis People

 

This fact sheet provides information on how vaccines work, their safety, and possible side effects. This evidence supports informed decision-making on immunizations. It is also available in Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut.

 

Read the fact sheet

 

 

Information and Resources to Build Vaccine Confidence for First Nations, Inuit and Métis People

 

Request NCCIH Knowledge Resources

 

Did you know you can request NCCIH publications free of charge? Send your request to us by filling out the "Request this Publication" form found at the bottom of each online publication page, indicate how many copies you'd like, a note about how you will utilize the resource, your name and mailing address. We will do our best to accommodate your request based on our current available printed inventory. If you have multiple publication requests, please use the "Request Publications" text link found in the top right hand corner of the NCCIH web site.

 

Do you have a particular NCCIH publication that you or your organization found to be an excellent resource? If so, we would appreciate you letting us know what it was and how you found it useful, by filling out the "Publication Feedback" form. We welcome your feedback.

 

All NCCIH materials can be reproduced in whole or in part with appropriate attribution and citation. These materials are to be used solely for non-commercial purposes. To measure the impact of these materials, we would appreciate your informing us of their use by filling out the "Publication Use Notification" form, including information about whether you distributed the resource to others, quoted it or cited it.

 

Online Resources

 

In support of creating a health community focused on knowledge synthesis, transfer and exchange we have chosen a sampling of current online resources to share. Please note the links provided in the NCCIH newsletters are for general interest only and do not indicate an endorsement. The views expressed in the linked resources do not necessarily represent the views of the NCCIH or our funder the Public Health Agency of Canada.

 

Send us an email to nccih@unbc.ca with "Online Resource" in the subject line if you have an online resource you would like added to our next newsletter.

 

 

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society E-news Spring 2021

 
 

National Indigenous Diabetes Association Spring 2021 Newsletter

 
 

Indigenous Mentorship Network of the Pacific Northwest (IMN-PN) Newsletter

 

 

Cultural Survival - Indigenous Women: The Strength of our Communities

 
 

BC Aboriginal Child Care Society (BCACCS) E-News April 2021

 
 

Northern Health Indigenous Health - Spring 2021 Newsletter

 

 

Public Health Agency of Canada - What we heard: Indigenous Peoples and COVID-19: Public Health Agency of Canada's companion report

 
 

Public Health Agency of Canada - Best Brains Exchange proceedings report: Strengthening the structural determinants of health post-COVID-19

 
 

Statistics Canada - The Daily - 6 publications released in 2021

 

 

Public Health Agency of Canada - COVID-19: How to make your mask fit properly

 
 

Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority - 5 Reasons to wear a mask even after you're vaccinated

 
 

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami - COVID-19 Vaccine

 

 

COVID-19 Public Health Working Group on Remote and Isolated Communities - Addendum: Promotion of Influenza and COVID-19 Immunization in Remote and Isolated First Nations, Inuit and Métis Northern Communities

 
 

Vaccine Mistrust: A Legacy of Colonialism (Op Ed)

 
 

Educating Medical Students' "Hearts and Minds": A Humanities-Informed Cultural Immersion Program in Indigenous Experiential Community Learning

 

 

First Nations Health Authority - Planning for Food Security: A Toolkit for the COVID-19 Pandemic

 
 

First Nations Health Authority - Practising Self-Compassion

 
 

National Indigenous Diabetes Association - Gifts from our Relations - Indigenous Original Food Guide

 

Online Multimedia

 

This section features infographics, interactives, apps or videos that we found interesting or educational. Please note the links provided in the NCCIH newsletters are for general interest only and do not indicate an endorsement. The views expressed in the linked resources do not necessarily represent the views of the NCCIH or our funder the Public Health Agency of Canada.

 

Send us an email if you have multimedia resources you would like included in our next newsletter to nccih@unbc.ca with "Multimedia Submission" in the subject line.

 

 

1) Watch the Government of Canada's video, How do I know COVID-19 vaccines are safe without long-term data? This video is also available in Indigenous languages.

 

2) The First Nations Health Managers Association (FNHMA) is hosting weekly Virtual Town Halls. Visit their website to learn more and access video recordings of previous meetings.

 

3) Listen to the podcast, ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖏᑦ (Inuit Unikkaangit) on the CBC radio website.

 

 

 

The NCCs of NCCPH

Established in 2005 and funded through the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the six National Collaborating Centres (NCCs) for Public Health (NCCPH) work together to promote the use of scientific research and other knowledge to strengthen public health practices, programs and policies in Canada.

 

A unique knowledge hub, the NCCs identify knowledge gaps, foster networks and provide the public health system with an array of evidence-based resources, multi-media products, and knowledge translation services.

 

 

A video on vaccine confidence: an NCCIH and NCCID collaborative project

 

TThe National Collaborating Centres for Indigenous Health and Infectious Diseases have created this video focusing on vaccine confidence for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. Also known as immunizations, vaccines protect you, your family and community from vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, chickenpox and polio. The more you know about the safety of immunizations, the more confident you can be in your decision to vaccinate.

 

Watch the video

 

 

Vaccine Confidence

 

 


Connect with the NCCs

The NCCs are located across Canada, and each focuses on a different public health priority.

 

The six centres are:

 

NCC for Indigenous Health (NCCIH), University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC

 
 

NCC for Determinants of Health (NCCDH), St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia

 
 

NCC for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP), Institut national de sante publique du Quebec (INSPQ), Montreal, Quebec

 

 

NCC for Infectious Diseases (NCCID), University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba

 
 

NCC for Environmental Health (NCCEH), British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, Vancouver, BC

 
 

NCC for Methods and Tools (NCCMT), McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario