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'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.


The NCCAH participated in a number of events this past fall. Along with Dr. Sarah de Leeuw, I presented on a panel, "Fostering Effective Community Partnerships for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship", at the Canadian Association of Fine Arts Deans 2015 Conference in October, held in Kelowna, British Columbia. That same month, Dr. Charlotte Loppie was our inaugural presenter for the NCCAH's webinar series. Her presentation, "Anti-Aboriginal Racism in Canada: A Social Determinant of Health", was attended by over 240 people, including several international participants. In November, we shared our resources at both the First Nations Health Managers Association 5th Annual Conference in Montreal, Quebec, and the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society's 18th Annual Provincial Training Conference in Richmond, British Columbia.


On December 2-3rd, the NCCAH hosted a national gathering, "Transforming our Realities: The Determinants Health and Indigenous Peoples", in Ottawa, Ontario. Over one hundred people from across Canada gathered to envision actions to address the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We were delighted to have opening remarks from the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, and the former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Phil Fontaine. The gathering also celebrated the NCCAH book, Determinants of Indigenous Peoples' Health: Beyond the Social, now in its fourth printing. Watch for the proceedings report and video documentary of the gathering in 2016.


The NCCAH looks forward to the many upcoming learning opportunities in 2016. We will continue our webinar series on Aboriginal public health. We invite you to join us on January 27th, 2016 for a webinar presentation by Dr. Brenda MacDougall and Bruce Dumont entitled,"Knowing Who You Are: Metis History, Identity and the Metis Nation Today". Be sure to stay tuned for topics, dates and times of all 2016 webinars.


We are excited to connect, network, and exchange knowledge at the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada's Sixth Pan-Canadian Conference and the National Training Forum of Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada, both being held in February 2016.


Be sure to visit our website or subscribe to our mailing list to receive notifications of newly released NCCAH resources, upcoming webinars and our regular quarterly newsletters. Please enjoy and share our knowledge resources with your community and networks and join us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and now YouTube or SoundCloud to participate in updates as they happen!


In closing, on behalf of the NCCAH, we wish you and your loved ones a safe and joy-filled holiday season!




Margo Greenwood, Academic Leader
National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH)


NCCAH Event Photos


Over sixty organizations joined the NCCAH to explore the determinants of health and Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Thank-you to each and every organization representative for your time and contributions to this important event.


A special thank you to The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, and former National Chief Phil Fontaine for joining us at the NCCAH Conference "Transforming our Realities: The Determinants of Health and Indigenous Peoples".



Attended Events

Upcoming Events


The Canadian Association of Fine Arts Deans (CAFAD) 2015 Conference


Kelowna, British Columbia, October 1-3, 2015. Conference web site

The 5th FNHMA National Annual Conference


Montreal, Quebec, November 3-5, 2015. Organization web site

BCACCS 18th Annual Provincial Training Conference


Richmond, British Columbia, November 5-7, 2015. Conference web site

NCCAH Gathering - Transforming our Realities: The Determinants Health and Indigenous Peoples


Ottawa, Ontario, December 2-3, 2015.

19th Annual Public Health Days (JASP) 2015


Montréal, Québec, décembre 8 au 9, 2015. Conference web site (in French only)

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


NCCAH Webinar - Knowing Who You Are: Métis history, identity and the Métis Nation today


Online GoToWebinar, January 27, 2015, 10am PST. NCCAH Webinar Registration

ANAC 2016 National Training Forum


Montreal, Quebec, February 15-17, 2016. Conference web site link

CDPAC's Sixth Pan-Canadian Conference


Toronto, Ontario, February 23-25, 2016. Conference web site link

Send us an email to with "Calendar Submission" in the subject line if you have an event you would like added to our calendar. 



New NCCAH resources


The NCCAH webinar "Anti-Aboriginal Racism in Canada: A Social Determinant of Health" delivered by Dr. Charlotte Loppie on October 23, 2015, had over 250 attendees from across Canada, as well as several international participants.


The National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH) now has the webinar recording, Power Point show and PDF files available online. Please follow the links listed below to access these digital resources.


In this webinar, Dr. Charlotte Loppie explored anti-Aboriginal racism in Canada - how to understand it in historical context, how it affects individuals and communities, and what programs, policies and strategies exist to combat it. Dr. Loppie began by describing the construction of race as a form of social hierarchy, followed with an overview of expressions of racism as well as the impact of lived and structural racism on First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada. Finally, Dr. Loppie provided examples of efforts to address racism in Canada, including anti-racism interventions, anti-oppressive education and cultural competency, as well as anti-discrimination legislation.



Top Three Trending NCCAH publications

Report: Health Inequalities and The Social Determinants of Aboriginal Peoples' Health


Fact Sheets: Aboriginal racism in Canada


Report: Cultural Safety in First Nations, Inuit and Métis Public Health


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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 NCCAH 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 NCCAH or our funder the Public Health Agency of Canada.


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


TRC Report - Reconciliation

Cancer Care Ontario, Aboriginal Cancer Strategy lll 2015-2019

American Indian Health and Nursing

2015 Report on Diabetes: Driving Change

Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada: Research, Policy and Practice

Environmental Scan: FASD & The Justice System in Canada

First Nations Child Poverty: A Literature Review and Analysis (2015)

Housing need in Canada: Healthy lives start at home

Trends in Income-Related Health Inequalities in Canada

The Mind Thief - A Kid's Guide to Alzheimer's Disease

Wellness in Early Onset Familial Alzheimer Disease: Experiences of the Tahltan First Nation

Aboriginal peoples: Fact sheet for Canada

Bring Hope and Restore Peace a Study Report on the Life and Concerns of Inuit Women of Nunavik

The Social Determinants of Higher Mental Distress among Inuit

The Diet of Québec First Nations and Inuit Peoples

Article: Giving Voice to Indigenous Health Perspectives

International Indigenous Policy Journal Volume 6, Issue 4, September 2015

The Northern Review

FNHA Newsletter, December 2015

First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada, Winter 2015

Aboriginal Health: Northern Health, Fall 2015


Online Multimedia

This section features infographics, interactives, apps or videos that we found interesting or educational. Please note the links provided in the NCCAH 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 NCCAH 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 with "Multimedia Submission" in the subject line.



1) The Montreal Gazette article "Who are Quebec's aboriginals and where do they live?" features an interactive map showing 55 different communities sorted by population density.


2) CIHI Health Inequalities Interactive Tool: Diabetes - Percentage of population age 18 and older who reported having been diagnosed with diabetes by a health professional. Analyzed by self-reported, adjusted by household income.


3) CIHI National Health Expenditure Infographics features six different infographics.



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