CLOSING THE CIRCLE - WINTER 2021

 

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Welcome

 

Tansi! Welcome to the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health's winter newsletter. It's been nearly one year since COVID-19 restrictions were first introduced and working from home became the new normal. As we navigate colder weather and the second wave of the pandemic, it is important to find healthy ways to stay active and practice self-care while we keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities safe. We can do this by connecting with others virtually, going for walks, eating healthy and staying connected to our cultures. We have all been busy planning projects, working on new knowledge products, updating our website, and participating in virtual meetings and events to share our knowledge and resources during this pandemic.

 

Early this year (2021), the NCCIH hosted a virtual series on COVID-19 and First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The series explored four themes:

All four sessions were recorded and can be found on the NCCIH website and YouTube. We also hosted a webinar entitled Vaccine Hesitancy and First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations in collaboration with the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID).

 

In partnership with Northern Health, we recently released a rapid evidence review, There is no vaccine for stigma that examines strategies used during previous disease outbreaks among Indigenous populations living in rural, remote and northern regions of Canada to inform contemporary responses to COVID-19. Along with the report, we also launched Healing in Pandemic Times: Indigenous Peoples, Stigma and COVID-19, a short animated video to draw attention to the ongoing issue of stigmatization experienced by Indigenous Peoples in the health care system. You can watch the video and read the full media release on the NCCIH website. During the fall, the NCCIH staff worked on additional reports including:

 

The NCCIH recently launched two Indigenous-specific external resource libraries on our website, one on COVID-19 and the other on tuberculosis. Both collections can be searched by health topic, subject/keyword, publication type, and year published. We also continue to update our COVID-19 page with NCCIH resources.

 

In closing, if you are interested in knowing more about our publications, please see 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, I wish you and your loved ones' a healthy spring season and all the best as we navigate these extraordinary times of a global pandemic.

 

Meegwetch

 

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

 

 

 

NCCIH News

COVID-19 Updates

See our regularly updated 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.

 
 


External Resource Library

The NCCIH recently launched two Indigenous-specific external resource libraries on our website, one on COVID-19 and the other on tuberculosis. Both collections can be searched by health topic, subject/keyword, publication type, and year published.

 
 

 

New NCCIH Resources

 

Informed Choice and Consent in First Nations, Inuit and Métis Women's Health Services

 

This summary report, Informed Choice and Consent in First Nations, Inuit and Métis Women's Health Services, focuses on a knowledge exchange forum that was held on January 28-29, 2020 in Ottawa, Ontario.

 

Read the report

 

 

Informed Choice and Consent in First Nations, Inuit and Métis Women's Health Services

 

 

There is no vaccine for stigma

 

This rapid evidence review examines strategies used during previous disease outbreaks among Indigenous populations living in rural, remote and northern regions of Canada to inform contemporary responses to COVID-19.

 

Read the report

 

 

There is no vaccine for stigma

 

 

Supporting Indigenous self-determination in health : Lessons learned from a review of best practices in health governance in Canada and Internationally

 

This paper provides a targeted review of literature on various models of Indigenous health governance implemented across Canada and globally that have led to improved access to primary health services, greater ownership, control and management by Indigenous Nations, and improved health outcomes. Its purpose is to inform the creation of new health governance structures and funding models in Canada that support the devolution of health services and self-determination. The paper begins by providing an overview of the factors that affect Indigenous Peoples' health and the context of Indigenous health governance in Canada. It then describes examples of health governance structures and funding models currently in place across Canada and in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. The paper concludes by synthesizing key findings and lessons learned from these examples of health governance.

 

Read the report

 

 

Supporting Indigenous self-determination in health : Lessons learned from a review of best practices in health governance in Canada and Internationally

 

 

Exploring the data landscapes of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children's early learning and child care (ELCC)

 

Drawing on Canadian and international academic and grey literature, this document aims to identify conceptual frameworks and examine indicators of Indigenous ELCC that could be useful in developing a unique framework for assessing the quality of Indigenous ELCC in the Canadian context. The identified indicators are mapped against the nine principles of the 2018 Federal Government of Canada's Indigenous ELCC framework, highlighting significant gaps in knowledge and data and areas for future research.

 

Read the report

 

 

Exploring the data landscapes of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children's early learning and child care (ELCC)

 

 

Virtual Series on First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and COVID-19

 

In early 2021, the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH) presented a four-part virtual series looking at the experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and communities with COVID-19. The series explored themes including: Indigenous governance and self-determination in planning and responding to COVID-19; socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 on the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; data collection on COVID-19 cases in First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations and communities; and innovative public health messaging on COVID-19 and Indigenous Peoples.

 

Watch on YouTube | Listen on SoundCloud

 

 

Virtual Series on First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and COVID-19

 

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.

 

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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.

 

 

Assembly of First Nations - COVID-19 Vaccines Fact Sheet

 
 

First Nations Health Authority - The facts about COVID-19 Vaccines

 
 

First Nations Health Authority - After You Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine

 

 

Representative for Children and Youth - Left Out: Children and youth with special needs in the pandemic

 
 

Native Women's Association of Canada - Safer Sex During the COVID-19 Pandemic

 
 

Canadian Mental Health Association & University of British Columbia - Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19: Wave 2

 

 

Royal Society of Canada - COVID-19 and Indigenous Health and Wellness: Our Strength is in our Stories

 
 

Northern Health - Cultural Safety and Systemic Change: An Assessment Tool

 
 

Health Canada - Preventing COVID-19 in the workplace: Employers, employees and essential service workers

 

 

Health Canada - COVID-19: Testing and reducing stigma

 
 

Inuktitut Magazine- Issue 127

 
 

First Nations Child & Family Caring Society E-news Winter 2020

 

 

Morning Star Lodge COVID-19 Fact Sheet

 
 

Cultural Survival - Indigenomics: Harnessing the Power of Our Communities

 
 

Indigenous Health (Northern Health) - Fall 2020/Winter 2021 newsletter

 

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) Blood Tribe Communications, along with DerRic Starlight's Nuppets developed a series of COVID-19 safety videos. Watch Listen to Granny - COVID Safety Outreach Campaign on YouTube.

 

2) In the fireside chat, Vaccine Hesitation & Benefits of Getting Vaccinated, Waneek Horn-Millar, Dr. Ojistoh Horn, Kahentinetha Horn, & Lenard Benoit share their perspectives on COVID-19 and the benefits of getting vaccinated.

 

3) This new documentary, Our Changing Worlds looks at how West Coast First Nations are coping with pandemic.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Read the latest NCCPH newsletter

 

Podcast Series : TB Talks Season 2 - A Community Outbreak Story

 

Produced in partnership with the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID), this 4-episode series follows the course of a 2019 TB outbreak in a small First Nations community in northern Saskatchewan. See the links below to access all 4 podcasts as well as transcripts of each episodes.

 

Listen to the podcast

 

 

TB Talks Season 2 - A Community Outbreak Story

 

 


Vaccine Hesitancy and First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations

 

In this webinar, Dr. Sarah Funnell, an Associate Medical Officer of Health with Ottawa Public Health, discusses some of the specific challenges for vaccine uptake amongst First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations, including their negative historic and contemporary experiences with mainstream healthcare systems, health care professionals, and vaccine providers in Canada. This is of particular importance within the current context of COVID-19 and the roll out of a vaccine for this disease.

 

Watch the video

 

 

Vaccine Hesitancy and First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations

 

 


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