An opportunity for healthcare providers to strengthen their cultural competence and enhance their ability to establish culturally safe, respectful environments. [from Course Catalogue Registration System website]
Based on Island Health’s Aboriginal Health Plan, 2012-2015. Island Health employees play a key role in implementing the Aboriginal Health Plan and enhancing Aboriginal people’s access to services, which in turn will improve health outcomes for Aboriginal people.
This online course (for VIHA staff) is: Intended to improve health outcomes for present and future generations of Aboriginal people living on Vancouver Island and the communities served by Island Health.
Downloaded from VIHA website (PDF). Also available free on the Web.
Includes map showing locations of First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities and Island Friendship Centres on Vancouver Island.
The overall goal of Island Health’s Aboriginal Health Strategic Plan 2017-2021 is to improve health services and outcomes for Aboriginal peoples in our service area. The purpose of this document is to articulate a strategic vision and set of objectives that will be pursued in collaboration with Aboriginal partners. This plan aligns with and supports our commitments to Aboriginal partners, as well as the strategic priorities of the BC Ministry of Health. [from page 13]
The story of 6 Aboriginal women and their families who share their experiences with grief and loss during pregnancy and perinatal depression. "Teddy bears to tears" portrays the mental and emotional struggles of families who have gone from the joy of pregnancy to the pain of loss as a result of miscarriage or stillbirth. Through their stories, they share that women who are experiencing grief and loss are not alone. "Teardrops to angels" depicts the loneliness and isolation experienced in perinatal and postpartum depression. [from back cover]
Documentary featuring Aboriginal people recovering from depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia—and related issues such as anxiety, suicide, trauma, and substance use. The DVD honours Aboriginal people sharing their personal experiences with mental illnesses and recovery. The partners involved in this project included Fraser Health Authority’s Aboriginal Services, Mission Mental Health, Mission Indian Friendship Centre Society, Stó:lo Nation Health Support Services, and Bear Image Productions. Fraser Health was the primary funder with the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information providing funding for steering and promotional support. Staff from the Canadian Mental Health Association’s BC Division provided input on the BC Partners’ behalf. [from back cover]
Access to health services is widely acknowledged as a determinant of health. This fact sheet explores how accessibility, availability and acceptability of health services impact the health and health outcomes of Indigenous peoples across Canada. Although Canada boasts a universal health care system that is widely considered to be among the best in the world, Indigenous peoples continue to experience barriers to accessing health care. The fact sheet will examine some of the complexities that influence Indigenous peoples’ experiences and encounters with the health system including colonialism, geography, health systems, health human resources, jurisdictional issues, communications, cultural safety, and traditional medicines. In order to address the ongoing health disparities experienced by Indigenous peoples, the fact sheet concludes by providing strategies and innovations for improving their access to health services.
On January 22, 1979, an 11-yr-old Native girl died of a ruptured appendix in an Alert Bay, B.C. hospital. The events that followed are chronicled here by Dara Culhane Speck, a member by marriage of the Nimpkish Indian Band in Alert Bay. She has relied mainly on interviews, anecdotes and public records to describe how this small, isolated Native community took on the local hospital, the [BC] College of Physicians and Surgeons, provincial and federal ministries of health and national media, because their private tragedy held implications that reached far beyond one child, one physician, one town and even one century. [from back cover]
The Around the kitchen model aims to empower Aboriginal women. This model shares how women can bring this model to their community to bring awareness of the risk factors to HIV/AIDS, share what HIV/AIDS is and how we can prevent the virus from spreading to our communities. [from back cover of DVD}