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Reflections of a Black woman on racism, Indigeneity and Otherness in Canada

This blog post is part of a series on an anti-racism initiative at the NCCDH. The post is a personal reflection authored by an NCCDH staff member and is focused on her experiences of racism as a Black woman, intersections between settler colonialism and colonialism experienced elsewhere and reflections on relationships with Indigeneity.

Indigenous cultural safety: Necessary for Indigenous health

In this blog post, I unpack some of the concepts discussed in a recent NCCDH-hosted webinar on Indigenous health promotion, tying them to ideas brought up in a workshop on Indigenous cultural safety at TOPHC 2018. I am a White settler who lives and works in Waterloo, Ontario, on the Haldimand Tract, the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabeg and Haudenosauonee peoples.

Plenary from Public Health 2017: Racism in Society

One way that public health organizations can help dismantle racism is by facilitating conversations about how racial inequity plays out in social, scientific and legislative arenas. It is with this aim that I moderated the closing plenary session at the annual pan-Canadian public health gathering, Public Health 2017, in Halifax, NS, located in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.

First Nations Taking Action on the SDH: Reflections from CPHA 2017

When I attended the Public Health 2017 conference this past summer in Halifax, NS, (in Mi’kmaki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People), there were multiple resources from the First Nations Health Directors Association (FNHDA) of British Columbia that I found very interesting. One of the other resources the FNHDA shared also caught my attention: the Social Determinants of Health Discussion Guide, created by the First Nations Health Council (FNHC) in BC.

Symposium: Decolonizing our relationships through lateral kindness

At a symposium held at the Public Health 2017 conference, we learned about the concept of lateral kindness — a deliberate attempt by Indigenous communities to counter the lateral violence experienced as a result of colonization in Canada.

Indigenous KT and ways of knowing — what do they mean for public health?

Indigenous knowledge translation (KT) is a concept of central importance in public health practice. The recent annual conference of the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) highlighted many sessions reinforcing that the application, processes, outcomes, assumptions and integrity of research can all be strengthened by thinking about KT from an Indigenous perspective.

Ways of Knowing

One of the central conversations throughout the gathering “Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples” was about different ways of knowing and how this is critical to doing research and knowledge translation that is meaningful to the Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Inuit, Metis) of Canada.

NCCDH participates in prenatal environmental health forum

The NCCDH was very pleased to be invited to participate in the Prenatal Environmental Health Education (PEHE) forum on November 20-21, 2014 in Ottawa, ON. The forum was a two day event that brought together researchers, practitioners, and organizations interested in the impact of exposure to environmental health contaminants on pregnant women and their babies.

Recent health equity developments in Manitoba

With contributions from Karen Serwonka, Caroline Krebs, Sande Harlos, and Lissa Donner. Now available: Executive summary and full report of the June 2013 health equity forum A knowledge translation forum on health equity and social determinants of health.

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