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Webinar: Promising practices in Indigenous community health promotion

This webinar took place in English only.

The NCCDH and Health Promotion Canada (HPC) collaborated on a series of webinars to highlight several chapters of the newly released book Health Promotion in Canada 4th edition: New Perspectives on Theory, Practice, Policy, and Research. The goal was to explore how various themes in this book apply to public health action on health equity by pairing the authors’ content with practitioner perspective on application to public health practice. 

Self-determination is considered a determinant of health for Indigenous peoples and communities. Understanding the historical and sociopolitical contexts that influence Indigenous peoples’ health and wellness, including power structures and colonialism, is critical to effective public health strategies to address health equity. 

This webinar will explore what it means to be an ally at an organizational and systems level for Indigenous peoples and communities. The importance of Indigenous community engagement to the pursuit of health equity will be discussed, stressing the role that all practitioners have to play across geographies. Steps to engage with Indigenous communities in a meaningful way will be explored, including how to develop relationships where none previously existed. Examples of Indigenous community engagement strategies will also be highlighted.

Participants will learn about

  • the importance of culturally grounded and safe Indigenous public health strategies;
  • core elements to consider when developing health promotion in Indigenous communities; and
  • the value of Indigenous community-led health promotion to public health action on health equity.


Dianne Oickle
Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH
Dr. Charlotte Loppie,
Director, Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement, University of Victoria

Related resource

Health Promotion in Canada, Fourth Edition (2017)  
  • Presenters:
  • Dianne Oickle
    Dianne Oickle

    Dianne Oickle, MSc, BSc

    Knowledge Translation Specialist

    Dianne is a registered dietitian who has been with NCCDH since 2014. Prior to that, her career included 16 years of frontline practice focused mostly on reproductive and child health in rural settings with many diverse clients. As a white settler cis-gendered woman, her passion for meaningful engagement of people with lived expertise of inequities to inform public health priorities drives her motivation. Her work at NCCDH focuses on community engagement, mental health promotion, intersectoral practice, equity in environmental public health, movement building, and digital equity. Dianne earned a BSc at St. Francis Xavier University and an MSc at the University of Saskatchewan. 

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