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Webinar: Promising practices in Indigenous community health promotion

This webinar took place in English. Click here to access the recording (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)  


Click here to access the recording here (in English only).

  • Presenters:
  • Dr. Charlotte Loppie, 
  • Dianne Oickle
    Dianne Oickle

    Dianne Oickle, MSc, BSc

    Knowledge Translation Specialist

    Dianne is a dietitian with over 15 years’ experience working in public health in Ontario focused on reproductive and child health in a mostly rural setting with many diverse clients. Part of her work involved development of practice guidelines for health professionals, train-the-trainer initiatives, public presentations, educational resource development, working with the media, community coalition and network support, writing for the public and professionals, and program planning, implementation, and evaluation. She has taught university nutrition courses, worked with the provincial network supporting and advocating for dietitians in public health practice, and precepted over 20 dietetics and other students. Dianne earned her BSc in Nutrition and Consumer Studies (now Human Nutrition) at St. Francis Xavier University, and her MSc in Nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan.

    [email protected]

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