Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week

Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week
November 30 -December 5, 2015,
Launches on December 1st in Calgary, AB.

Leaders unite across Canada with community-based approaches to HIV and AIDS

AAAW-2015-poster-draft-2-4The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network proudly announces national Aboriginal leadership and their supporters will gather in Calgary, AB on December 1, 2015 to launch Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2015. It will be accompanied by workshops across the country (Ottawa, Regina, Montreal, Winnipeg, Halifax, and Inuvik) to continue discussions on Aboriginal HIV and AIDS issues in Canada on November 30, December 2 – 5, 2015. (READ MORE)

Download AAAW Activity Guide (pdf)

More posters available here.

Dr. Darlene Kitty featured on SRC TV program Hippocrate

dr-kittyChisasibi’s Dr. Darlene Kitty, President of the Council of Physicians, Pharmacists and Dentists and member of the Board of Directors of the CBHSSJB, was the subject of a TV program that aired on national TV in November 2012. The program makes it clear why Dr. Kitty is a local hero to her patients and colleagues at the Chisasibi Regional Hospital. (read more)

Hippocrate #6 – ENGLISH VERSION from Tortuga Films on Vimeo.

Filmed in 2012, this film by Tortuga Films aired on the Société Radio-Canada TV show Hippocrate in November 2012.

VIDEO: Burdz n da Beez

Burdz n da Beez is a film developed by and for First Nations youth on puberty, human sexuality, sexual orientation, bullying, and First Nations teachings. This film is meant to educate First Nations youth about these sensitive topics in a humorous, touching and informative way.

Created by The Union of Ontario Indians Anishinabek.ca HIV/AIDS Program

Nanurluk: A Traditional Inuit Story by Jose Angutinnguriq (free download)


Nanurluk, the giant polar bear, is known as a helping spirit. This story therefore serves as a reminder of reconciliation, where the collective efforts of people go a long way to revitalizing relationships among Inuit throughout Nunavut, between Inuit and Canadian society as a whole.Read More.

Source: Society for Building a Healtheir Kugluktuk

Also See: Wellness Manuals

  • Environment for a Healthy Lifestyle
  • Child Rearing Manual
  • Teamwork and Job Involvement Training
  • The Iceberg Healing Manual

Canada’s Aboriginal Communities and Suicide: Called to Listen, Called to Understand

Screenshot: Canada's Aboriginal Communities and Suicide

Screenshot: Canada’s Aboriginal Communities and Suicide

By Robert Olson, Librarian, BA, MLIS

Source: SuicideInfo.ca

The reasons that any individual dies by suicide are multiple and complex. There are a host of psychological and biological factors that may influence someone to take his or her own life. Typically, there are many social and cultural factors that contribute to death by suicide as well (Lenaars, 2006). These particular complexities can be especially apparent in some Aboriginal communities.
Historical aspects that continue to affect Native Canadians socially and culturally to this day make suicide prevention efforts a continuing struggle. [read Full Article – PDF]

Tookits Available at http://suicideinfo.ca

First Nations Metis Inuit Suicide Prevention ToolkitSuicide Prevention Resource Toolkit

Elder Jan Longboat Shares Teachings about food

Jan welcomes us into Dotah’s House where the door is always open to listen, learn, heal, and laugh. Jan shares teachings about our relationship to the sustenance of the earth, Indigenous slow foods, and her on-going cultivation of Indigenous seeds, medicines, and food. Jan shares the ancient story of the Three Sisters: corn, beans, and squash and how they grew to support one another providing optimal growing conditions and maintaining the health of Indigenous communities across Turtle Island.

Jan Kahehti:io Longboat

Mohawk Elder Jan Longboat is a member of the Turtle Clan of Six Nations of the Grand River. Jan is a traditional herbalist, healer and Elder that works within a wholistic concept of healing. Owner of Earth Healing Herb Gardens & Retreat Centre, Jan runs Dotah’s House, monthly workshops which invite community members to listen, hear, laugh, and heal with the the Dotah’s (Elders).

Traditional Food Fact Sheets

Traditional Harvesting, Traditional Food Use, Nutritional Messages

  • Salmon
  • Eulachon
  • Herring
  • Moose
  • Deer
  • Small Mammals:Rabbit / Hare, Ground Squirrel, Beaver
  • Seaweed
  • Roots
  • Birds: Grouse, Ptarmigan, Ducks
  • Berries
  • Seafood General: Crab, Scallops, Shrimp, Abalone, Sea cucumber, Octopus, Clams, Prawns
  • Bivalves: Clams, Mussels, Oysters
Traditional Food Fact Sheets

Traditional Food Fact Sheets

This resource was developed by the First Nations Health Council.

Manual: A Child Becomes Strong: Journeying Through Each Stage of the Life Cycle

Source: Best Start Resource Centre (2010). A Child Becomes Strong: Journeying Through Each Stage of the Life Cycle. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Brief Overview: This manual is based on the life cycle teachings and broken down into each stage of life. The developmental stages of life reflect a wholistic perspective of family wellness.

Who should use this manual?
• Counsellors
• Doctors
• Early childhood educators
• Midwives
• Nurses
• Program managers
• Teachers
And anyone who has a role in supporting healthy child development in First Nations children.

54 pages | 4.62MB

Find more Aboriginal Health and Early Childhood resources at Best Start. Visit their website.