NAHO News, March 2011
Acualités d'ONSA, mars 2011


NAHO Promotes Inuit Specific Suicide Prevention Resources

The National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) and the Honouring Life Network (HLN) recognized the need to develop Inuit specific suicide prevention resources.

To view the suicide prevention resource centre, visit:

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Cancer Awareness Toolkit

Our Cancer Awareness Toolkit contains nine sections covering cancer, detection, prevention, navigating the health system, information for caregivers and more.


Health Governance Models e-Workbook

This workbook is intended for First Nations communities, on‐reserve and off, and in rural and urban settings.


Disease Prevention e-Workbook

It is best to think about the flu before you become sick and to practice means of prevention rather than waiting until you get sick to act.


Substance Abuse and Inuit: Promising Programs and Initiatives in Inuit Communities

Efforts are being made, which include addictions counselling services, self-help groups, sports and recreation activities, cultural programs, and treatment centres, to help individuals, families and communities deal with substance abuse.

Inuit Tuttarvingat, working with consultant Leesie Naqitarvik, selected several alcohol and drug-related programs to provide information for Inuit who are challenged by addictions. Aboriginal perspectives were incorporated into these programs.

Leesie Naqitarvik interviewed staff and program managers by phone and e-mail, asking about the services they provide, the programs’ accomplishments and strengths, barriers they have faced, and advice they can offer to others working in addictions counselling. The interviews highlighted the positive impact the alcohol and drug-related programs are having on the well-being of Inuit.

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The Métis Centre of NAHO will be presenting at Fostering Biimaadiziwin

The Métis Centre of NAHO will be presenting at Fostering Biimaadiziwin: National Research Conference on Urban Aboriginal Peoples on February 23-24 in Toronto.  

Presentation topics include Métis youth identity, maternal-child health and well-being, Métis research ethics, and the Métis Centre’s health literature and statistical databases.

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Don't Wait! Vaccinate!

Health Canada offers vaccination information and resources for First Nations and Inuit parents and caregivers.

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The Honouring Life Network visits Manitoba

On March 7th the HLN will be travelling to Manitoba to attend  a monthly suicide prevention strategy planning meeting in Portage la Prairie, and to visit 4 Northern Manitoba communities in the following days to increase awareness of the HLN and promote suicide prevention within the community.

Two amazing short documentaries:

Thanks to a Healthy and Vibrant Communities grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, we were able to create two documentaries focusing on positive Aboriginal youth programming that is being offered across our country.

Bimaadiziwin translated from Ojibway to mean “Living in a Good Way”, highlights the efforts of Walpole Island First Nation and the Bkejwanong Youth Facility.

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Songedamowin an Algonquin word meaning “Trust” or “To Trust”, focuses on the Wabano Health Centre, located in the urban centre of our nation's capital, Ottawa.

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Nominate Your Role Model Today and win an iPod!

Is there an Aboriginal youth that you look up to because they’re a leader, a volunteer, preserves their culture, or excels in school or in sports? 

Nominate them as a National Aboriginal Role Model today.

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