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Acknowledgement of Territory

We would like to acknowledge the traditional territories of the Mississauga of the New Credit First Nation, Anishnawbe, Wendat, Huron, and Haudenosaunee Indigenous Peoples on which the Dalla Lana School of Public Health now stands.

The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We would also like to pay our respects to all our ancestors and to our present Elders.

MPH-Indigenous Health Applications: 

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*Application Deadline is Monday, January 18, 2021


Event Calendar:

November 2020

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Land-based Activity Day

11 am to 3 pm

Elder-in-Residence Clayton Shirt

Hart House Farm

Participants must register in advance by emailing WBIIH cultural coordinator: Robert.loft@utoronto.ca

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International Journal of Indigenous Health  Publication: Vol 15, Issue 1

See publication HERE

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Land-based Activity Day

(Cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions)

11 am to 3 pm

Elder-in-Residence Clayton Shirt

Hart House Farm

Participants must register in advance by emailing WBIIH cultural coordinator: Robert.loft@utoronto.ca

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Ontario NEIHR Webinar Series

4 pm to 5 pm

Urban Indigenous mental health during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Where research, practice, and respectful relationships meet

Dr. Suzanne Stewart

Register: HERE

DLSPH Info: HERE

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WBIIH Speaker Webinar Series

2 pm to 3 pm

Food: Revitalization, Reclamation and Reconciliation

Indigenous Registered Dietician Kelly Gordon

Register: HERE

DLSPH Info: HERE

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Indigenous Medicine Garden Closing Ceremony with WBIIH Elder-in-Residence Clayton Shirt

(Cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions)

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

155 College St. Toronto ON

Participants must register in advance by emailing WBIIH cultural coordinator: Robert.loft@utoronto.ca

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December 2020

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Indigenizing Health Symposium:ON NEIHR Indigenous Knowledge Virtual Xchange

3 pm to 5 pm

Register: HERE

DLSPH Info: HERE

Indigenizing Health Symposium:ON NEIHR Indigenous Knowledge Virtual Xchange

3 pm to 5 pm

Register: HERE

DLSPH Info: HERE

 

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Ontario NEIHR Webinar Series

11 am to 12 pm

Traditional Building Structures & Land-Based Education

Dr. Angela Mashford-Pringle

Register: HERE

DLSPH Info: HERE

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Land-based Activity Day

(Cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions)

11 am to 3 pm

Elder-in-Residence Clayton Shirt

Hart House Farm

Participants must register in advance by emailing WBIIH cultural coordinator: Robert.loft@utoronto.ca

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January 2021

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MPH: Indigenous Health classes resume

DLSPH Info: HERE

 

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Ontario NEIHR Webinar Series

4 pm to 5 pm

Spirit Injuries: Indigenous Perspectives of Mental Health

Dr. Lynn Lavallee

Register: HERE

DLSPH Info: TBA

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WBIIH Speaker Webinar Series

4 pm to 5 pm

Title: Healing Medicine: (Re) Discovering Ceremony at the End of Life

Dr. Michael Anderson

Mr. Leonard Benoit

Register: HERE

DLSPH Info: TBA

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February 2021

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WBIIH Speaker Webinar Series

4 pm to 5 pm

Title: The Sixties Scoop: 40 Years of Activism and Lessons Learned

Mr. Kenn Richard, Director of Indigenous Spirit Fund

Register: HERE

DLSPH Info: HERE

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Climate change and Indigenous health/water justice

4 pm to 6 pm

Dr. Kelsey Leonard

Register: TBA

DLSPH Info: TBA

 

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March 2021

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Ontario NEIHR Webinar Series

1 pm to 2 pm

Integrating Somatic-Based Therapies and the Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS) into Clinical Practice

Dr. Holly Graham

Register: HERE

DLSPH Info: HERE

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COVID-19

October 15th, 2020

COVID-19 Context

Indigenous peoples are already highly marginalized within health and social services;

COVID-19 will thus have a greater impact on these populations in these and other ways:

  • Economic impact of COVID-19 is deepening—most Indigenous peoples live in poverty.
  • Physical distancing—how does this work with Indigenous homeless or overcrowding in Indigenous homes?
  • Self-isolation—lack of housing, temporary lodging, and overcrowding are Indigenous social issues.
  • Health care—quality and access are already the major issues for Indigenous peoples.
  • Existing health burden–-high existing burden of chronic disease, obesity, and commercial tobacco increase the risk of serious COVID-19 infections for Indigenous populations
  • Water—some Indigenous reserves lack clean and accessible drinking water, and this can complicate hand washing and sanitizing of the self, home, and environment
  • Travel—some Indigenous communities are isolated thus travel is a barrier for treatment, health care providers, and supplies. Travel is also an issue in cities, as due to poverty most Indigenous people do not have their own private vehicles and are reliant on public transit, which puts them at risk of infection.
  • Precarious employment—this is a greater issue for all Indigenous populations.
  • Mental health implications— Residential school trauma, feelings of isolation, abandonment, and exclusion are exacerbated due to the COVID-19 pandemic and can have long-lasting impacts on the holistic health of Indigenous peoples. (See ON-NEIHR webinars: Here)
  • Cultural-relevancy in messaging— Limited messaging exists that is culturally-safe and relevant to communities regarding caring for a loved one with the COVID-19 virus, funeral services, and contact tracing (Please see Morning Star Lodge COVID-19 Fact Sheet for more information: https://www.indigenoushealthlab.com/protecting-our-home-fires)
  • Cultural-relevancy in messaging— Limited messaging exists that is culturally-safe and relevant to communities regarding caring for a loved one with the COVID-19 virus, funeral services, and contact tracing.
  • Gender-based violence— Mandated stay-at-home orders elevate the risk of violent acts towards Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA peoples.
  • Indigenous children/youth— Stress and anxiety among children and youth due to the uncertainty of the pandemic are intensified. The COVID-19 pandemic is also having consequential impacts on the safety and wellness of Indigenous children/youth in the care of child welfare.

COVID-19 Current Issues

  • The COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Canada prioritizes Indigenous peoples. As of February 5th 2021, Indigenous Services Canada is reporting 344 First Nations and Inuit communities have vaccinations underway.
  • Ongoing colonial and racist experiences with Western-based healthcare systems in Canada diminish the confidence First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples have in the COVID-19 vaccine. Thus, while the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues in Indigenous communities across Canada, culturally-safe and trauma-informed efforts are necessary to ensure trust in the vaccine and community uptake.
  • All Indigenous populations are more vulnerable to COVID-19 community spreading.
  • Urban Indigenous peoples continue to be ignored by government and health care responses.
  • With a second wave of the COVID-19 virus expected over the Fall/Winter of 2020, Indigenous communities are still not getting clear or direct messaging from governments and local public health units.
  • Much misinformation is being circulated in Indigenous communities.
  • Indigenous Healers/Elders are not being consulted by government or biomedical systems.
  • A lack of technological infrastructure in Indigenous communities has decreased the accessibility of remote services, such as online mental health care.
  • Government is continuing to impose colonial models of health care and public health on both reserves and Indigenous urban settings, i.e., drop in doctors, nurses, mental health workers, biomedical only services.
  • Deficit-based understandings of the impacts of COVID-19 within Indigenous communities predominate the ways in which governments and public health units are interacting with Indigenous peoples, as seen through the continued imposition of Western health responses within Indigenous communities. COVID-19 preparedness and response mechanisms that are community and strengths-based must be at the forefront to curtail the spread of the virus and mitigate the cultural, social, and economic effects of the pandemic.
  • WBIIH/U of T (Suzanne Stewart) and Well Living House/St. Michael’s Hospital (Janet Smylie) are developing: Urban Indigenous Response to COVID-19 to be rolled out ASAP.
  • WBIIH/U of T (Dr. Suzanne Stewart) is working with Toronto-based Indigenous organizations, such as the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto and Anishnawbe Health Toronto, with the development and realization of urban-Indigenous responses to COVID-19.

The Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health believes partnerships are the key to parity in Indigenous and non-Indigenous health: partnerships with Indigenous peoples, leaders and organizations; with educational, public health and cultural institutions; and with all levels of government.

Through partnerships built on respect, inclusion and trust, together we are laying the foundation for a sustainable future of wellness in Indigenous peoples — one policy, one community and one person at a time.

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