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Issue #155
October, 2022

Study: Unmet health care needs during the pandemic and resulting impacts among First Nations people living off reserve, Métis, and Inuit, March 2020 to May 2021

Source: Statistics Canada

Summary: Released: 2022-08-30

The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant social, economic and health impacts on Indigenous People. Little is known about access to health care services during the pandemic and the potential effects of unmet health care needs among First Nations people living off reserve, Métis, and Inuit.

A new study released data from the Survey on Access to Health Care and Pharmaceuticals during the Pandemic, collected between March 8 and May 15, 2021, to explore the prevalence of various chronic conditions, and health care services that were needed and not received, among First Nations People living off reserve, Métis, and Inuit in the provinces. The study also explores experiences of discrimination and related barriers to access of health services and the reported health impact of service delays and disruptions on these populations.

Étude : Les besoins en soins de santé insatisfaits pendant la pandémie et leurs répercussions sur les Premières Nations vivant hors réserve, les Métis et les Inuits, Mars 2020 à mai 2021

Source: Statistique Canada

Résumé: Diffusion : 2022-08-30

La pandémie de COVID-19 a eu d’importantes répercussions sociales, économiques et sanitaires sur les Autochtones. Cependant, on en sait peu à propos des répercussions de la pandémie sur l’accès aux services de soins de santé et sur les effets potentiels des besoins en soins de santé insatisfaits parmi les membres des Premières Nations vivant hors réserve, les Métis, et les Inuits.

Une nouvelle étude publiée s’appuie sur les données de l’Enquête sur l’accès aux soins de santé et aux produits pharmaceutiques durant la pandémie, recueillies du 8 mars au 15 mai 2021, pour explorer la prévalence de diverses maladies chroniques et les services de soins de santé qui étaient nécessaires, mais qui n’ont pas été reçus, parmi les membres des Premières Nations vivant hors réserve, les Métis, et les Inuits dans les provinces. L’étude traite également des expériences de discrimination et des obstacles connexes à l’accès aux services de santé, et de l’impact sur la santé qu’ont les retards et les interruptions de ces services sur ces groupes de population.

Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

Source: University of British Columbia

Summary: The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC) at UBC addresses the colonial legacy of residential schools and other policies imposed by the Canadian government on Indigenous Peoples, and ensures that this history is acknowledged, examined, and understood within the UBC community. The Centre works with partners across disciplines, at UBC and beyond, to facilitate dialogues and access to records and information that support engaging the legacies of the residential school system and the on-going impacts of colonialism in Canada. This work supports teaching and learning at UBC, and the work of UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan, by supporting Indigenous Peoples’ self-determination and working in partnership with partners and communities. The Centre is quickly establishing itself as a leading institution for culturally informed, reciprocal, community-led research, education and dialogues in partnership with Indigenous communities, Survivors and UBC. As a Survivor-centred, trauma-informed space, the Centre works in service to Indigenous communities and peoples of Canada. 

The Indigenous Student Success Strategy Activity Book

Source: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Focus:   Elementary/Secondary students

Summary: The Indigenous Student Success Strategy was developed to provide all Indigenous students with a student experience that incorporates Indigenous ways of learning and knowing into every aspect of your education. Our services include:

 • A summer transition program.

 • Access to Indigenous students’ centres.

 • Indigenous student advisors.

 • Financial support through a number of scholarships and bursaries.

We also employ an Indigenous community liaison to raise awareness about Sask Polytech in Indigenous communities, both urban and rural.

A Toolkit for Raising the Attendance Rates of First Nations Students in BC – Draft (2020)

Source: FSNA BC

Focus: Secondary students

Summary: A Toolkit for Raising the Attendance Rates of First Nations Students in BC – Draft (2020) is intended to help First Nations and First Nations schools consider issues related to student attendance at school, including why attendance is an important issue, some of the reasons why students might not be in school, and what can be done to help.

The information will ideally be of interest to people who work with First Nations students who are enrolled in a variety of education settings – public schools, First Nations schools, First Nations adult education centres, and independent schools. It is hoped that the information will be helpful to school staff, community members who support students, First Nations Parents Clubs, and any other people who support First Nations students. 

Weaving Ways: Indigenous Ways Of Knowing In Classrooms And Schools

Source: Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia

Summary: WEAVING WAYS is intended to be a complimentary guide for educators who are deepening their foundational knowledge and educational approaches to foster reconciliation.

Weaving Ways is structured with four interrelated quadrants which teachers can utilize to organize their thinking and approaches. The structure supports teachers in designing meaningful teaching and learning opportunities that weave together Indigenous ways of knowing with Western pedagogical practices for the benefit of all students and our collective journey towards reconciliation.

The four quadrants are interconnected and encourage teachers to consider how Indigenous knowledge systems can support a rich experience for students in their classrooms.

How Residential Schools led to Intergenerational Trauma in the Canadian Indigenous Population to Influence Parenting Styles and Family Structures over Generations

Source: Canadian Journal of Family and Youth Vol. 12 No. 2 (2020): Special Issue

Summary: This paper intends to address current trauma among the Indigenous Canadian population due to the assimilationist goals of residential schools that influence parenting styles and the family structure. Other areas covered in this paper include parenting issues that the Indigenous community encounters every day. Additionally, social problems are examined in terms of intergenerational trauma and discussed further in terms of their influence and effect on the family structure of Indigenous communities in Canada. For example, education, health inequalities, and intimate partner violence are discussed. These issues are interrelated because of the detrimental and marginalized effect that residential schools have on survivors and generations to follow. Possible solutions to terminating family issues in the Indigenous community are by implementing specific methods that reflect the Indigenous way of life.

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