• First Nations Health Forum
Mar 10, 2015

First Nations Health Forum

A positive and friendly atmosphere

 

Under the theme “Take Action Today, for a Healthy Future”, the First Nations Health Forum was held in Quebec City from February 24 to 26.

This event, bringing together representatives from various First Nations communities and organizations working in the health and social services sector, aimed at providing a space to exchange and reflect on issues related to First Nations’ health.

Over the Forum’s three days, the nearly 100 people who gathered learned more about First Nations’ health and reflected on concrete actions to bring to the heart of their priorities in their respective work.

The first day began with a very interesting lecture by Dr. Margo Greenwood, Cree Academic Leader at the
National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health and Professor at the University of Northern British Columbia, on the social determinants of health, followed by different blocks of workshops offered to participants according to their interest: mental health, telehealth, poverty and social exclusion, healthy environments, healthy living, well-treatment of elders, etc.

On the second day, participants were treated to two very interesting lectures. The first, given by an expert from the National School of Public Administration, Mr. Hugo Roy, focused on the challenges of public health ethics, and the second, presented by Dr. Samuel Harper, concerned fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

Some very diverse workshops, combining prevention of violence to art in the service of healing, through lessons learned from the self-assessment process of the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach, also captured participants.

The FNQLHSSC took the opportunity to award a diploma to Jennifer Presseault, Angela Rogers, Louise Niquay and Tina Chevrier for having brilliantly completed the diabetic retinopathy screening training offered by Ms. Louise Tanguay and Ms. Isabelle Cornet, from the FNQLHSSC. These four nurses and technicians/instructors can now provide training to other nurses and technicians. This is a great way to transfer expertise to First Nations.

The afternoon was devoted to the presentation of projects carried out as part of the Health Services Integration Fund (HSIF), great initiatives from which we can certainly learn from. The collection of projects can be found here (link).

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The Forum’s report will be available soon.