Tuesday, November 24, 2009

NAHO announces the pre-release the Journal of Aboriginal Health Special Editions of First Nations Communities in Crisis

OTTAWA, ON—The National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) is pleased to announce that the Journal of Aboriginal Health (JAH) special editions of First Nations Communities in Crisis will be pre-released at the 2009 National Conference Our People, Our Health.

On Thursday November 26, 2009 from 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. during Day 3 - Plenary Session, conference participants will receive the first print run copies - hot off the press! Additional copies will not be available until the New Year, so you must be in attendance to receive your copy.

“NAHO is a leader in First Nations, Inuit and Métis health research, awareness and public education in Canada,” says Dr. Paulette C. Tremblay, CEO of NAHO. “The pre-release of the Journal of Aboriginal Health special editions of First Nations Communities in Crisis will allow delegates to explore recent innovations and existing or emerging trends in health and healing research to make possible an informed dialogue to support positive change.”

Work was done collaboratively with the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada to produce these issues.

The research identifies some key principles that will help guide policy to support First Nations communities in crisis, such as community-centred and holistic approaches that build resilience and support community strengths.

Al Garman along with some of the journal authors, Dr. Laurence Kirmayer, Dr. Kiera Ladner, Simon Brascoupé, and Amy Bombay will present their findings and answer questions during the

November 26, 2009 Plenary Session.

With the support of the First Nation and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) of Health Canada, the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) commissioned this series of multi-disciplinary research papers that explore various dimensions to better understand what contributes to crisis situations in First Nations communities and how best to address them.

This special edition consists of three issues of the Journal of Aboriginal Health and features eleven peer-reviewed articles on key themes related to First Nation Communities in Crisis.
Highlights of the Journal include articles on key themes including:

  • Justice and Security

  • Culture and Language

  • Intergenerational Trauma

  • Traditional Health and Healing

  • Cultural Safety

  • Self Determination

  • Colonialism and State Dependency

  • Resilience

  • Traumatic Stress

  • Social Capital

The series of papers were developed to add to the knowledge-base on First Nations communities at risk and in crisis. The intent is to identify strategies that could address the key drivers of risk and crisis in First Nations communities in order to strengthen the capacity of the communities to resist the stressors that could push them from risk to crisis.

Plain language summaries (four to six pages in length) of the papers are available and are accessible to government departments, policy-makers, researchers, scholars, and community members.