Publications: Indigenous Health & Wellness

Indigenous Approaches to FASD Prevention: Revitalizing Culture and Healing

This booklet presents seven programs that exemplify how Indigenous communities across Canada are working to integrate culture and healing into their efforts to improve the health of women, children, and their families. Each program has thoughtfully drawn upon traditional notions of wellness, whereby culture and language, coordinating basic needs, and addressing complex challenges become a part of community-based strategies. View PDF

Indigenous Approaches to FASD Prevention: Brief Interventions with Girls and Women

BRIEF INTERVENTIONS WITH GIRLS AND WOMEN provides a brief introduction to ways of working with Indigenous girls and women to address alcohol, pregnancy, and other related concerns. It is one of five publications highlighting how FASD prevention is understood and practiced in Indigenous traditional culture. The series is a collaboration of The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, and the Canada FASD Research Network.

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Indigenous Approaches to FASD Prevention: Indigenous Mothering

INDIGENOUS MOTHERING provides a brief introduction to how FASD prevention activities can support the health and well-being of Indigenous mothers and their families. It is one of five publications highlighting how FASD prevention is understood and practiced in Indigenous traditional culture. The series is a collaboration of The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, and the Canada FASD Research Network.

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Indigenous Approaches to FASD Prevention: Reconciliation and Healing

RECONCILIATION AND HEALING provides a brief introduction to how FASD prevention activities can support reconciliation, social justice and change. It is one of five publications highlighting how FASD prevention is understood and practiced in Indigenous traditional culture.  The series is a collaboration of The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, and the Canada FASD Research Network.

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Indigenous Approaches to FASD Prevention: Wellness

WELLNESS provides a brief introduction to activities and interventions that support holistic and cultural approaches to individual and community wellness. It is one of five publications highlighting how FASD prevention is understood and practiced in Indigenous traditional culture. The series is a collaboration of The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, and the Canada FASD Research Network.

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Indigenous Approaches to FASD Prevention: Community Action

COMMUNITY ACTION provides a brief introduction to Indigenous community-led initiatives that can help to prevent FASD and includes examples from Canada and internationally. It is one of five publications highlighting how FASD prevention is understood and practiced in Indigenous traditional culture.  The series is a collaboration of The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, and the Canada FASD Research Network.

 

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Developing an Indigenous Approach to FASD

The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, and the Canada FASD Research Network convened in May 2017 to create a Consensus Statement to addressing and preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder for Indigenous Peoples. Their collaborative response details eight tenets to the enacting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

“Dialogue to Action on the Prevention of FASD” project was made possible by the financial assistance from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch.

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First Nations Women’s Healing: Moving from Hardship to Resilience

First Nations womens HealingPhotoessay -coverThis Photovoice project was an entry point to developing a deeper understanding of the experiences of women who are concerned about their health, their family, and their culture. Their images and words reflect an understanding of health and healing based on relationships – with the land, with family and friends, with community, and with culture.

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Preventing FASD Through Providing Addictions Treatment and Related Support for First Nations and Inuit Women in Canada

Preventing FASD First Nations Inuit cvrThis information sheet summarizes the findings of an exploratory study undertaken in 2008 by researchers at the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, with participation of treatment providers and health system planners responsible for programming serving First Nations and Inuit women from across Canada.

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Hearing the Perspectives of Aboriginal Girls on Smoking

Hearing Perspectives Aboriginal Girls Smoking cvr British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2009

In partnership with six Aboriginal communities in BC we recently conducted a qualitative study on smoking by Aboriginal adolescent girls. Findings shed light on how age, gender, culture and context intersect to shape Aboriginal girls’ experiences of smoking.

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No Gift: Tobacco Policy and Aboriginal People in Canada

No Gift cvr Debbie Pearce, Deborah Schwartz and Lorraine Greaves, 2008

This discussion paper examines issues related to tobacco control policy, taxation, and legislation as they affect Aboriginal women and men in British Columbia, and identifies potentially differential impacts when gender differences are taken into account. Gender was used as a lens to examine three issues critical to nature of women’s work.

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Paradoxes and Contradictions in Health Policy Reform: Implications for First Nations Women

Paradoxe and Contradictions in Health Policy Reform
Jo-Anne Fiske and Annette J.Browne, 2008

This report constitutes the second of two phases of research conducted in collaboration with a First Nation community in north central British Columbia. The research considers health care policy within the context of government-sponsored policy “reform” consultations with citizens and within everyday encounters in health services where policy is implemented.

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Reducing Harm: A Better Practices Review of Tobacco Policy and Vulnerable Populations

Reducing Harm cvr Lorraine Greaves, Joy Johnson, Joan Bottorff, Susan Kirkland, Natasha Jategaonkar, Melissa McGowan, Lucy McCullogh and Lupin Battersby, 2006

This report reviews evidence of the effectiveness of three aspects of tobacco control policy on diverse groups of males and females particularly vulnerable to smoking: Aboriginal and individuals from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

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Aboriginal Women’s Health Research: Synthesis Project Final Report

Aboriginal Health Research cvrMadeline Dion Stout, Gregory D. Kipling and Roberta Stout
Centres of Excellence for Women’s health Program Research Synthesis Group, 2001

This paper seeks to capture the cumulative knowledge and experience generated through the activities of the Centres of Excellence for Women’s Health in the area of Aboriginal women’s health, as a basis upon which to establish directions for future work in this area.

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Out in the Cold: The Context of Lesbian Health in Northern British Columbia

Out In The Cold cvrLynda Anderson, Theresa Healy, Barbara Herringer, Barbara Isaac and Ty Perry, 2001

This qualitative study investigates lesbians’ experiences of the formal health care system in northern British Columbia and illuminates the impact of the social climate of the north and its permeation into health care services.

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An Exploration of Women-Centred Care in the Context of Cervical Cancer Screening in Ethnocultural Groups

Exploration of Women-centred in the context Cervical Cancer Ethnocultural Groups- summaryJoan L. Bottorff, Lynda G. Balneaves, Lorna Sent, Suki Grewal and Annette J. Browne, 2000

Underutilization of mainstream health services has led to the development of specialized health services for women from different ethnocultural groups. These services provide an important focus for the study of women-centred care. The purpose of this study was to identify and describe critical elements of women-centred care within the context of three cervical cancer screening clinics in Vancouver serving Asian, South Asian and First Nations women. A further aim of the study was to determine factors that influenced full implementation of women-centred care within these clinics.

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First Nations Women’s Encounters with Mainstream Health Care Services & Systems

First Nations Womens Encounters with Mainstream Health Care cvrAnnette J. Browne with Jo-Anne Fiske and Geraldine Thomas
the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2000

Through First Nations women’s own descriptions of their encounters with health care, this investigation illustrates the social, economic and political forces at work influencing the lives of First Nations women in relation to dominant political systems.

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