National Indigenous People’s Day

Monday, June 17, 2024 — 11:30am to 2:00pm
6/17/2024 11:30 am America/Edmonton 6/17/2024 2:00 pm National Indigenous People’s Day Please join WCHRI and the Department of Pediatrics for National Indigenous People's Day event with a presentation from Grant Bruno, Nehiyaw PhD candidate and member of Samson Cree Nation, titled "Awâsisak Miyo Macihowin: An Exploration on How to Support Indigenous Families and Communities for Healthier Children". ECHA room TBD

Indigenous children in Canada experience a multitude of health disparities as a result of historical and ongoing colonial policies and legislation such as the Indian Act of 1876. It is crucial to acknowledge the historical origins of these health disparities and identify opportunities to effectively enhance the health of Indigenous children. Socioeconomic factors, such as poverty, historical injustices like residential schools, and ongoing discrimination all have a negative impact on health outcomes. Enhancing the health outcomes requires a multifaceted approach. One of the aspects under consideration is the cultural connection, which is deemed a significant protective factor. In this session, we will delve into the factors contributing to adverse health outcomes among children, particularly in Indigenous communities, and propose potential solutions to provide support for these communities and families.

Our speaker:

Grant Bruno Nehiyaw (Plains Cree) from and a registered member of Samson Cree Nation, one of the reserves that makes up Maskwacis, Alberta. He is a PhD candidate in Medical Sciences in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta, and a father to autistic children. His PhD research explores autism in First Nations communities through a Nehiyaw lens and is exploring ways to develop culturally informed services and supports in the community. Grant currently chairs the Indigenous Relations Circle for the Autism Society of Alberta. He also holds a Data to Policy Fellowship through the Autism Alliance of Canada and is the Indigenous Scholar for the Empowering the Next-Generation Researchers in Perinatal and Child Health (ENRICH) Program. Grant is currently the lead for the Ispimihk Awasisak program which is an Indigenous children’s health initiative through the Women and Children’s Research Institute (WCHRI).

Date: June 17
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: ECHA 2-140

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