Understanding the Interplay between Culture & Care: Building Capacity to Care for Aboriginal Children and Youth

Last modified by Ann Watkins on 2016/07/27 21:41

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Aboriginal Children are the fastest growing cohort of children in Canada, yet their chances of achieving their optimal developmental outcomes are compromised by the lingering effect of a tragic past experienced by some of their ancestors, combined with current health care inequities. There is a unique initiative developed out of clinical questions about how to best generate and disseminate knowledge related to improving the wellbeing of Aboriginal children and youth.

Dr. Margot Latimer and John R. Sylliboy will join us to discuss the details of the Aboriginal Children’s Hurt & Healing Initiative (ACHH) and how the ACHH’s objectives are identifying important pain related health inequities that could be further impairing children’s wellbeing. The details related to how the ACHH is addressing the Truth and Reconciliation ‘Calls to Action’ in the area of health will be shared as well as related history, geography and health context of Aboriginal children and youth in Canada and beyond.

We will also be joined by Dr. Roberta Woodgate to share findings from a CIHR funded study that sought to arrive at an increased understanding of the disability trajectory from the perspectives of First Nations families of children with disabilities. The findings from the study lend support for further improvements that may enrich the lives of these families.


Click here to download Dr. Woodgate's presentation slides.


Margot Latimer RN, PhD

Dr. Margot Latimer is an Associate Professor in the Dalhousie University School of Nursing, and is cross-appointed in the Department of Pain and Anesthesia, Dalhousie University. She holds a scientific appointment at the IWK Health Centre and is faculty in the IWK Centre for Pediatric Pain Research. She works closely with community to mobilize Indigenous knowledge and co-leads the CIHR funded, Two-Eyed Seeing research “Aboriginal Children’s Hurt and Healing” Initiative with Eskasoni Health Director, Sharon Rudderham.


John, R. Sylliboy, BA

John R. Sylliboy is a member of the Millbrook First Nation and is the Aboriginal Children’s Hurt & Healing Initiative (ACHH) National Research Coordinator. He has extensive experience as a health policy analyst for First Nation communities and is research lead on several projects that impact the health, wellbeing and educational pursuit of Aboriginal youth. John is completing his Masters in Education at Mount Saint Vincent University.  


Dr. Roberta L. Woodgate

Dr. Woodgate is a Professor at the University of Manitoba in the College of Nursing. She also has an appointment in the Max Rady College of Medicine for The Department of Pediatrics and Child Health (University of Manitoba) and is a research scientist with the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. She holds a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Chair (CIHR) in Reproductive and Child Health Services and Policy Research. Her research program, IN•GAUGE, embraces a dynamic approach to: involve children, youth and families; interact with researchers and knowledge users in the research, intervention and evaluation process; and be innovative in the use and exchange of knowledge with the combined goal of improving health care/access to care and quality of life for children and youth. She works with diverse populations, empowering them to have a more active role in their health and the services affecting them, and utilize diverse and innovative research methodologies including arts-based methods.

Roberta’s Link: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/nursing/research/woodgate_chair.html

Created by Ann Watkins on 2016/05/30 22:15