Indigenous Peoples
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Education and Social Services

2 open discussions • Led by Danielle Harris & Dawn Lavell Harvard


Indigenous communities in Canada face tremendous obstacles in accessing educational and other social services. The high cost of food and housing in remote areas exacerbates the vulnerability of the population. Secondary school dropout rates are high, while suicide rates among youth are astronomical. Housing is often inadequate and access to social services can be sparse.
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MA Sustainability Studies Candidate, Trent University
I am a settler-colonialist, from a family of immigrants and settler-colonialist ancestry. I am pursuing my MA in Sustainability Studies at Trent University, with a focus on First Nations sustainable economic development in the renewable energy sector. Access to education and other social services by the Indigenous communities in Canada has begun to attract attention due to increase in suicide rates, high drop-out rates, and disproportional representation in the penal system. Financial... read more
Director of First Peoples House of Learning , Trent University

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Local eggstravaganza: Gameti, N.W.T. chickens just won't quit
Published: December 27, 2016 • • 0 DR
First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework
Added: February 13, 2017 • Author: Health Canada • 0 DR
Cadre du continuum du mieux-être mental des Premières Nations
Added: February 13, 2017 • Author: Santé Canada • 0 DR
Suicide Among Aboriginal People in Canada
Added: February 17, 2017 • Author: Aboriginal Healing Foundation: Laurence J. Kirmayer, Gregory M. Brass, Tara Holton, Ken Paul, Cori Simpson, Caroline Tait • 0 DR
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
Added: March 7, 2017 • Author: Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada • 0 DR
Commission de vérité et réconciliation du Canada : appels à l'action
Added: March 7, 2017 • Author: Commission de vérité et réconciliation du Canada • 0 DR
First Nations housing: thinking outside the box
Published: April 11, 2017 • • 0 DR
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What aspects of Indigenous health would you like to learn more about?
A: Health conditions in reserves and remote communities 13%
B: Traditional healing practices 13%
C: Culture gap between settler practitioners and Indigenous patients 13%
D: Intergenerational trauma and mental health 63%



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