Published in 2018, the Regional Health Survey (RHS) is based on the RHS Cultural Framework. Data and topics include socioeconomic conditions, chronic health conditions, mental health and substance use, oral health, and Indian residential schools. First Nations peoples living on reserve and in northern communities in Canada were surveyed.
Published in 2018, the Regional Health Survey (RHS) is based on the RHS Cultural Framework. Data and topics include health care access, language and culture, nutrition and food security, physical activity and sedentary behaviours, and personal and community wellness. First Nations peoples living on reserve and in northern communities in Canada were surveyed.
The Thunderbird Partnership Foundation works "to further the capacity of communities to address substance use and addiction. [They] promote a holistic approach to healing and wellness that values culture, respect, community, and compassion. [Their] top priority is developing a continuum of care that would be available to all Indigenous people in Canada."
"Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (the people of the lake) is a remote Native community bound by reserve laws in the forgotten North of Ontario. This Nation dates back to 7,000 years where bones of their ancestors were discovered on the shores of Big Trout Lake. Today this proud Nation is deeply impoverished in 3rd World conditions bound by Treaty laws signed, by their non-English speaking ancestors. Set in the backdrop of the aftermath of the suicide of three parents, the documentary explores the impact of 3rd world conditions on the children left behind and a community's courage in looking after them.
An intimate portrait of a fiercely determined survivor, Donna's Story profiles a Cree woman who left behind a bleak existence on the streets. She has re-emerged as a powerful voice counselling Aboriginal adults and youth about abuse and addiction.Donna Gamble was raised in foster homes, addicted to drugs and caught up in prostitution by the age of 13. The camera unravels her exhilarating and tumultuous journey: her motivation to turn her life around, her work to keep others off the streets and the renewal of personal relationships with her family and children.
The massive Mercier Bridge looms over the eastern end of the Kahnawake Native reserve carrying commuters into the city of Montreal. For Amy, Lauren and Felicia, three Mohawk teens living in its shadow, the bridge also serves as a constant reminder of the bustling world just beyond the borders of their tiny community. Like typical teenagers, all three are wrestling with critical decisions about their futures. But for these girls, there is more at stake.
Supporting Aboriginal Learning
Call Number: E96.2 .S96 2009 DVD Orillia & Owen Sound
Publication Date: 2009
"Supporting Aboriginal Learning: Reflections from the Voices of Youth was created to highlight the unique experiences of Aboriginal youth during the transition from elementary school to high school. The purpose of this video is to help educators and other professionals working with youth to understand some of the challenges Aboriginal students face as they make this transition. It was also created to increase the understanding and awareness of all students about some of the fears and challenges Aboriginal students face in the school setting.
Streamed video (NFB)
"Sentencing circles don't focus on punishment. Instead, they bring together the perpetrator of a crime, his or her victims, and peers and family in an effort to bring healing to the community."
The Best Start Resource Centre: Ontario's Maternal Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre is a key program of Health Nexus, a bilingual health promotion organization that works with diverse partners to build healthy, equitable and thriving communities.
We can change our future: Our children are gifts, echoes from our ancestors (DVD)
Call Number: E98 .C5 W43 2009 Orillia
Publication Date: 2009
Focuses on the importance of the early period of life for children and the fundamental importance of culture and language as the foundation for Aboriginal children's development. Various speakers provide wisdom and insight regarding the importance of children in the native communities and the critical role the family and communities have to support their overall development and wellbeing.
What we have always known: Passing on our legacy (DVD)
Call Number: HQ772 .W46 2003 Orillia
Publication Date: 2003
This video presents key teachings of the Native American culture and the important positive impact that understanding early brain development can make on the lives of children. It reinforces learned historical practices and parenting skills passed on through Native American ancestry from generation to generation
When eight-year-old Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school she is confused, frightened, and terribly homesick. She tries to remember who she is and where she came from, despite the efforts of the nuns who are in charge at the school and who tell her that she is not to use her own name but instead use the number they have assigned to her. When she goes home for summer holidays, Irene's parents decide never to send her and her brothers away again. But where will they hide? And what will happen when her parents disobey the law? Based on the life of co-author Jenny Kay Dupuis' grandmother, I Am Not a Number is a hugely necessary book that brings a terrible part of Canada's history to light in a way that children can learn from and relate to.
How can children adapt and do more than survive in neighbourhoods where violence is common? How can they learn in schools where teachers have given up on them? This challenging documentary follows the successful work of Lorna Williams, who set out to help aboriginal children in Canada who are dropping out of school, losing hope, and committing suicide in terrifying numbers.
We are all... Treaty People by Switzer, M.
Call Number: J NON FIC SWI - ECE Picture Book Collection Orillia
Publication Date: 2011
This book explains the history of the Anishinaabeg, or Anishinabek nations. The nations of Ojibwa, Chippewa, Odawa, Mississauga, Potawatomi, Algonquin, and Delaware peoples are described. This book gives the history of the culture, values, co-existence, Seven Years War, treaties, Oka, and present day events. First Nations, Inuit and Métis content and perspectivies.