Category Archives: Stories

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First Nations diabetes care hits the road

We follow the Seabird Island Mobile Diabetes Clinic, which travels vast distances to remote First Nations across southern British Columbia, so patients can manage their disease without leaving home. Continue reading

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Native Education College student takes health into her own hands

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Meet the students learning to work as Health Care Assistants in First Nation communities, in a course designed for Aboriginal learners at the Native Education Centre in Vancouver. Continue reading

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Grandparents get help raising children with FASD

Grandparents

How Aboriginal grandparents raising their grandchildren are learning to care for kids diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, at a unique support group in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Continue reading

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Breaking the silence of sexual abuse

Breaking the silence

Why an 11 year-old girl’s disclosure that she was a victim of sexual abuse, and disclosures that followed, may signal a new attitude at Tsawwassen First Nation toward a disturbing problem. Continue reading

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Crisis team seeks to end suicide in Sto:lo communities

Crisis team

We go inside Sto:lo Health’s new Aboriginal Suicide and Critical Incident Response Team: thirteen volunteers training to provide culturally-appropriate response to suicides. Continue reading

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Ancestral language promotes healing for Tsleil-Waututh Nation

Ancestral language

Welcome to the Tsleil-Waututh Nation daycare, where Hunquminum teachers are reconnecting youth to traditional language and culture, which experts link to community health and psychological well-being. Continue reading

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First Nations Court in North Van tries holistic sentencing

First Nations court

Can Squamish Nation health workers and a provincial court judge — working together in First Nations Court — find better rehabilitation options for offenders with mental health and addiction issues? Continue reading

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Uprooting diabetes: Riceroot grows again

Uprooting diabetes

How a young Squamish Nation woman is using traditional plant knowledge and academic expertise to restore wetlands and bring back the chocolate lily, a traditional staple food that could reduce diabetes. Continue reading