Indigenous Health highlights


Each week, the Indigenous Health department highlights good news stories from the North and from across the country.

Indigenous woman receives recognition from Governor General

Rebecca Kudloo, President of Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada received a pleasant surprise when she received a call from Governor General Mary Simon to express appreciation for Ms. Kudloo’s lifetime of professional work and service.

Kudloo was chosen by the Governor General because of her dedication over the past 35 years running the Mianiqsijit counselling service in Baker Lake and because of her work with the Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada. Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada is a national non-profit aiming to bring awareness to the needs of Inuit women.

During her call with Mary Simon, Kudloo commented that one of her biggest achievements was finally securing funding for five shelters after campaigning for 35 years.

Read about their conversation and about Ms. Kudloo’s work on national and international stages from CBC North.

A Łı́ı́dlı̨ı̨ Kų́ę́ grandmother sees her grandson live his dream at the Beijing Olympics

Rosemary Gill of the Łı́ı́dlı̨ı̨ Kų́ę́ First Nation in Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories (N.W.T) was pleasantly surprised to find out her 18-year-old grandson, Liam Gill, is heading to the Beijing Olympics! Liam is set to compete in the Half-pipe snowboarding completion representing Team Canada.

While this is the first time Liam will compete in the Olympics, he is no stranger to high-level competitions having previously competed at the Youth Olympics in 2020.

Liam has received an outpouring of love and support from across N.W.T and said he is trying his best not to overthink this achievement and live in the moment.

Liam is the only indigenous member on the team and he hopes to inspire future generous of Indigenous snowboarders.

Read about Liam’s journey from CBC North.

Top 10 Indigenous books

The UBC Faculty of Education has compiled a list of the Top 10 Indigenous Books to read.

The list includes popular titles covering topics like systemic oppression, the Indian Act, as well as current events, and poetry.

See the full list featured on the UBC website.

Apply to the Rural, Remote, and Indigenous Grants program by February 17, 2022

Northern Health, in collaboration with the First Nations Healthy Authority, is pleased to announce the new Rural, Remote, and Indigenous Food Action Grant to support projects addressing food security and food sovereignty in Northern BC.

The Rural, Remote, and Indigenous Food Action Grant program is intended to support community food action across Northern BC with the goal of improving food security in the region. This funding is part of a broader provincial and health authority commitment to advance food security in BC. Grants are available to a maximum of $50,000. The application deadline is midnight on Thursday, February 17th, 2022.

For more information, including an application form and guide, visit the Rural, Remote, and Indigenous Grants webpage.