Indigenous Health highlights


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

Indigenous filmmaker creates feature film

Dr. Jules Koostachin is an Indigenous film maker of Cree ancestry who is known for several documentaries. Her documentaries have showcased Indigenous cultural knowledges and experiences. She recently made the move to feature films with her current film Broken Angel. The inspiration for Broken Angel came from the people she met while working in an Indigenous women’s shelter.

Shot over the course of twelve days, Broken Angel features a mainly Indigenous cast including Dr. Koostachin’s own mother and son.

Watch the full feature about Dr. Koostachin’s newest project on Global News.

Meeting with Métis Elders at UNBC

The University of Northern British Columbia’s (UNBC) Prince George campus offers an ongoing opportunity to connect with two local Métis Elders.

Every Wednesday 1pm – 3pm both Joyce Roberts and Sue Perron are available in the Elders Room at the First Nations Centre to connect with students and share their knowledge of Métis history, culture, and traditions.

Both Joyce and Sue share a variety of experiences and knowledge around traditional activities like weaving, beadwork, and other aspects of Métis culture.

View this opportunity on the UNBC website.

Indigenous Canada course: University of Alberta

The University of Alberta offers a free online Indigenous Studies course.

This course explores historical and contemporary perspectives highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.

Course content includes:

  • The fur trade
  • Land claims and environmental impacts
  • Indigenous political activism

This beginner-level course runs for 12 weeks and consists of varied learning activities including videos and required and recommended readings.

Check out this opportunity to gain knowledge, awareness, and understanding of Indigenous Peoples on the University of Alberta website.

Pilot project drones making test runs to Stellat’en First Nation

Stellat’en First Nation is receiving drone shipments of bear grease, traditional supplies, and other supplies as part of a new study. The aim of the study is to explore new ways of delivering health care supplies to rural and remote Indigenous communities. The drone (Sky Medic) makes the journey from the Village of Fraser Lake and Stellat’en First Nation as often as seven times a day.

The study is a collaborative effort between the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), Stellat’en First Nation, the Village of Fraser Lake, LifeLabs, UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences, Carrier Sekani Family Services, and Northern Health.

Read the full article in the newest edition of FNHA’s e-zine, North: Northern First Nations Health Authority News.