Indigenous Health Law Centre

Indigenous Health Law Centre The Indigenous Health Law Centre is committed to advancing the mental, spiritual and physical health and well-being of First Nation, Metis and Inuit People
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02/09/2021
RNs to start prescribing addiction treatment medications in B.C., first in Canada

Brilliant use of resources.....

B.C. is now the first province in Canada to have registered nurses (RNs) on track to begin prescribing addiction treatment medications for opioid use disorder. It's part of B.C.'s overdose response plan, 30 RNs and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) are on their way to completing their training th...

01/29/2021

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That Wood's wife had to travel for hours with a broken leg just to get assessed is outrageous, said Dr. Barry Lavallee, ...
01/27/2021
First Nations man forced to drive wife with broken leg nearly 300 km to ER after misdiagnosis | CBC News

That Wood's wife had to travel for hours with a broken leg just to get assessed is outrageous, said Dr. Barry Lavallee, the medical advisor for MKO health entity Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin.

"It is substandard care, and that substandard care can really promote torture and suffering for First Nations people trying to seek help," he said during Tuesday's news conference.

A band councillor from a remote northern Manitoba First Nation says he had to drive his wife, who had broken her leg, more than 300 kilometres to Thompson for medical treatment, after a local nursing station told her she had a sprain.

Urban Indigenous doula research project in Winnipeg awarded $1 million
12/13/2020
Urban Indigenous doula research project in Winnipeg awarded $1 million

Urban Indigenous doula research project in Winnipeg awarded $1 million

A team of researchers from the University of Winnipeg has received $1 million in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for a project focussed on improving the health of expectant Indigenous mothers and their babies.

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Where we started and where we are going

The Indigenous Health Law Centre is committed to advancing the mental, spiritual and physical health and well-being of First Nation, Metis and Inuit People through the study of the intersect between health and the law (western and Indigenous laws).

The physical centre was initially created from a grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and set up at Brandon University while I (Yvonne) was a Canada Research Chair. There are a few photos of it on this page. We did good work there - we interviewed Elders and Knowledge Keepers about health practices that they practiced and what they remember their parents and grandparents practicing. We traveled to various communities and met with the most interesting and lovely people - we made good friends. We did work in the prison system, looking at health rights, looking at trans rights. We advocated on behalf of people who cannot speak for themselves.

The core purpose for the interviews was to prove Aboriginal rights as a precontact practice for section 35 rights (of the Constitution Act, 1982) - we also worked on oral negotiations of the numbered treaties and published several papers in academic journals.

We had the greatest team! Sheyenne Spence (who went on to law school), Adam Paul (on his way to law school), Julia Stoneman Sinclair (doing her Masters, https://www.gofundme.com/juliastonemansinclair), Joe Kruger (Canadian Armed Forces and student), Drew Spence (adventurer extraordinaire), Katie Sutherland (Articling student), Honorary Elder Grace Godmeier, Elder Frank Tacan, Helpers, Erin Fletcher (law student), Jade Fletcher (law student), Ayoola Odeyami (Lawyer) - we kicked butt!

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