Walking for a Cause

On Saturday, February 25th, some members of the Patients 4 Change community participated in the “Coldest Night of the Year” walk. This annual event saw hundreds of Calgarians bundling up and trekking 2, 5 or 10 km to raise money for the homeless, hungry and hurting.


Not only was this a great way to help others in the Calgary community, it also was a lot of fun. In fact, the Pts4Chg members, who walked under the name of “Team Goose Bump,” got so caught up in the excitement and conversation that they walked two blocks past a key corner that was to take them to the finish line. What’s a few more blocks added to a 10km walk?!

Looking forward  to next year’s event. 

Physicians gather to address First Nations health

At a recent event held in Vancouver, physicians came together to discuss a very important topic – namely, First Nation health.

The nearly 7,000 emotional and often tragic stories from the survivors of Canada’s residential school system gathered by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada provided a powerful backdrop to a standing-room only gathering of physicians and other health care providers at a special pre-General Council session on Indigenous health, held Aug. 20.

Truth and Reconciliation commissioner, Dr. Marie Wilson, set the tone for the discussion, saying she wanted to serve as a “channel for the survivor’s words” at the session.

“The ongoing work of truth and reconciliation going on in this country is not in fact just about Indigenous wellness,” said Wilson. “It’s about the wellness of our shared country.”

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Closing the Gap: Indigenous Health Innovations Forum

In partnership with the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, and the First Nations University of Canada, and The Conference Board of Canada, the Closing the Gap: Indigenous Health Innovations Forum will be taking place on May 25, 2016 at the Delta Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan.  “The Forum will explore key policies and activities that are improving the health and care experiences for Indigenous people in Saskatchewan, and will also serve as the qualitative first step in a Conference Board research study on this topic.”  Topics to be discussed include:

  • Community engagement to minimize health inequities;
  • Innovative models for improved service delivery;
  • Data on health status improvement;
  • Program delivery in communities;
  • Providing an indigenous lens to policy;
  • Integrated health solutions

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