Upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities with The Indigenous Health Research & Education Garden

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Upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities with
The Indigenous Health Research & Education Garden
  • Wednesday June 3rd, 1:30-4:30PM: Garden volunteer session
  • Saturday June 13th, 10:00AM-12:30PM: Salve Making Medicine Workshop (space is limited, please RSVP to
  • Wednesday June 24th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Longhouse
  • Tuesday July 21st, 2:00-4:00PM: Tea Harvesting Medicine Workshop (space is limited, please RSVP to
  • Wednesday July 29th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Longhouse
  • Tuesday August 25th, 4:00-6:00PM: Tea Making Medicine Workshop (space is limited, please RSVP to
  • Wednesday August 26th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Farm
  • Tuesday September 29th, 3:00-5:00PM: Tobacco Pipe Mix Making Medicine Workshop (space is limited, please RSVP to
  • Wednesday September 30th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Longhouse
How to volunteer for garden volunteer sessions: we work in the garden rain or shine, so come dressed for the weather. We have extra rain boots, gardening tools, and gloves to share. Bring a snack and water bottle – bring friends and family (of any age) too! No experience necessary. You will find us in the Indigenous Health Garden at the UBC Farm. The most up-to-date directions to the UBC Farm can be found here. Once at the Farm, you can follow the “Aboriginal Health Gardens” signs to find our garden here.

How to volunteer for the Feast Bowl: join us at the UBC First Nations Longhouse (1985 West Mall) at or after 9:30AM to help us harvest or cook, or 12:30PM to eat lunch with us. Extra help from any age or skill level is always appreciated, especially in the kitchen. If you can only join us for lunch, we encourage you to come anyway and we look forward to sharing a delicious meal with you!

Note: if you plan to bring a large group, please let us know ahead of time at

FNHA Launches Guide to Mental Health Counselling Services for Providers

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Apr 27, 2015

​The FNHA is pleased to launch the Guide to Mental Health Counselling Services document.

The purpose of this Guide is to outlin​e the general and program-specific terms and conditions, criteria, guidelines and policies under which the First Nation Health Authority (FNHA), First Nations Health Benefits (FNHB) Short-Term Crisis Intervention Mental Health Counselling (STCIMHC) Benefit and the Individual and Family Counselling component of Indian Residential School (IRS) Resolution Health Support Program (RHSP) operate.

While the STCIMHC Benefit and IRS RHSP use the same provider enrolment process, it is important to note that the benefits differ from each other in regards to benefit delivery. This guide provides information about the benefits common requirements for mental health counselling provider enrolment and an overview of the STCIMHC Benefit and IRS RHSP in regards to:

• Client eligibility;
• Client responsibilities;
• Benefit coverage;
• Prior Approval Process;
• Claims Submission Process; and
• Procedure for Appeals.
In the event that this Guide does not address questions regarding general policies, processing of payment requests, or specific conditions, the provider should contact the First Nations Health Authority Health Benefits office.​

Sharing Our Wisdom: A Holistic Aboriginal Health Initiative Conference; 9-4:30 pm, May 20, 2015

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Attention Elders, Youth, Community Members, Helpers who work in Aboriginal health (e.g., Counsellors, Social Workers, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, MDs, Psycholgists, Psychiatrists, Front Line Workers, Outreach workers) and anyone else interested in learning about Aboriginal Healthcare strategies and practices….


This research project originated out of discussions and research with the urban Aboriginal community which taught us that community based research, Indigenous Knowledge, and knowledge translation are important and have much to offer academia. An underlying theme of this project was to gain an understanding of the effectiveness of traditional Aboriginal healing knowledge when addressing health inequities experienced by Aboriginal peoples. With the guidance of the Aboriginal Health Working Group (Aboriginal Elders and community members who specialize in Aboriginal health) we developed 7 holistic health circles (workshops) to: engage Aboriginal participants in learning about Aboriginal health practices; facilitate a healthier life context; work towards the prevention of risk factors for health issues and validate and create a better understanding of the utility of traditional healing practices. The research question was twofold: 1) Do Aboriginal traditional health practices provide a more meaningful way of addressing health strategies for Aboriginal peoples? 2) How does the participation in health circles, based on Aboriginal traditional knowledge, impact the health of Aboriginal peoples? We recruited Aboriginal community members to participate in the research. We gathered information through focus groups and interviews with participants’ about their health knowledge and practices before and after health circle attendance; documented their experiences of the health circles, and illuminated how they perceive it has affected their overall health and view of traditional health practices.

We want to SHARE OUR WISDOM and the findings from the project through an interactive Aboriginal Health conference day. Please join us for the day to engage in dialogue concerning Aboriginal health.


PANEL- Aboriginal Elders and Community Members will share their experiences with this project

Lunch, door prizes, entertainment and great dialogue will be provided!

If you would like to attend this FREE conference

Please register and pass along to others!!

We would like to thank the VANCOUVER FOUNDATION for their generous funding for this research project!

Have questions about Sharing Our Wisdom: A Holistic Aboriginal Health Initiative Conference? Contact Indigenous Peoples Research Partnerships and the Aboriginal Health Working Group

CFP – Performing Turtle Island, Fluid Identities and Community Continuities, Due Dec. 15, 2014

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University of Regina and First Nations University of Canada are seeking submissions for “Performing Turtle Island, Fluid Identities and Community Continuities,” a seminar/workshop/conference taking place Sep 17-19 2015. Deadline for submissions: Dec 15, 2014.

Performing Turtle Island brings together established and emerging scholars and artists to focus on how Indigenous theatre and performance are connected to Indigenous identity and community health. This Call is looking for proposals for academic papers as well as proposals for Seminars and Workshops – sharing circles for practical and performative exchange. We are interested in proposals that touch on innovative approaches to performance, education, research, health and healing and community consultation

The central theme that the Conference takes up in the form of a national symposium of Canadian Indigenous performers and playwrights, scholars and artists is unknowing.

See here for more information! Or here!

Aboriginal Health and Community Administration Program (AHCAP)

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The AHCAP is a 10 month part-time program that combines online and classroom learning. It is for those who want to gain the knowledge and skills to provide effective administration within Aboriginal health settings. This award-winning program is developed by the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health at UBC and UBC Continuing Studies. 
Application deadline: Friday, November 14.
For more information, click here.
Source: The Talking Stick: News and Information from the First Nations Longhouse, November 10, 2014

US to pay largest Native American nation $554 mn in landmark settlement

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Published time: September 25, 2014 15:55

​The Obama administration will pay the Navajo Nation a record $554 million to settle claims by the most populous Native American tribe that funds and natural resources on its reservation were mismanaged by the US government for decades.

The agreement will be formally signed on Friday at Window Rock, Arizona, the capital of the Navajo reservation, the largest in the US by land mass.

The accord was borne from litigation that accused the government of mishandling Navajo funds and natural resources on its more than 14 million acres across Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, all held in trust for the tribe and leased out for purposes of farming, energy development, logging, and mining. The Navajo claims date back as far as 50 years. Read More…