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  1. Indian Residential Schools

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    The last Indian residential school (IRS) closed in 1984. That ended a period of time in which the government of Canada had attempted to eliminate Aboriginal cultures, languages and social structures. The attempt failed. ...

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  2. Cultural Pathways for Decolonization

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    Before contact with Europeans, Canada’s indigenous people enjoyed relatively good health and knew cures for many illnesses. Traditional wisdom and knowledge of the land as a resource for the community was essential for their health and well-being. ...

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  3. Aboriginal Mental Health: The statistical reality

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    It’s well known that the Aboriginal people of Canada face a unique set of mental health challenges. 2 But what may not be so well known is that, in a 2002/03 survey, about 70% of First Nations adults living on reserves felt in balance physically, emotiona ...

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  4. Research Summary: Aboriginal Peoples’ Experiences of Mental Health and Addictions Care

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    Aboriginal peoples in British Columbia and other areas of Canada face unique difficulties accessing mental health and addictions services. This is having negative effects on the mental health of Aboriginal people, their families and their communities. In ...

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  5. Spirit Beads, Resilience and Residential School

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    Note: In writings on the impact of colonization on Aboriginal people, certain words—such as Survivor, Residential School and Residential School Legacy—are often capitalized. In 1994, I made a trip to Whitehorse, Yukon, where I bought a baby belt that had ...

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  6. Seeking Health Care at Emergency Departments

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    Many Aboriginal people have difficulty accessing health care services. I am a member of a team of university and community-based researchers1 who want to see people’s access to primary health care services improved. We have been conducting a study2 to hel ...

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  7. Canada’s Indian Residential School System

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    The Canadian Indian Residential School System’s century-long policy of forced assimilation* of Aboriginal peoples has left a legacy of destruction, pain and despair. Some of the problems facing Aboriginal people because of the assault on their cultures ar ...

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  8. Unprecedented Collaboration— Four nations in Northern BC geared to “embrace life”

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    Four nations in northern BC—the Wet’suwet’en, Gitxsan, Tsimshian and Nisga’a—have come together to form an unprecedented partnership. Their goal is to reduce the high number of suicide ideations, attempts and completions. It is with great hope and excitem ...

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  9. Surviving the Fall

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    A young mother-to-be tells of anxiously watching the screen during her ultrasound—tears quickly form and stream down her cheeks as she realizes her baby’s heart is no longer beating. Another young woman speaks of the early days with her new baby: “It shou ...

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  10. Editor's Message: Aboriginal People

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    This issue of Visions stirs new ground like no other issue has. If you identify yourself as Aboriginal, First Nation, Inuit or Métis, you will likely find much that resonates with you in the stories ahead. If you don’t identify yourself that way, you will ...

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