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Quebec, Aug 17 (Canadian-Media): In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's calls to action, the federal government announced last year it would invest $8 million over five years to establish the mentorship network for First Nations, Métis and Inuit (indigenous groups) health researchers, media reports said.
Consequently, Kahnawake based, a newly launched Quebec Indigenous Mentorship Network (QIMN), has sought to provide culturally-grounded support for Indigenous students across Quebec who want to seek careers in the health sector.
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Quebec's network was officially launched in February, and it's the only one out of the eight that is based in a First Nations community.
Adriana Poulette, the project coordinator, said the funding will allow the community to foster mentor-mentee relationships, offer scholarships, and hold an annual summer institute.
"Our history of health is so contextualized in this specific context of colonisation. It's a complex situation and I think that any research mentoring is going to be helpful, but this particular network is focused on Indigenous communities building capacity."
"We do need more representation in all health-related fields. There's a growing number, but we're all very stretched with demands," said Treena Delormier, an associate professor in the School of Human Nutrition at McGill University and one of the Indigenous mentors with the QIMN.
The network is funded by the Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Delormier is involved in nutrition and health promotion interventions to address the social concerns of health due to the inequalities Indigenous people experience.
"There's been a lot of particulars in it with respect to the history of research that has been in our communities which has not always been positive," she said.
Having been benefited from great mentors in her own research work, Delormier said she wanted to pay that forward.
"For me, it is just like a natural part of research training, especially when we're talking about health research and Indigenous communities," she said.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Alberta, Aug 17 (Canadian-Media): Natan Obed has been re-elected as Canada's national Inuit group leader, media reports said.
The Inuit are reportedly a group of culturally similar indigenous people living in the Arctic regions of Canada, Greenland and Alaska.
Following voting in Inuvik, Northwest Territories on Thursday, Obed was re-elected to lead the group for the second term.
Obed has been the Inuit leader since 2015.
"I'm honoured and humbled for your faith in me for a second term. I'll do my best to continue implementing our strategy and action plan," Obed said in his acceptance speech.
"I'm very thankful for the opportunity to hold this job."
Congratulating Obed, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted,
"Congratulations, Natan, on your re-election as President of @ITK_CanadaInuit. Looking forward to building on the work we’ve done to improve the lives of Inuit."
Justin Trudeau✔@JustinTrudeauCongratulations, Natan, on your re-election as President of @ITK_CanadaInuit. Looking forward to building on the work we’ve done to improve the lives of Inuit.
After winning in the election, Obed spoke to CBC about his priorities and said he was aware of the upcoming federal election, and said he wanted to continue the work his organization has done with the current government and added.
"We've championed this with the federal government and with anyone else who will listen, the idea that when [it] comes to decision making, there is a specific Inuit space," he said.
"Thirty five per cent of Canada's land mass, 50 per cent of its coastline is inhabited entirely by Inuit, managed through land-claim agreements and in many cases co-managed on things like land development and land administration.
"We need to utilize that policy space and think about solutions through that lens so some Inuit regions aren't left behind when it comes to individual funding pots or individual policy areas," said Obed.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Quebec, Aug 10 (Canadian-Media): A change to the way complaints against police made by Indigenous people will be investigated, was announced by Martin Coiteux, Quebec's public security minister, media reports said.
Quebec's police watchdog — the independent investigations bureau (BEI) would take over, starting Sept. 17, any criminal allegations made by indigenous complainants against police officers.
Creation of a special special investigation unit within the BEI is being planned with hiring of an aboriginal liaison officer who will follow up with complainants of indigenous victims and refer them to appropriate resources.
The news comes in the wake of the 2015 allegations made by thirty-seven indigenous women had been sexually assaulted by policein the Val-d'Or area.
Even though these women filed official complaints, no criminal charges were laid against the police officers.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)