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Our Top 6: Resources for September

  1. Indigenous Canada (Free Course, University of Alberta): Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores the different histories and contemporary perspectives of Indigenous peoples living in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores complex experiences Indigenous peoples face today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Topics for the 12 lessons include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions.
  2. National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (Website): Learn more about the inquiry and read the final report and calls for justice. Includes lots of resources to learn more about the process, its impact, and the supports available if you have been impacted in any way.
  3. Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Counselling Program (FAQs): Authored by the First National Health Authority, these frequently asked questions summarize what the inquiry was meant to do, and the supports that are available through FNHA. If you have been affected, please read this and reach out for assistance.
  4. BC Seniors: Falling Further Behind (Report, Sept. 2022): Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie details the results of a systemic review of the impact of rising costs on B.C. seniors who depend on government pensions and ranks B.C. as the lowest in its financial support for seniors compared to other provinces and territories. The report examines the incomes and expenses of seniors across a broad socio-economic landscape and assesses the effectiveness of government supports, services and subsidies. The report includes findings from a spring 2022 survey of low-income seniors and a consultation with 82 community agencies.
  5. Mobilizing to Promote Health and Well-Being for Older Adults Series: Re-Orienting Health and Social Services for Older Adults, Provincial Strategies for Community-Based Seniors Services (Webinar): In September 2022, CORE Canada launched a series of monthly 90-minute sessions focused on Mobilizing to Promote Health and Well-Being for Older Adults. This health promotion series builds on the recent webinars offered by The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) and Health Promotion Canada (HPC) that explored public health action on health equity for an aging population and was based on content from the book “Promoting the Health of Older Canadians – The Canadian Experience”. The new series picks up on webinar and book topics to mobilize action on various issues by focusing on effective models and the policies, practices, partnerships, and networks that support them. (Video run time: 1 hour 30 minutes.)
  6. 2022 Provincial Summit on Aging Summary Report (Aug. 2022): From April 27-29, 2022, United Way British Columbia’s (UWBC) Healthy Aging hosted the third biennial 2022 Provincial Summit on Aging (Summit) in Richmond, BC. This report summarizes the key messages and outcomes of the conference.

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