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Home remedies: Addressing domestic violence, racism, and sexism in the context of COVID-19

1.5 hr

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Tue, Jul 28, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
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Due to colonization and patriarchal systems, racism, poverty, domestic violence, devaluation and hypersexualization of Indigenous women have become normalized for Indigenous Peoples. In spite of these inequities, Indigenous Peoples are resilient, strong and continue to thrive. The isolation experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to increase the rate at which families experience domestic violence, sexism and racism especially since survivors are likely in social isolation with their abusers. This volatile situation has exacerbated the frequency and severity of domestic violence cases (The New York Times, 2020). The Native Women’s Association of Canada’s (NWAC) survey on COVID-19 reveals an extremely troubling trend in increasing incidents of domestic violence being committed against Indigenous women and children. In this webinar, we will discuss findings from NWAC’s survey, how to stay vigilant for signs of domestic violence, and how to be discreet and tactful in your approach to confronting domestic violence as an advocate. Specifically, racism and sexism operate via external power structures which significantly contributes to poor health in certain disadvantaged groups and this will be discussed at length (Bourassa, McKay-McNabb, & Hampton, 2004). Also, poverty and homelessness are major factors in exposing people to threats of violence, crime, incarceration, or exploitation. We will examine the complexities poverty and homelessness pose for these populations within circumstances in a pandemic such as COVID-19, particularly since it has put a considerable strain on homeless shelters and domestic abuse relief homes throughout Canada.

Taking Action for Justice: Steps to Addressing Systemic Violence toward Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Gender-Diverse People Amidst a Delayed National Action Plan

1.5 hr

Taking Action for Justice: Steps to Addressing Systemic Violence toward Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Gender-Diverse People Amidst a Delayed National Action Plan
Tue, Jul 7, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ED
In December 2015 the Government of Canada launched the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). Its final report related on June 3, 2019, Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, includes 231 individual Calls for Justice directed at governments, institutions, social service providers, industries and all Canadians. Development and implementation of a MMIWG National Action Plan by the Federal Government, has been delayed. In this webinar, we will discuss key findings from the Final Report and concrete recommendations for the Government of Canada’s National Action Plan, informed by the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s (NWAC) National Roundtable on MMIWG held in January 2020. While the establishment of a National Action Plan has experienced delays due to first, the federal election and now, a global pandemic, we are in an even worse crisis. Violence against Indigenous women and children does not stop because of a global health pandemic, in fact, there is troubling evidence supporting quite the opposite. The pandemic is worsening violence against Indigenous women and Indigenous families and communities cannot wait any longer. This presentation will focus on how the Federal Government can act now ensuring full involvement of Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, and gender diverse people, as stated in the National Inquiry’s Final Report.

Super Dads Summer: How to create lasting bonds with your kids

June 16
12:00pm EDT

Do you remember summers as a kid? They were full of friends, no responsibilities, and endless days of fun!

What do you think your kids will remember about the summer of 2020? More importantly – what do you want them to remember about it?!

While it may be daunting to think about a summer with limited activity options, it doesn’t have to be a drag. Dad Central, Dove Men+Care and Fatherhood expert Dr. Greg Fabiano are here to help you make this a Super Dads Summer for you and your kids.

Super Dads Summer: How to create lasting bonds with your kids is a free, virtual event designed to help dads find fun, creative and enjoyable ways to create positive memories with their family.

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Community Webinar: adapting programs to a changing landscape

Community Webinar: adapting programs to a changing landscape
Thu, Jun 18, 2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT

Join ABC for a conversation with community leaders from across Canada on how they have adapted, evolved, reimagined, and thrived in our new, quickly-changing world. We will be joined by:

- Lesley Dunn - Program Director RentersEd™ - The Tenant Resource Centre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
- Dominique Robinson, Manager, National Programs, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, Toronto, Ontario
- Alyson Judd, Economic Development Assistant, Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité (RDÉE Canada) Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, St. John's, Newfoundland

With guest: Janet Mowat, Programs Coordinator at ABC will share our new online resources toolkit

COVID-19 - Managing Mental Health in Canada

Webinar: COVID-19 - Managing Mental Health in Canada
Friday, June 5, 2020 at 11:00 am (EDT)
Organized by the ACS (Association for Canadian Studies) and Metropolis.

Mental health issues have been the object of serious attention with the COVID-19 pandemic reshaping our lives in a myriad of ways. Canadians have experienced record levels of anxiety, social disconnect from family members and friends and by consequence, heightened concerns over depression, trauma, and coping mechanisms.

On June 5th, the COVID-19 Social Impacts Network will hold an online conference where new data on the state of mental health in Canada will be presented and some of the country’s leading mental health experts will provide insights into how well Canada is managing the crisis and speak to best practices as we go forward.

Traditional Indigenous Medicine in North America: A Review

1.5 hr

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Traditional Indigenous Medicine in North America: A Review
Fri, Jun 26, 2020 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
hosted by:
National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH)
3333 University Way, Prince George, BC, Canada, V2N 4Z9
T: (250) 960-5250 | F: (250) 960-5644

Despite the documented continued use of traditional healing methods, modalities and its associated practitioners by Indigenous groups across North America, widespread knowledge is elusive amongst most Western trained health professionals and systems. This despite that the over 6 million Indigenous peoples who currently reside in Canada and the United States (US) are most often served by Western systems of medicine. A systematic search of multiple databases was performed, with consequent title and abstract review of articles published on traditional Indigenous medicine in the North American context utilizing an established scoping review framework. The research was is an attempt to catalogue the wide array of published research in the peer-reviewed and grey literature on traditional Indigenous medicine in North America in order to provide an accessible databases for medical practitioners, scholars and communities to better inform practice, policymaking, and research in Indigenous communities specifically through an Indigenous public health lens. The efforts and results of this research will be presented.


1 hr

April 3, 202012:00 PM1:00 PM EDT


Over the coming weeks, OPDI be offering webinars to help you navigate peer support during the changing and uncertain times of COVID-19. This an overview of how to offer and facilitate peer support during a global pandemic. Whether you're supporting someone who is working on the frontlines of healthcare or a neighbour feeling isolated, these tools will help you to offer support responsibly and effectively.

All levels of experience welcome!

This webinar will cover the following topics:

Peer support basics
Supporting one another in challenging times
Cornerstones of Peer Support
Tools for Supporting Others
Wellness Tools for Supporters
Sign-up here.

VBAC in Ontario- Improving Access

1 hr

The Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health is hosting a webinar:
VBAC in Ontario- Improving Access
March 13th, 2020 @ 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST
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1. To increase awareness of the VBAC quality standard and accompanying implementation supports
2. To increase providers knowledge and utilization of TOLAC practice supports and patient education tools
3. To increase utilization of the shared decision making tools and practices related to TOLAC
In collaboration with: Ontario Health –
Quality, BORN Ontario, University of British
Who should attend? Maternal-neonatal
clinicians, educators & decision makers

NCCIH Webinar: At the interface: Indigenous health practitioners and evidence-based practice

1 hr

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Tue, Feb 11, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

With a growing acknowledgement of the importance of Indigenous knowledges and traditional practices to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples, Indigenous health practitioners have increased their efforts to integrate Indigenous and Western systems into their health care practices and policies. In this way, they find themselves at the interface of these two distinct and often contrasting knowledges, evidence, and practices to best address the complex health needs of their Indigenous patients.

This webinar highlights findings from the NCCIH’s publication, At the interface: Indigenous health practitioners and evidence-based practice. Co-author Dr. Kim van der Woerd and Kylee Swift will summarize key research and policy findings of this publication. Dr. Bernice Downey will then discuss the unique issues related to health practice that accompany working between, and within, these two worlds

PHO Grand Rounds: Understanding adverse childhood experiences in an Ontario context

1 hr

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Public Health Ontario
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EST)
Toronto, Ontario

PHO Grand Rounds:

Understanding adverse childhood experiences in an Ontario context

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) include types of abuse, neglect and other possibly traumatic experiences that may occur before age 18. ACEs have been described as the largest unaddressed public health concern in our society, yet there is a lack of population health data related to ACEs in Ontario. To address this gap, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) conducted a survey to collect local data on ACEs, resilience and health outcomes of residents over the age of 18. The survey identified that ACEs are common among residents and co-occur with socioeconomic disadvantage; there is evidence of an intergenerational risk of mental illness and substance use; and resilience promoting programs may be effective in reducing long term negative effects of ACEs in our community. Thus, the implementation of resilience-building initiatives may be an effective approach to promote population health and address this emerging public health issue. This session will explore the results of the recent survey conducted at WDGPH and discuss next steps for action to prevent and mitigate the effects of ACEs in that community.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

Describe the importance of addressing early life experiences in the prevention of long-term negative health outcomes
Interpret Ontario-based data regarding the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences and their association with negative health outcomes
Discuss the role of resilience in the prevention of negative health outcomes and health behaviours
Presenter: Anna Vanderlaan

Anna Vanderlaan received a Master of Public Health from Queen's University. In her current role as a Health Promotion Specialist at Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH), her portfolio focuses on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and early childhood mental health promotion. Anna received the Rising Star Award from Health Promotion Canada in 2017 in recognition for her track record of professional achievements, exemplary personal leadership qualities and strong potential for making future contributions to health promotion in Canada.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.

Please note that you will receive details on how to join the webinar after registering for this event.

PHO Rounds are approved for continuing medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI). For more information, contact .

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