U of S Library Celebrating Indigenous Studies Portal Milestone

The University of Saskatchewan Library is celebrating the 25,000th live record on the Indigenous Studies Portal (iPortal) January 25th, 2011. The celebration will open at 9:30 a.m. in the Library Learning Commons area, located on the ground floor of the Murray Library.
The opening will begin with a prayer, hand drummers, and an announcement by Dean Vicki Williamson, and other speakers will follow. Cultural teachings will begin at 10:00, with Elders Walter & Maria Linklater. At 11:45 a.m. in the Link Gallery, located on the first floor, there will be drummers and dancers, followed at noon by a lunch. In the afternoon, in Room 161, there will be demonstrations by Deborah Lee, the iPortal Librarian, on the iPortal database.

Diabetic Rate High at Wabano Centre in Ottawa For First Nations People

One-in-three patients suffers from some form of diabetes at Ottawa’s only medical clinic for First Nations people, making the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health the epicentre of a regional epidemic. Because of historic underfunding of health services for off-reserve Aboriginals, many of these patients have virtually no access to the type of lifestyle counselling and medical care that might prevent them from developing diabetes.

Metis Health Research Presentation and Metis Database Tutorial

Two NAHO research presentations will be held Monday, January 31, 2011; Session 1: 9 – 11a.m. & Session 2: 12 – 2 p.m. Room 161 of the Murray Library, 3 Campus Drive, University of Saskatchewan.
The 1st presentation will provide an explanation of the Principles of Ethical Métis Research that resulted from collaboration with Métis in Academia. The 2nd presentation is a workshop tutorial on how to access, navigate and use, the Métis Health Literature Database and the Métis Statististical Database, and includes an interpretation of statistical tables and graphs. Sessions will include both presentations.

The 7th Cowichan International Aboriginal Festival of Film and Art

The Cowichan International Aboriginal Festival of Film and Art is an annual intercultural event that is organized by the Cowichan Intercultural Festival of Film & Art Society and co-hosted by Film Cowichan and the Cowichan Theatre in Duncan, BC. The Coast Salish Gala Reception kicks off the festival each year. Artists support the festival, with a displays of carving, paintings, jewelery, knitting, and more. The festival welcome films of all genres and all performances and workshops are open to the public. The dates of the festival are April 13-17, 2011.