Indigenous Knowledge Network for Infant, Child and Family Health

Striking health inequities exist between Aboriginal Peoples and non-Aboriginal people.

Aboriginal children are more likely than non-Aboriginal children to become injured, die in infancy, die accidentally and experience a variety of other health ailments.

With our network partners, we developed, implemented and evaluated a First Nations and Métis infant, child and family health knowledge network.

The purpose of this program is to improve the availability and application of locally relevant Indigenous and public health information to local, culture-based parenting and infant/toddler health promotion programming.

Ten participants were seconded by our network partners to collect oral histories and apply traditional and public health knowledge to existing programs in Ontario and Saskatchewan. This project was governed by a steering committee with representation from all six network partners. The committee’s tasks included seeking direction and input on an ongoing basis from elders and traditional resource people.