At the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, I teach these land-based courses.
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This course introduces students to Indigenous people’s health and well-being issues through an examination of the socio-political history of Canada. Students will learn about key health and well-being issues which are a result of the legacy of assimilationist government policies and legislation and affect Indigenous people across Canada face.
Students will gain knowledge about social determinants of health that can improve population health and reduce health disparities for Indigenous people in Canada. After this course, students should have knowledge of key elements in population health approaches; be able to describe social determinants that influence Indigenous health in Canada; and have a basic understanding of Indigenous health issues across Canada.
Students will demonstrate clear understanding of Indigenous Health in the historical and contemporary contexts. Students will be able to analyze the impact of colonial practices on Indigenous health and identify social, cultural, political, environmental, spiritual, organizational, and economic factors that promote resiliency and can improve the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
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INDIGENOUS HEALTH and social policy
This course is designed to engage students with Indigenous policy development in Canada. Students will critically analyze and discuss topics that are diverse and complex in developing Indigenous health and social policy. Students will consider Indigenous ways of knowing, relationships with the Canadian state, and how social and health policies are created at the Indigenous governance, provincial and federal government levels. By drawing on material from existing health policies as well how Indigenous public and social policy are created, students will gain a greater understanding for the role every person in Canada plays with regards to Indigenous Peoples and their health and social policies in Canada. This course will provide students with the intellectual tools to critically engage with and advocate for Indigenous Peoples health and well-being in Canada.
It is important for students to know and understand how, where and who is involved in Indigenous policy development in Canada. Topics discussed will include the history of Canadian public health, health care and the Canada Health Act; contemporary issues, ideas and challenges in Canadian Indigenous health and social policy. Students will understand the complexities of policy development for Indigenous people in Canada, and to provide an overview of key aspects pertaining to Indigenous health policy in Canada and beyond.