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New lecture series prioritizes Indigenous health and access to care in northern communities

scenery in Iqaluit

City of Iqaluit. Photo credit: JillScoby Flickr via Compfight cc

January 22, 2019

Pressing global issues affecting the health and well-being of Northern communities, specifically Indigenous and displaced populations living in Canada’s High North region, will be the focus of an upcoming WebEx lecture series developed by McMaster University’s Global Health Office. The series kicks off on February 4 and will be open to the public. 

The lecture series – Displaced Populations and Northern Communities: Highlighting the Research, Policies, and Politics of Access to Care – is part of the Master of Science in Global Health program’s High North course, jointly offered by McMaster and the University of South-eastern Norway. Titled Global transitions within local communities: Small places, big changes, the course explores the similar threats faced by Northern communities in Canada and Norway, with respect to their natural resources, their health, and their rights, in an increasingly globalized world.

In November, the Global Health Office hosted a symposium on global health issues facing High North populations, and tackled topics including migration, climate change, mental health, and access to health care and education. This lecture series will expand on some of these ideas and invites participation from the wider global health community at McMaster.

Speakers include Nancy Doubleday, HOPE Chair in Peace and Health, Department of Philosophy and Peace Studies program and Taha Tabish, health innovations research coordinator at the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre

“With this lecture series, we’re hoping to call attention to critical global health issues by looking at the populations most impacted by them,” says Andrea Baumann, associate V-P global health. “Climate change, for example, is among the biggest global health threats of the 21st century and Indigenous people are among the most directly affected by it. We need to open the dialogue and increase awareness about these important topics.”

If you would like to join a webinar, please RSVP for more information. Details below:

1. Monday Feb. 4, 2019 - 9:30 am – 11:00am (EST) - The indigenous people of Canada, their health, and access to health care. Presenter: Nancy Doubleday, HOPE Chair in Peace and Health, Department of Philosophy and Peace Studies Program, McMaster University. 

2. Friday Feb. 8, 2019 - 9:30 am – 11 am EST - Climate Change, health research and Arctic communities. Presenter: Taha Tabish, Health Technology Innovations Research Coordinator, Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre, Iqaluit.

3. Tuesday March 5, 2019 - 9:30 am – 11 am EST - The Canadian Healthcare System and its Policy Response to Migration. Presenter: Andrea Baumann, Associate Vice-President, Global Health and director of the Master of Science in Global Health program, McMaster University.

4. Thursday March 7, 2019 - 9:30 am – 11 am EST (Toronto) - The Politics and Policies of Indigenous Health: views from the Americas. Presenter: Christy Gombay, Academic Coordinator, Master of Science in Global Health program, McMaster University.