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Chiefs of Ontario Health News

TORONTO, ON — The proposed provincial Bill-186, Supporting Smoke–Free Ontario by Reducing Contraband Tobacco Act, makes the primary focus of the legislation a punitive action rather than tobacco use reduction strategies. It specifically targets products that are grown or manufactured within First Nation communities and under the jurisdiction of First Nations. The Ontario Ministry of Revenue introduced these proposed amendments to the Tobacco Tax Act, on April 21, 2011, in direct opposition to the inherent Aboriginal right to the cultivation and trade of tobacco.
There are many outstanding...
TORONTO, ON - Ontario Regional Chief, Angus Toulouse, today responded to Federal Budget 2011 asserting that the Budget demonstrates the government’s lack of in-depth understanding of First Nations issues.
As stated by the Regional Chief: “First Nations in Ontario have been clear - what is required to assist in alleviating many of our problems, is a fundamental transformation in the relationship between the Canadian settler state and First Nations. We have repeatedly stated what our priorities are and how we would like to accomplish these, and we are repeatedly ignored.”
Although the federal...
The Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program, the First Nations component of the treaty right to health care presents challenges to First Nations individuals and communities. In an effort to address these challenges the Chiefs of Ontario (COO) Health Coordination unit was successful in obtaining funding from First Nations and Inuit Health – Ontario Region to hire two NIHB Navigators.
The objective of the new positions is to serve as a liaison for First Nations communities and organizations requesting support and advocacy on NIHB issues. The Navigators will assist in providing information on...
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TO: ONTARIO FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES
FROM: HEALTH CANADA, FIRST NATIONS INUIT HEALTH, ONTARIO REGION
SUBJECT: WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION DECLARATION
DATE: JUNE 11, 2009
On June 11, 2009 the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared a pandemic. This decision was due to growing evidence that the H1N1 virus is now easily being transmitted to and among humans, resulting in increased and sustained spread of the virus in the general population. The decision to move to Phase 6 was the result of increasing spread of the virus worldwide with sustained community level outbreaks. It should...

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