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People in Remote, Rural Northern Communities

Aboriginal Food Security in Northern Canada: An Assessment of the State of Knowledge

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Contents

I Introduction
II The Panel’s Approach to the Assessment
III Key Findings
IV Promising Practices to Build Food Security, Food Sovereignty, Health, and Wellness
V Conclusion

Submitted by Council of Canadian Academies

I Introduction

Planning and Integration Specialist, South West Local Health Integration Network

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London, Ontario
Deadline August 9, 2012

The South West Local Health Integration Network  (LHIN), is one of 14 local organizations that have been created in Ontario to plan, coordinate and fund local health services, including hospitals, community care access centres (CCACs), long-term care homes, community health centres (CHCs), community support service agencies, and mental health and addictions agencies. The office of the South West LHIN is located in London, Ontario.

Canadian Institute for Health Information

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Canadian Institute for Health Information is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides essential data and analysis on Canada’s health system and the health of Canadians. CIHI tracks data in many areas, thanks to information supplied by hospitals, regional health authorities, medical practitioners and governments. Other sources provide further data to help inform CIHI’s in-depth analytic reports. The CIHI website includes research and reports, data and standards at http://secure.cihi.ca/cihiweb/splash.html.

Ontario Rural Council

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The Ontario Rural Council acts as a catalyst for rural dialogue, collaboration, action and advocacy, and offers a vital venue for the province's collective rural voice. Individually, each of TORC’s members shares a commitment to healthy, vibrant rural communities, businesses and organizations. Collectively, it identifies and discusses complex rural issues through a collaborative approach that ultimately serves to strengthen the rural voice in Ontario and communicates to the province's policy- and decision-makers.

Gateway Rural Health Research Institute

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The Gateway Rural Health Research Institute is the brainchild of a group of residents and healthcare professionals in a rural Ontario community in Huron County who propose to create a centre to research healthcare issues in rural populations, the first community-driven rural research centre in Canada. Most of healthcare-related research conducted in Canada and elsewhere is based on results of surveys taken of test populations close to large urban medical centres of learning or practice, with projections of results for rural sector populations.

Health status and resources of rural homeless women and children

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The purpose of this research is to describe the health status and health resources for women and children who are homeless in a Midwestern rural community. A group of 31 rural homeless women in a shelter participated in the study by answering questions on the Rural Homeless Interview developed by the investigators. The findings revealed higher than expected rates of illness, accidents, and adverse life events, with the incidence of substance abuse and mental illness being comparable to data from other homeless populations.

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