Media Advisory – Health Council of Canada Celebrates Promising Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health Program in Eskasoni

September 2, 2011

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release

What: Aboriginal mothers and children continue to face significant health challenges. Critical issues having a direct intergenerational and negative impact on Aboriginal health include poverty, colonialism, racism and residential schools. But despite these issues, there are programs that are making improvements to the health of expectant Aboriginal mothers and young children. The Health Council of Canada’s latest report, Understanding and Improving Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health in Canada, is a commentary highlighting the continuing health inequities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians as well as promising practices for change.

Find out about the many programs across the nation that are achieving positive change. Join the Health Council of Canada on September 7, 2011 in Eskasoni to see firsthand how one program, the Unama’ki Maternal Child Health Program, is making a real difference in the lives of Aboriginal mothers and children.

When: September 7, 2011
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ADT

10:30 a.m. Opening prayer
10:45 a.m. Speeches
11:00 a.m. Video: The Unama’ki Maternal Child Health program, premiere screening
11:05 a.m. Q&A
11:20 a.m. Closing prayer

Where: Eskasoni Community Health Centre
44 Spencer’s Lane, Eskasoni

Who: Sharon Rudderham, Director, Eskasoni Community Health Centre
Charlotte Jesty, Coordinator, Unama’ki Maternal Child Health
Ingrid Sketris, Councillor, Health Council of Canada
John G. Abbott, CEO, Health Council of Canada

Interview opportunities will be available following the event.


About the Health Council of Canada
Created by the 2003 First Ministers’ Accord on Health Care Renewal, the Health Council of Canada is an independent national agency that reports on the progress of health care renewal. The Council provides a systemwide perspective on health care reform in Canada, and disseminates information on best practices and innovation across the country. The Councillors are appointed by the participating provincial and territorial governments and the Government of Canada.

To read the report, Understanding and Improving Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health in Canada, visit:

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Carolyn Young, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations, Health Council of Canada, O: 416-480-7083

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