In January 2017, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Atlantic Regional Office contracted the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network Atlantic Research Centre (UAKN Atlantic) to carry out two national webinars and five follow-up workshops across Atlantic Canada. The purpose of these knowledge mobilization activities was to share lessons learned and promising practices identified in UAKN Atlantic funded research, which focused on deepening our collective understanding of and support for urban Aboriginal children, their families and caregivers. Contract activities also highlighted programs and services designed to support Labrador’s Indigenous populations. The project events took place over a 31-day period. After the webinars, customized follow-up workshops took place in Moncton, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Happy Valley–Goose Bay, Labrador; St. John’s, Newfoundland; and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Approximately 195 persons attended the webinars and 135 attended the workshops. In addition to generating lists of lessons learned and promising practices, northern and urban Aboriginal community groups, PHAC, and the UAKN Atlantic established future roles they could assume to better support Aboriginal children, their families and caregivers. Knowledge gaps and ongoing community-driven research opportunities were also identified.
Final Report available here: UAKN Atlantic PHAC Sharing Lessons Learned Report 2017