UNICEF Canada collaborator Dr. Margo Greenwood named “Academic of the Year”
TORONTO, April 9, 2010 – UNICEF Canada congratulates Dr. Margo Greenwood, Academic Leader of the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH) and University of Northern British Columbia professor, for being named Academic of the Year by the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC. The honour recognizes Dr. Greenwood’s contribution to the groundbreaking UNICEF Canada report Aboriginal Children’s Health: Leaving No Child Behind.
In partnership with UNICEF Canada, Dr. Greenwood led an NCCAH team of national academic and community based experts to examine the social determinants of children’s health in First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. The research was published in Aboriginal Children’s Health: Leaving No Child Behind, the first Canadian supplement to a flagship UNICEF publication examining children’s rights.
The report concludes that Aboriginal children fare well below national averages in almost all health status indicators (such as diabetes and suicide rates) and in the determinants of health and well-being (such as poverty and access to clean water). The disparity in health care is one of the most significant children’s rights challenges facing our nation.
UNICEF Canada released the report to help Canadians understand why many Aboriginal children do not receive the services and good health outcomes enjoyed by non-Aboriginal children, and highlight solutions that promote the rights inherent to all Canadian children.
It was disseminated widely across Canada to political leaders at the federal and provincial/territorial levels, and to about 65,330 individuals, 265 organizations and 65 libraries of colleges and universities across Canada. Since its release, parliamentarians have engaged with UNICEF Canada to address the issues and Aboriginal leaders have cited the findings of the report in various advocacy initiatives.
For more information on the report and current advocacy initiatives, visit http://unicef.ca.