Association between cannabis use disorder and self- and other-directed aggression

Cannabis is the most widely used drug worldwide. Data about the association of cannabis use with aggression is heterogeneous. The objective of the current study was to assess the nature of the association between cannabis use disorder (CUD) and self-directed, other-directed, and combined aggression. We used data from the National Survey on Drug Use and […]

Injury Prevention: a Guide for Aboriginal Communities

This guide has 3 major sections. The first deals with theory & discusses why injuries are an issue, the cost of injuries, the science of injury prevention & putting injury prevention in place. Section 2 presents 10 steps to community injury prevention programming, from identifying community issues to program evaluation. Section 3 examines 2 successful […]

Health and Welfare’s Community Mental Health/Child Development Program: Long-Term Prevention Programs in Mental Health

Dr. Wattie presented information on the community mental health/child development component of the “Brighter Futures Initiative”. BFI is a program which provides $145 million in funding to Indian and Inuit communities. D. Greyeyes stressed the importance of evaluating community abased mental health programs according to known models and current experience. W. Okeywaw described AVAC, a […]

Hobbema: Oil and Suicide (IN: The Dispossessed: Life and Death in Native Canada, by G York)


Native Suicide

This documentary looks at the suicide of a 16 year old Cree girl through the eyes of the other members of the Samson Band in Hobbema, Alberta. Although this reserve is the richest in Canada due to “oil money”, it has a suicide rate 15 times higher than any other. The commentator concludes that no […]

An Investigation of Suicide: A Report to Four Band Council

The Hobbema Native reserve community was studied to determine factors contributing to the unusually high suicide rate & to aid suicide prevention. Factors identified: a broken or weakened primary relationship in the family, lack of satisfying & effective communication between parent & child, transgenerational effects, alcohol & drug abuse, “toxic depressive crisis”, & the waste […]

Suicides at Hobbema: April 30, 1976 to October 31, 1977

P.J. Cummings, Nurse in Charge, Hobbema Health Centre, relates the circumstances surrounding attempted & completed suicides occurring on the reserve during the period Apr.30/76-Oct.31/77. Significant findings were failure to use counselling services, excessive substance abuse, family history of suicide, school drop out, unemployment, & family problems. The author makes recommendations for intervention in all areas […]