Aboriginal dietitians in high demand. (Careers & Training).
There are currently only about a dozen Aboriginal registered dietitians registered dietitian,
n See dietitian, registered. across Canada Across Canada was an afternoon program that formerly aired on The Weather Network. The segment ran from early 1999 until mid 2002. The show ran from 3:00PM ET until 7:00 PM ET. , but that is slowly changing, thanks to a number of new initiatives aimed at attracting and supporting Aboriginal students who want a career in nutrition.
Marlene Wyatt is director of professional standards wit Dietitians of Canada Dietitians of Canada is the professional organization of dietitians in Canada. It has over 5,000 members. The organization is also the accreditation body for undergraduate nutrition/dietetic programs in the country. , the only national organization of dietitians in Canada. Among its other roles; Dietitians of Canada is the accreditation body for dietetic dietetic /di·e·tet·ic/ (di?ah-tet´ik) pertaining to diet or proper food.
1. Of or relating to diet.
2. internship internship /in·tern·ship/ (in´tern-ship) the position or term of service of an intern in a hospital.
n the course work or practicum conducted in a professional dental clinic. an university programs.
In order to become a registered dietitian, a person has to complete a four-year undergraduate degree “First degree” redirects here. For the BBC television series, see First Degree.
An undergraduate degree (sometimes called a first degree or simply a degree in nutrition or dietetics dietetics /di·e·tet·ics/ (-iks) the science of diet and nutrition.
The branch of therapeutics concerned with the practical application of diet in relation to health and disease. , followed by a 45-week practical training program or internship.
One of the projects Dietitians of Canada has been involved in is a dietetic internship program offered through Whitehorse General Hospital.
Kelly McQuillen is professional practice leader for the Yukon First Nations' dietetic intern intern /in·tern/ (in´tern) a medical graduate serving in a hospital preparatory to being licensed to practice medicine.
in·tern or in·terne
n. ship program.
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1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. McQuillen, the work to develop the Yukon internship program started in 1994 as a way to help one of the workers at the hospital to complete her requirements to become a registered dietitian. She had completed her degree in nutrition and had moved back to the community, but didn't want to have to leave again to complete her internship.
"So I was the only dietitian dietitian /di·e·ti·tian/ (di?e-tish´in) one skilled in the use of diet in health and disease.
di·e·ti·tian or di·e·ti·cian
A person specializing in dietetics. working there at the time, and the question was, 'Well, why can t you train her?'"
McQuillen contacted Dietitians of Canada to find out about its standards for internship accreditation, then set out to design an internship program with the support of a number of partners, including the Yukon Hospital Corporation Board, the Council of Yukon First Nations and the First Nations Health Program.
The program was initially offered as a pilot project, and was partnered with St. Paul's
"They had a lot of programs that could offer services that were linked to issues around First Nations health.
so they were able to provide nutrition services around things like diabetes and AIDS and renal renal /re·nal/ (re´n'l) pertaining to the kidney.
Of or in the region of the kidneys.
Relating to the kidney. health and cancer, that were large issues, at least within the Yukon population," McQuillen explained.
"It's really been a partnership," McQuillen said of the internship program, "because it came from a need from First Nations that they wanted to be able to train their own in the community"
Funding for the program has come from three major partners--the First Nations Health Program through the Council of Yukon First Nations, the Yukon Hospital Corporation; and the bands, tribal councils This page is about the administrations of Native American tribes and Canadian First Nations peoples. For details about Tribal Council on CBS's Survivor, please see Tribal Council (Survivor)
A Tribal Council or organizations of the individuals, applying for the internship.
"It's worked quite well in that there is support from the individual's community for them, to go, because they're funding that. There's support from the Council of Yukon First Nations because it's a First Nations focus. And there's support from the hospital corporation because it's linking to the communities and also, they're utilizing their staff and resources and commitment there."
Other partners that have joined the project since its inception include London Health Sciences, the project's new affiliation site, and the Yukon government.
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Mark blatant advertising for , using . . We have two more that are currently in the program. So seven candidates through the program. The five that have graduated are all working. And actually were working before they had their exams. They are very highly sought after by Aboriginal communities," McQuillen said.
"They've all passed the registration exam by their provincial registration board. So, in terms of the quality of the program, we're seeing a 100 per cent pass rate into their professional associations, and 100 per cent employment rate.
"I think that, certainly, it's built some capacity in the Yukon as well, because two of the grads from the program have stayed in the Yukon to provide nutrition services in the Yukon, which was the original intent of it. That's why two-thirds of the funding is coming from the Yukon for this program, was that we had a gap. We were having a hard time attracting people and of course all of the scarcity Scarcity
The basic economic problem which arises from people having unlimited wants while there are and always will be limited resources. Because of scarcity, various economic decisions must be made to allocate resources efficiently. of health professionals in northern communities and in Aboriginal communities. The key was to provide qualified nutritional professionals in the Yukon. And from that, we've doubled our numbers, in that we had two, and I think we've got five or six dietitians now, registered dietitians working in the Yukon," she said.
"The program downfall is that there is a tuition of $8,900. Most internships in Canada now Canada Now (more formally CBC News: Canada Now) is the early-evening national news program aired on CBC Television, the main English television network of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, between 2000 and 2007. are not charging registration. But again, that isn't generally focused on the individual paying that. We support them and work with them to secure funding through their band or through administrative structure. And we've been successful to date," she added.
The Yukon-based internship program offers a number of things not offered by similar programs in the south, including a strong emphasis on traditional medicine, traditional foods, and cultural sensitivity training.
"One of our interns went to Old Crow
Old Crow is supposedly named in honor of Dr. James C. , which is above the Arctic Circle Arctic Circle, imaginary circle on the surface of the earth at 66 1-2°N latitude, i.e., 23 1-2° south of the North Pole. It marks the northernmost point at which the sun can be seen at the winter solstice (about Dec. , for one of her placements. They've gone to fish camp and provided training to youth and stuff like that at fish camp. They've looked at providing traditional meals and cooking traditional meals. They do a huge section around access to food in communities, the cost of food in northern communities. They do stuff around access to wild foods and the food security/safety issues around that . . . So I think they get a focus that isn't in any of the other programs."
In addition to its involvement with the Yukon internship program, Dietitians of Canada has also been working on developing another internship program to be offered in the north.
"It's going to be an internship program in northern communities, with a First Nations focus, so that again students would get exposure to, depending on where it is, obviously, First Nations or Inuit health. For the first part it's going to be First Nations, because it's going to be in the sort of near north," Wyatt said.
The organization is also working on other initiatives designed to attract and support Aboriginal people wanting to become dietitians, through an Aboriginal net work of member dietitians.
"They're doing some other innovative things to try and get members connected for mentorship of students and that kind of thing," Wyatt said.
One of the people coordinating the Aboriginal network initiatives is Bernadette deGonzague, who is currently working as a community dietitian with the Wikwemikong Health Centre on Manitoulin Island Manitoulin Island is a Canadian island in Lake Huron, the world's largest freshwater lake island. Geography and geology
With an area of 2,766 km² (1,068 square miles), it is the 174th largest island in the world, and Canada's 31st largest island. . She and fellow Aboriginal nutritionist nu·tri·tion·ist
One who is trained or is an expert in the field of nutrition.
nutritionist Dietitian, see there Laurie Nicholas, who works as a community nutritionist with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, started the Aboriginal network last year.
"What we would like to do really, ideally, is to try and encourage more Aboriginal students to come into the field," deGonzague said. "I think there's going to be a lot of job opportunities in the future. Just in the field in general, there's over 30 jobs right now in Ontario. But I think as more and more communities undergo health transfers, or start more of their own health care, I think there's going to be a lot more opportunities in the communities for dietitians. Where I work right now, when I first moved to Manitoulin, there was only one dietitian. And now there's four, two of them working with the First Nations communities on Manitoulin. And I know that there have been a number of job opportunities."
If you're interested in finding out more about careers in dietetics, deGonzague suggests you should start by finding out if there's a dietitian in your community, then going out and speaking to them.
Additional information about careers in dietetics or nutrition can be found online, by visiting the Dietitians of Canada Web site at www.dietitians.ca, or the Web site of the Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment at http:// www.cine.mcgill.ca.
For more information about the Yukon First Nations dietetic internship program, e-mail kelly McQuillen at email@example.com, or Laura Salmon with the First Nations Health Program at Whitehorse General Hospital at firstname.lastname@example.org.