SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT – ICBOC professional certification administration process during the COVID-19 pandemic

To all our professional certification applicants and our certified members, please note that our Vancouver office is closed until the state of emergency that ordered all non-essential service workers to stay at home, is fully revoked.

During this time, we have arranged to pick up the mail sent to our Vancouver office every week. Laura is equipped to carry out all the preliminary tasks leading to the review and determination of new professional certification applications and/or certification renewals from her home office. Giselle is also equipped to finalize applications from her home office. This will therefore not cause delays in the processing of complete applications that are sent to ICBOC by regular mail.
We ask that you use the check list included with the applications, to ensure no required document is missing. Remember to include the payment of the fees ( http://icboc.ca/…/2020_Addictions-Certification-Fees_Eng.pdf ).

Please do not send us any document by fax (applications, separate forms, certificates etc..). We count on your support to maintain our normal certification processing time and trust that you will send everything to us by regular mail and in one single envelope. On our part, during this pandemic period, we will not charge any late fees and if your certification expires, we will keep your file open until you are able to renew your certification.

We are in the process of updating our website, so please verify the application package that corresponds to your situation here: http://icboc.ca/certification/list-of-certifications/ and at http://icboc.ca/…/icboc-certificat…/diabetes-certifications/.

We encourage you to call us first to ensure you complete the right application. We are still just a phone call away, and always welcome the opportunity to speak with you, if you need any information or have any question.

Our address has not changed:
ICBOC Registrar’s department,
#207 – 2735 East Hastings Street,
Vancouver, BC
V5K 1Z8
Tel: 604 874 7425 Toll Free: 1 877 974 7425
Emails: registrar@icboc.ca or admin@icboc.ca

Please do take care of yourself, your family and your community. We are with you in heart and spirit, to work together and hasten the end of this universal, unprecedented and dangerous viral disease.
Laura and Giselle

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Message à tous nos candidats à un agrément professionnel et à nos membres agréés.

Veuillez noter que notre bureau de Vancouver restera fermé jusqu’à ce que l’état d’urgence sanitaire de la C.B, qui a ordonné à toutes les personnes n’offrant pas des services essentiels de rester à la maison, soit révoqué.

Durant cette période, nous passerons au bureau chaque semaine pour aller chercher le courrier. Laura est équipée pour exécuter toutes les taches qui précèdent l’examen et la détermination des nouvelles demandes d’agrément professionnel et/ou des renouvellements d’agrément à partir de chez elle. Giselle est également équipée pour finaliser les demandes à partir de son bureau à la maison.

Ce processus n’engendrera donc pas de délai dans le traitement des demandes complètes qui parviennent au CAAPC par la poste régulière. Nous vous demandons de bien utiliser la liste de vérification qui est inclue dans les demandes, afin de vous assurer qu’il ne manque aucun document requis, y compris le paiement des frais d’agrément (http://icboc.ca/…/2020_Addictions-Certification-Fees_Eng.pdf).

Nous vous demandons aussi de ne pas envoyer de documents par télécopieur (trousses de demande, formulaires, certificats etc…). Nous comptons sur votre soutien, qui nous permettra de traiter vos demandes sans encourir de délais. Nous sommes confiantes que vous nous ferez tout parvenir par la poste et dans une seule enveloppe. De notre part, pendant cette période, nous n’appliquerons aucun frais de retard, et si votre agrément expire, nous continuerons à vous soutenir jusqu’à ce que soyez en mesure de renouveler votre agrément.

Nous mettons actuellement notre site web à jour, nous vous encourageons donc à toujours nous contacter pour obtenir les trousses de demande et autres documents qui correspondent à votre situation.

Notre adresse n’a pas changée:
Bureau de la Registraire
CAAPC/ICBOC
#207 – 2735 rue East Hastings Street,
Vancouver, C.B
V5K 1Z8
Tel: 604 874 7425 Toll Free: 1 877 974 7425
Emails: registrar@icboc.ca or admin@icboc.ca

Prenez bien soin de vous, de votre famille et de votre communauté. Nous sommes avec vous de coeur et d’esprit afin de hâter la fin de cette maladie virale, universelle et dangereuse.
Laura and Giselle

COVID-19, a message from ICBOC

March 20, 2020

Greetings to our Members,

We just wanted to let you all know that our thoughts and prayers are with you, during this very challenging time. This pandemic increases the challenges that people, families and communities confront when it comes to concerns about health, including receiving adequate services during very stressful times. We appreciate that if possible, you are staying home with family and other loved ones. We have received news from communities whose members are unified in their purpose to protect each other, and who can be cited as models to mainstream communities. We pray that all of you stay healthy, particularly the Elders in our communities.

We also want you to know that Giselle, Laura, and I are working from home, in an attempt to stay safe from infection, and not spread it unwillingly. We are fortunate that most of our work does not require travelling, and we have hardly any visits to our offices, nor do we provide what is referred to as “essential services.” We are picking up our mail at the office once each week, so there should not be much, if any delays in processing applications for certification and re-certification. During this period, there will be no late fees charged, and if memberships expire, we will continue to support you, until you are able to re-certify.

For those of you who are providing essential services on the front lines, know that we honour and admire your courage and commitment to helping others immensely. We pray that you stay healthy, so that your families are not affected, nor are those to whom you dedicate your lives to serve. There is no greater calling, than helping our fellow women and men.

We all look forward to the time when this virus is eliminated from our communities, so that things can return, to what will be a new normal. There will be many lessons to be learned from this difficult experience. May we all take this learning, and use it to improve the health and well-being of everyone in our communities.

A special thought goes out to those of you who have lost loved ones, friends, and colleagues, to this virus. May our Creator provide you with the strength, love, and perseverance, to endure this extreme hardship. And may our Creator bless those we have lost, and may they rest in the peace of the Creator’s warm and loving embrace, for all eternity.

All my relations,
Alan Podsadowski
Executive Director

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Le 20 mars 2020

Message à tous nos membres agréés et à tous nos partenaires et collaborateurs,

Nous voulons vous assurer que nos pensées et nos prières sont avec vous durant la période éprouvante que nous traversons. Cette pandémie multiplie les défis que tous, individus, familles et communautés doivent confronter, particulièrement en ce qui concerne leur état de santé, y compris l’accès à des services capables de gérer leurs besoins pendant cette période de grand stress. Nous espérons que, dans la mesure du possible, vous restez chez vous avec votre famille et ceux que vous aimez. Nous avons eu des nouvelles de plusieurs communautés dont les membres sont unis dans leur volonté de se protéger les uns les autres, et qui pourraient être citées en exemple à d’autres communautés non autochtones. Nos pensées sont dirigées vers vous pour que vous gardez tous la santé, spécialement les personnes les plus vulnérables de nos communautés telles que les personnes âgées et les Aînés.

Nous voulons aussi que vous sachiez que Giselle, Laura, et moi-même travaillons à la maison, pour nous protéger contre l’infection et ne pas la propager involontairement. Notre travail ne demande pas de déplacements fréquents, nous n’avons que de rares visiteurs au bureau, et nos services ne sont pas classés dans la catégorie des “services essentiels”.

Nous passons au bureau chaque semaine pour aller chercher le courrier. Ceci devrait engendrer un minimum de délai, sinon aucun, dans le traitement des demandes d’agrément ou de renouvellement d’agrément. Pendant cette période, nous n’appliquerons aucun frais de retard, et si votre agrément expire, nous continuerons à vous soutenir jusqu’à ce que soyez en mesure de renouveler votre agrément.

Vous êtes de ceux et celles qui fournissez des services essentiels de première ligne, nous voulons vous dire à quel point nous admirons votre courage et votre volonté d’aider les autres. Nos prions pour la santé de chacun d’entre vous, pour que votre famille et que ceux et celles que vous vous êtes engagés à servir ne soient pas affectés. Il n’y a pas de vocation plus noble que d’aider nos frères et soeurs.

Nous attendons tous le moment où ce virus sera évincé de nos communautés, quand les choses pourront revenir à un état plus stable. Nous tirerons certainement des leçons utiles de cette expérience. Peut-être pourrons-nous faire usage de ce que nous aurons appris pour améliorer la santé et le mieux-être de tous dans nos communautés.

Tous nos voeux à ceux et celles parmi vous qui ont perdu des personnes aimées, des amis ou des collègues à cause de ce virus. Que le Créateur vous accorde la force, l’amour et la persévérance qui vous aidera à traverser cette épreuve. Qu’Il accueille ceux et celles que nous avons perdu et les entoure d’amour.

Prenez bien soin de vous,
Alan Podsadowski
Directeur général

Brand New Certification Available for Workers in Diabetes

ICBOC is delighted to announce that a brand new certification is now available for workers in diabetes. For more information, just follow the link to http://icboc.ca/certification/icboc-certifications/diabetes-certifications/

On Thursday, November 14, 2019, at the annual event entitled “Honouring Our Traditional Foods,” which took place at the Mohawk Community Centre, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, the Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle (IDHC) became the first diabetes organization to achieve certification status for its training programs by the Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC). The very first certificate, acknowledging his many years of work in the field, was presented to Elder Robert Fenton at the event.

“I accept this award on behalf of my Grandmother. I would not be standing here but because of her guidance, support, encouragement and most importantly her love. Even though she moved to the Spirit World many years ago, she continues to guide, support, encourage and most importantly share her love with me.
She is the reason that I do what I do for diabetes and I will continue to do this work until I meet her again in the Spirit World and hear her say “Good work, my Grandson”.”

ICBOC’s President Receives Prestigious ‘Excellence in Health Leadership Award’

The Indigenous Certification Board of Canada is proud to announce that Keith Leclaire, Board President and Director of Health Services, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Akwesasne First Nation was presented with the 4th Annual ‘Excellence in Health Leadership Award’ on November 6th, at the 9th Annual First Nations Health Managers Association’s National Conference in Montreal.

Keith was selected by the FNHMA in partnership with the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) as the recipient of this prestigious award, designed to recognize those who have exhibited a sincere and long-term commitment as well as leadership in First Nations health management in Canada.

ICBOC board members and staff join all those who know Keith long personal and professional journey in fostering and consolidating Indigenous initiatives in community development, capacity building, management, policy analysis, evaluation and interpersonal relations. Keith looks forward to continue strengthening the partnerships between First Nation communities, provincial, federal and other Non-Government Organizations in the ongoing work to reduce and eliminate addictions and enhance health and wellness within First Nation communities.

Posted by First Nations Health Managers Association on Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Remembering Maurina Beadle, the Mi’kmaw woman who fought Canada on Jordan’s Principle and won

Maurina Beadle, a mother from Pictou Landing First Nation who took Canada to court over Jordan’s Principle and won in an effort to help her disabled son, has died.

“Maurina was a special spirit. A beautiful mother. And a fighter who held the Canadian Government to account. She helped change the reality for Indigenous families impacted by Jordan’s Principle.”

Read the full article published by here: Remembering Maurina Beadle

LAUNCH OF ICBOC DIABETES CERTIFICATION

On Thursday, November 14, 2019, at the annual event entitled “Honouring Our Traditional Foods,” taking place at the Mohawk Community Centre, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, the Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle (IDHC) is pleased to announce its most recent history-making program development. IDHC becomes the first diabetes organization to achieve certification status for its training programs by the Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC). For more information, visit www.icboc.ca/resources/publications/press-releases

 

MANAGEMENT TRACK ANNOUNCEMENT

REMINDER

TO ALL ICBOC POTENTIAL AND EXISTING CERTIFIED PROFESSIONALS: Are you interested in continuing on your professional development toward a career in Health Management? If yes, let us know about it and we will give you the information you need.

As sister and partner organizations, sharing the same vision of a confident, qualified and effective Indigenous workforce leading to healthy, vibrant and prosperous families and communities, the Indigenous Certification Board of Canada and the First Nations Health Managers Association have established a bridge between their two certification systems. This reciprocity initiative offers a innovative career continuum to ICBOC certified workers, based on a capacity development model responding to their needs and aspirations.

Two routes are offered to ICBOC-certified unregulated workers to take advantage of this initiative and to progress toward a career in health management:
1. At any time, ICBOC applicants or certified workers can register for ICBOC’s Management Track program (MTP). They can attend and complete FNHMA courses, which are all accredited by ICBOC, and apply the training hours towards their ICBOC certification, recertification or upgrades. The information on these completed courses are saved separately in their ICBOC file for future use towards enrolment in the FNHMA certification process.
2. Certified members who have obtained their ICBOC Specialist certification at level IV, as Clinical Supervisor or Team Leader can apply to FNHMA and ask to have their training portfolio evaluated in order to find out if some of these trainings can be considered as equivalent to those offered by FNHMA. FNHMA provides guidance to candidates as to what measures they must take to enrol in the FNHMA certification process.

If you wish to know more about the ICBOC-FNHMA Management Track Program (MTP) or to register, please give us a call at 1 604 874 7425

A milestone in Indigenous, state relations

Thursday October 24th 2019.

Dirk Meissner writes for Star Metro Vancouver

VICTORIA – British Columbia is set to become the first province to introduce human rights legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples ensuring Indigenous Peoples are full participants in all aspects of the province.

Grand Chief Ed John of the First Nations Summit says the legislation will redefine historical relations between BC and Aboriginal Peoples.

Among other things the declaration says Indigenous peoples have the right to determine their political status and pursue economic, social and cultural development; ‘a milestone in Indigenous, state relations.’

‘Doing Politics Differently’

Thursday October 24th 2019

Laura Kane writes for Star Metro Vancouver

Jody Wilson-Raybould is the latest MP to sit as an Independent in the Commons.

Citing electoral reform and Indigenous reconciliation as her priorities, how is Wilson-Raybould going to reach her goals in Parliament? She plans to support progressive legislation and attempt to improve or oppose bills that are not strong enough. Wilson-Raybould says, ‘It is important that we look at the nature of politics and how decisions are made,’ stating that members of Parliament should not be responsible to the prime minister or their party leader or unelected people in the Prime Minister’s Office.