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Aboriginal Health &
Cultural Diversity Glossary

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undernutrition:
“Undernutrition is deficient bodily nutrition due to inadequate food intake or faulty assimilation; word undernutrition dates back to only 1889” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2003).

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Unemployment Rate Index (URI):
“Unemployment Rate Index (rate of Aboriginal unemployment divided by the rate of unemployment among the general population, multiplied by 100), (Mendelson & Battle 1999; cited in Kendall, 2001).

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University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), 1990:
“Founded in 1990, UNBC had a unique genesis: 16,000 individuals from across northern British Columbia, many of them Aboriginals, paid $5 each to petition the province for a new university. From the outset, serving First Nations students was a key priority. And while only about 10 per cent of the 3,500 enrolled are Aboriginal, their presence is keenly felt throughout the campus. Carved out of the bush on a hill overlooking Prince George, UNBC is replete with cedar, birch and fir beams supporting high-vaulted glass ceilings that suffuse the hallways with natural light. Indian prints and Inuit soapstone carvings abound; other Aboriginal handiwork can be seen in everything from the finely carved doors of the University Senate to the Chancellor's ceremonial chair, which features representations of the thunderbird, frog, beaver, grouse, fireweed, owl, eagle and killer whale" (Bergman, 2002).

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University of Saskatchewan:
University of Saskatchewan, College of Nursing “A focus of the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan are in the areas of Aboriginal health, forensic health, rural health and primary health” (University of Saskatchewan, 2003).

University of Saskatchewan:
Online Course, “NURS 483.3, Cultural Diversity and Aboriginal Health, began being offered on WebCT, spring/summer 2003, as a required course in the Post Registration Program BSN, College of Nursing, at the University of Saskatchewan, with a 49 student enrolment” Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) initiative project grant warded in 2001” (Kent-Wilkinson, 2003).

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University of Saskatchewan (peer institutions):
“Peer institutions: University of British Columbia, University of Northern British Columbia, University of Manitoba, University of Northern Arizona, University of Regina, University of Alberta, University of Waikato, New Zealand, and Lakehead University. These institutions are identified through research as they each focused on a unique aspect of the Aboriginal student experience.” (University of Saskatchewan, 2003).

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