Skidegate Community Program
UBC Trek 2010
“Look for opportunities and continue to work with community groups on issues of concern. Take a greater role in community initiatives.”
“Expand the study of aboriginal culture and history both in Canada and abroad, and increase the number of aboriginal students.”
Skidegate Dental CLINIC
The Haida Dental Project was developed in partnership with the University of British Columbia, Skidegate Band Council and Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch. This project’s purpose is to provide comprehensive dental care to residents of Skidegate and Old Masset. The dental clinic was constructed in the Skidegate Health Centre with funding from FNIHB.
Skidegate Health Center
UBC’s Community Dental Program model was created with the intention of providing access to cost effective quality professional dental and specialist services to the community members of Skidegate and Masset. We are applying for additional funding that will purchase equipment and supplies required, bringing oral surgery to the Skidegate Dental Clinic. The oral surgeon and anesthetic team will perform regularly scheduled days of oral surgery.
In 2002 the dental service was expanded in order to provide residents in the General Practice Resident rotation with additional educational experience. General Practice Residents provide ongoing care to the people of Haida Gwaii and also attempt to capture their prevention and treatment needs, as part of the development of a community dental health strategy. This strategy includes ongoing documentation and analysis of the projected cost effectiveness of this innovative and collaborative approach to providing dental services.
Objectives and Activities
The Skidegate Dental Clinic will provide professional dental treatment and educational service within Skidegate for the residents of the First Nations communities of Skidegate, Old Masset and Queen Charlotte Island by:
- Providing access to cost effective, on island, quality professional dental and specialty services to the community members of Skidegate.
- Providing access to certified specialists as required concerning dental needs of the service population as screened by the dental resident.
- Extending education through the curriculum system on Haida Gwaii on subjects ranging from oral hygiene, role of diet, cavity formation and effects of smoking.
- Developing a community based, culturally sensitive health promotion program.
- Instituting a quality assurance protocol and providing input into the development of the dental treatment service program.
University of British Columbia
Skidegate Band Council
Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch