Welcome to Volume 3 Number 2 of Pimatisiwin. Reflecting on the scope of the articles in this, the sixth issue of Pimatisiwin, we were reminded just how large and diverse the area of health and health research is for Aboriginal people. In this issue, there is a first-person account of the challenges an Aboriginal researcher experienced while working in her own community, as well as a piece that focuses on menopause from the perspective of Mi’kmaq grandmothers; there is an article that explores the notion of social capital in Aboriginal communities, and another that explores the area of Aboriginal youth mentorship programs. This issue also includes a critical look at ethics in research, and two important reports: one on the first urban-based Community Health Representative program, and the second on the outcome of a forum on Aboriginal Mental Health policy! We are pleased to offer, in this issue, such a diversity of subject area, voice, and approach.
We are Growing and Going Electronic in 2006!
In addition, this issue marks a change in Pimatisiwin’s offered format. Beginning with this issue, Pimatisiwin will be published on-line and free of charge. To make this transition as smooth as possible, the December 2005 issue (Volume 3, Number 2), is the last one that will be published in hard copy, and will be the first published on-line as well. The Spring 2006 issue (Volume 4, Number 1) will be the first issue published only on the internet. We are truly grateful to those of you who subscribed to this journal in its early stage, helping us to reach the threshold where we now can move to open access delivery. Thank you all for your important support through the growing pains! The first five issues will also be available on-line at the Pimatisiwin web site by January 1, 2006, at www.pimatisiwin.com. You will still be able to order paper copies of the first six issues (or specific articles) by phoning 780- 429-9324 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. These resources will be providedat cost, plus a small charge for shipping. For all of the future on-line issues, paper copies of the electronic issues can also be provided for those without access to the internet, again, at cost plus shipping. To ensure that the journal is reaching as wide an audience as possible, email contact lists will be compiled, to notify individuals of new issues.
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