Pre-conference Workshops

FNHMA is offering 3 pre-conference workshops this year. It is important to note that if you would like to participate in one of the pre-conference workshops, you must complete the registration form for these and remit it with payment, in addition to your conference registration and payment.  


FNHMA Member $595
Non Member  $745

OnlineClick here to register online.

Email – Click here to download a copy of the registration form in PDF format. Please complete and return your form by email.

PCW 1 – Health and Wellness Planning: CORE Essentials

While all communities benefit from creating and implementing a robust Health and Wellness Plan, not all communities are ready to develop a full comprehensive plan.

If this describes your community, FNHMA is excited to share our newest planning guide, Health and Wellness Planning: CORE Essentials. This guide will support communities in the earlier stages of their planning journey by offering a simplified values-based process to defining your health priorities, setting goals, and measuring the progress of your efforts. 

This hands-on workshop will be the first introduction to this draft guide – join us to share your feedback and add your insights!
Facilitator: Lori Keith, CFNHM, Special Projects Advisor, First Nations Health Managers Association

PCW 2 – Becoming Trauma Informed: Approaches to Enhance Understanding and Practice

Learning objectives for the workshop:
1. Recognizing behaviours that indicate Trauma experiences
2. Tools to recognize trauma and promote wellness through core workforce needs
3. Skills to facilitate a compassionate response & support self-care
4. Self-care experiences
5. Self-care packages
Burnout remains a crisis among the workforce serving First Nations, and the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for systemic responses to create resilience and attain wellness.  Throughout the pandemic, First Nations have increased their efforts in responding to the impact of trauma and toxic stress which we know impacts physical, spiritual, mental, emotional wellness. We know that left unattended, these impacts can also continue across the lifespan.
The terms trauma-informed care; or trauma-informed, trauma-responsive, and trauma-sensitive approach are used broadly to describe activities by health and social services that seek to prevent and treat the impact of trauma and toxic stress and to support and build resilience. The specific activities associated with trauma-informed approaches vary considerably as well.  This workshop will offer an opportunity to develop awareness in using basic tools, develop skills and practice self-care.
Five core values underpin a trauma informed approach:  safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, and a belief in the strengths of self and others.  This workshop will demonstrate these values in experiences designed to support you with tools and skills for living with trauma.

This workshop will share practice-based evidence, along with culture and Indigenous knowledge that inform specific exercises designed to help participants to synthesize their learning for ways it can be applied in self-care and in their work environments.
Facilitator: Carol Hopkins, Chief Executive Officer, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation


PCW 3 – Performance Management in Practice

Performance Management is ensuring that managers and employees are focused and aligned towards organizational vision, mission and values. This workshop will provide you with an overview of the performance management process and how to integrate performance objectives, critical success factors, and key performance indicators, into a performance management process. It is critical for organizational and individual success because there is a clear and immediate correlation between effective performance management and the successful achievement of organizational goals and objectives. A robust performance management process, then, is essential for leading, managing, evaluating and building human resource capacity for achieving organizational goals and objectives. Underlying the performance management process is an employment relationship that is based on trust which, in turn, is built upon respectful and forward-looking communication, and a healthy organizational culture.

Through the direct experience of the facilitator in theoretical and practical applications of the human resources function in First Nations environments, you will be able to define the key concepts associated with performance management, develop an understanding of the principles of effective performance management, and the application of best practices, job coaching, job competencies and capacity building, effective leadership and management and the respective roles and responsibilities of you and your direct reports, performance evaluation and acknowledgement, and the foundational role of organizational culture in the performance management process. Going forward, you will be able to plan effectively for current and future needs, develop future and existing high-performers and manage performance effectively, to allow you and your direct reports to do your respective jobs to the best of your abilities.

This workshop is designed for managers who have supervisory responsibilities, who have some human resource management experience, and who wish to learn more about the performance management process to enhance organizational success. The workshop will include short videos, case studies and simulation exercises.
Facilitator: Robin Henry, Two Eagles HR Consulting