Tuesday, November 1

8 am to 4 pm

Important: The pre-conference workshops are not included in the conference activities. If you would like to attend one of these workshops, you must register and pay for it separately to the conference. Please visit the pre-conference workshop page for details.


Tuesday, November 1 
  • 2:00 – 6:00 pm Registration
  • 1:00 – 4:00 pm Movie Screening and Conversation with Dr. Esther Tailfeathers

    Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy (Kímmapiiyipitssini is a Blackfoot word meaning “giving kindness to each other”) In Conversation with Dr. Esther Tailfeathers the lead participant in the movie Dr. Esther Tailfeathers, Doctor, Kainai First Nation and Medical Lead for the Population, Public and Indigenous Health Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services In recognition of her substantial contribution to improved Indigenous healthcare in Canada, Dr. Tailfeathers was the recipient of the 2019 Royal College Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award.

  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm Meet and Greet for FNHMA Students

    Individuals who have taken FNHMA course(s) during 2020 – 2022 through the online hybrid cohort, are invited to gather with other students during this informal “meet and greet” gathering! Come connect with your old classmates and meet many for the first time in-person!  Snacks and drinks will be served. 

  • 5:00 – 7:00 pm Opening Reception with Exhibitors and Artisans

    Performance by: Fawn Wood, Cree and Salish musician from St. Paul, Alberta
    Fawn is most noted for her album Kakike, for which she won the Juno Award for Traditional Indigenous Artist of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2022. Traditional Indigenous Artist of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2022.

Wednesday, November 2 
  • 7:00 am - 4:00 pm Registration
  • 7:00 - 8:00 am Wellness Activities

    Start your day off right with a wellness activity! Join an FNHMA staff member for a morning walk or Amanda Fox, FNHMA’s Education Assistant for a PowWow workout! Either activity is sure to leave you with a great sense of wellbeing and full of energy for the day.

  • 7:30 - 8:00 am Sunrise Ceremony
  • 8:00 - 9:00 am Networking Breakfast with Exhibitors and Artisans
  • 9:00 – 9:30 am Prayer / Greetings/ Welcome
  • 9:30 - 10:30 am Opening Plenary Keynote
  • 10:30 – 11:00 am Health Break with the Exhibitors and Artisans
  • 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Concurrent Workshops
  • Workshop A - YSAC LIFE IS SACRED: Life Promotion Training Program (Youth Solvent Addiction Committee)

    Suicide rates among Indigenous populations still exceed that of the national average, and most alarming is that the younger indigenous population between the ages of 15-29 are the most vulnerable.  YSAC’s Life is Sacred life promotion training program is a 12-unit national training program. This comprehensive community-based life promotion initiative utilizes an existing body of work (culturally based suicide fact sheets) which was developed in 2011 by a national committee of First Nations and Inuit health practitioners. This program is certified through the Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC), and is based on the perspective, experience, and knowledge of Indigenous communities throughout turtle island. The 12-units include: Introduction; Myths & Facts; Decreasing Stigma; Colonization; Risk Factors; Media Guidelines; Warning Signs; Engaging Youth; Why Youth Seek Help; Protective Factors; Getting Help for Someone; and Helper Self-Care. Learning objectives include suicide is preventable, understanding what suicide is, underlying reasons for suicide, warning signs, and protective factors in preventing suicide. This training provides community-based workers with the skills and confidence to recognize suicide warning signs and how to take appropriate early intervention. Speakers will engage the participants with some condensed portions of the program to allow them to experience what the full two-day training would offer. 
    Speakers: Elder Harry Francis, Leading Thunderbird Lodge
    Karen Main Associate Director, YSAC
    Melvin Taypotat, Outreach/Intake Worker, Leading Thunderbird Lodge

  • Workshop B - Building Partnerships and Relationships for Maximizing Advocacy Efforts

    First Nation Health Managers are advocates for improving the wholistic wellness of people in communities. Their relationships with clinical staff, chief and council, and regional health authorities, are imperative but what are the best paths to build and foster relationships beyond their community? We are currently witnessing a growing momentum of non-Indigenous organizations seeking to work in partnership with First Nation communities and representatives from medical-related institutions, pharmaceutical companies, academia, amongst others are pursuing engagements with First Nations. This workshop will help identify positive reconciliatory actions vs self-interested capitalist conduct and outline healthy culturally grounded initiatives that focus on improving First Nations’ wellness. The speaker will provide a recent example of lessons learned from a mutually beneficial relationship that has led to expanded advocacy opportunities. This workshop will be interactive, provide effective partnership recommendations and explore potential outcomes from strengths-based associations.
    Speaker: Melanie Morningstar, Associate Director, Assembly of First Nations

  • Workshop C - Attraction and Retention in “The Great Resignation” Era

    Successful attraction and retention in todays’ environment has become ultra-competitive in the pandemic era. Consequently, attracting and hiring qualified candidates and retaining them as committed employees, has been negatively impacted by the current environment where job seekers are able to pick and choose where they work and current employees leave to accept external jobs at organizations with working conditions and organizational cultures that best meet their personal and professional needs. Developing a robust and flexible attraction and retention process will ensure that managers select the right candidates for the right jobs, and manage those employees in a respectful and forward-looking manner. Underlying this is the need for a healthy organizational workplace culture that aligns with organizational vision, mission and values, and where employees are valued as integral to organizational success. This session will provide you with an overview of an effective attraction and retention process and how to ensure that qualified candidates are vetted appropriately throughout the interview process, are onboarded correctly to prepare them for the work their job requires, and supported throughout their employment to allow them to do their jobs to the best of their ability, which will result in long-term, satisfying and committed employment relationships.  This workshop is designed for managers who have recruitment and supervisory responsibilities, who have some human resource management experience, and who wish to learn more about attraction and retention and how, when done effectively, is critical for the attraction and retention of qualified, committed employees.  
    Speaker: Robin Henry, Two Eagles HR Consulting  

  • Workshop D - Workshop information is pending
  • 12:30 – 2:00 pm Luncheon and Presentation
  • 2:00 – 3:30 pm Concurrent Workshops
  • Workshop E - Workshop information is pending
  • Workshop F - A FOCUS on Strengths – An Indicator Tool for First Nations Wellness 

    How would you explain “wellness” in your community? What represents “culture”? What is changing peoples’ lives?  Understanding these are the reason why we seek indicators. They help us determine how our communities are becoming healthier, how we’re honouring our culture, and clarify what is making a difference.  Using indicators has been described as using a “two-eyed seeing approach to answering our own questions”. Although the terminology is a western term, the spirit of indicators represents how we understand community and identify what makes us stronger. Indicators help us make sense of what is happening, which makes it easier to create plans.   As your community plans for health and wellness, do you need help with indicators?  The FNHMA is pleased to offer a newly developed resource – A FOCUS on Strengths – An Indicator Tool for First Nations Wellness.   Join us for a workshop that will introduce the Indicator Tool and discuss how it can be used in your community.  
    Speaker: Lori Keith, CFNHM, Special Projects Advisor, First Nations Health Managers Association 

  • Workshop G - Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire: Preventing Further Harm in First Nations Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response

    This workshop will use interactive role play of an imminent wildfire approaching a First Nation community to build core management competencies and skills specific to culturally safe emergency preparedness and disaster response. A brief examination of colonial policies and racist practices that undermine the safety of First Nation communities in natural disasters will be followed by the role play. Participants will work in teams to build a disaster response using Indigenous knowledge and First Nations’ control. Participants will be provided leadership skills across a range of management roles (operations, planning, logistics/finance, safety/risk management, communications, and liaison). They will then practice these skills in a full management team with the task of developing their coordinated disaster response. This exercise increases interaction and interprofessional learning among participants. The objectives of the workshop are to build skills in culturally safe emergency preparedness and disaster response, and core competencies in leadership and governance, professionalism, partnerships, health services delivery, quality improvement, planning, and communication. Embedding these skills within a culturally safe approach to emergency preparedness and disaster response will ensure participants have take-away tools relevant to specific challenges First Nation communities face.
    Speakers: Alana Kehoe, Research Assistant, Health Equity Action Research Team, Western University
    Danielle Robinson, Senior Advisor, Indigenous Relations, Canadian Red Cross and member of the Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation (Ontario)
    Lloy Wylie, Associate Professor, Public Health, School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University

  • Workshop H - Moving Toward Cultural Safety in the Dental Clinic

    This workshop aligns with FNHMA’s core competencies of health services delivery and advocacy through innovative practices. Dental services are not a covered benefit in Canada’s universal healthcare system and this can often result in a business-oriented approach to oral healthcare delivery. While registered First Nations’ individuals can receive benefits under the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program, the standard of care in dentistry is aimed to deliver dentistry to Canada’s dominant society. This method of delivery, in addition to Indigenous specific racism in healthcare can result in detrimental oral healthcare delivery in First Nations communities and this aligns with the theme of rise against racism! Presenters from the Indigenous Dental Association of Canada (IDAC) will share examples of their own lived experiences in dentistry, invite attendees to contribute to detrimental oral healthcare delivery practices, and lastly create an interactive session to reconsider contemporary approaches in dentistry toward culturally safe oral healthcare delivery for First Nations communities. This workshop will encourage attendees to rethink how oral healthcare is currently delivered, so that we can all participate in creating a culturally safe dental environment in First Nations communities.
    Speakers: Sheri McKinstry, Indigenous Dental Association of Canada
    Natacha Tanguay, Manager, Indigenous Services Canada

  • 3:45 – 4:45 pm Annual General Meeting (for FNHMA members in good standing only)
  • 5:30 - 6:30 pm Reception with Exhibitors
  • 6:30 – 10:30 pm Banquet, Awards Presentation and CFNHM Convocation
Thursday, November 3
  • 7:00 – 8:00 am Wellness Activities

    Start your day off right with a wellness activity! Join Jonah Keeshig, FNHMA’s Information Management Coordinator for a morning walk or Amanda Fox, FNHMA’s Education Assistant for a PowWow workout! Either activity is sure to leave you with a great sense of wellbeing and full of energy for the day.

  • 7:30 am - 12 pm Registration
  • 8:00 - 9:00 am Networking Breakfast with Exhibitors and Artisans
  • 9:00 – 10:00 am Welcome and Plenary Part 1
  • 9:45 - 10:30 am Opening Plenary Part 2 - Panel Discussion
  • 10:00 – 10:30 am Health Break... Last chance to visit exhibitors and artisans!
  • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Concurrent Workshops
  • Workshop I - Workshop information is pending
  • Workshop J - The Rainbow Connection

    Learn about the fabulous colours of 2SLGBTQIAP+ culture with The Rainbow Connection! This workshop will focus on diverse identities and relationships, intersectionality, and ways in which we can increase relationships and support for 2SLGBTQIAP+ folx. Within this interactive workshop, participants will learn the differences between sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. We will walk over the rainbow, understanding and creating meaningful connection to the utilization of pronouns and neopronouns. We will identify how we can support and nurture these relationships in a safe way. This will be the ultimate workshop for raising awareness of 2SLGBTQIAP+ culture! Take-away lessons and tools include:
    - Utilization of pronouns and neopronouns in a safe way.
    - The Binary - Participants will begin to understand the binary and how it impacts not only 2SLGBTQIAP+ individuals and communities, but everyone on Turtle Island.
    - Intersectionality - Participants will begin to understand a concept known as “intersectionality” and its importance when supporting resilient populations in different capacities. This includes Indigenous folx.
    -Gender identity vs. sexual orientation vs. -gender expression.
    - Increasing Allyship - Participants will be equipped with tools to bring back to their workplaces, homes and communities that support 2SLGBTQIAP+ individuals in a safe way.
    - 2SLGBTQIAP+ identities and healthcare systems.
    - Niizh Manidoowag - 2-Spirit - Participants will be provided with teachings of 2 Spirit folx and their roles and responsibilities within First Nations and/or communities prior to the process of Colonization.

    Participants will converse in dialogue, and will be invited to ask questions in a safe and healthy way, as well as watch self-shot short videos.
    Speakers: Bobby Hudon, Wellness Helper, Binesiwag Center for Wellness
    Mandi Olson , CFNHM, Vice-Chief Executive Officer, Binesiwag Center for Wellness

  • Workshop K - The First Nations Principles of OCAP®: A Framework to Support First Nations Health Data  Governance 

    The First Nations Principles of OCAP®: A Framework to Support First Nations Health Data Governance workshop will introduce participants to the work of the First Nations Information Governance Centre and will explore the concepts of First Nations data sovereignty, information governance and the Principles of OCAP®. Participants will learn how these concepts are relevant to the First Nations health management field and why they are needed. The history of research on First Nations, including stewardship of First Nations data and information, will be explored, with discussion opportunities for workshop participants to consider how these concepts apply within the work of First Nations health managers.  This session will challenge health managers to consider how research and data management is practiced in, by, and/or for their community, and how First Nations data sovereignty and the Principles of OCAP® can support quality, community-driven research and data for their health planning and programming.  Finally, participants will be introduced to information governance tools and will walk away with an understanding of the importance of data sovereignty and the Principles of OCAP®.
    Speaker: Kristine Neglia, Senior Manager, Education and Training, First Nations Information Governance Centre 

  • Workshop L - Disparities by Design: Addressing Racism in Indigenous Health

    Health leaders have prioritized dismantling anti-Indigenous racism in healthcare systems. One of the most important settings for this work is medical education. To bridge the healthcare gap, we suggest leaders address racist approaches, behaviours and teachings, some of which occur unconsciously. One method is to assess current medical education curriculum delivery of Indigenous health topics and anti-racism teachings as these shape the identity of our independent practitioners in medicine across Canada. This workshop will provide a brief overview of Indigenous health education topics in medical education and share experiences from the perspective of a First Nations person. The speakers will also explore anti-racism strategies that could be employed towards bridging the gap of Indigenous health inequalities by completing a group exercise and round-table discussions. The participants will leave the workshop with a better understanding of Indigenous health education topics covered in medical education and will be positioned to recognize essential components to evaluate Indigenous racism within their institution.
    Speakers: Amanda Larocque, Director of Health and Social Services, Gesgapegiag Health and Community Services, Gesgapegiag First Nation 
    Maddie Venables, PhD, Senior Research Associate and Academic Research Advisor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa 

  • 12:00 – 2:00 pm Luncheon – Laughter is the Best Medicine!

    Comedy by Native American comedian, Howie Miller is a First Nation descendant of the Cree Nation. He has performed at all the major Canadian comedy festivals including the “Winnipeg Comedy Festival”, the “Halifax Comedy Festival” and the prestigious “Montreal Just for Laughs Festival”. 

  • 2:00 – 3:30 pm Concurrent Workshops
  • Workshop M - Supporting First Nations Health Managers – Improvising Community Diabetes/Vascular Management Techniques

    Using a culturally safe and strengths-based approach, this workshop aligns with community self-wellness through a sharing of successful approaches specific to chronic disease management in First Nations communities. With the pandemic receding, focus will be to decrease fear of community members accessing health services from a patient and management perspective. Participants will be shown samples of culturally safe peer support group development, community screening approaches and other successful community diabetes/vascular disease management approaches. Audience engagement enhances dialogue and will provide an interactive dialogue in the workshop. This workshop will benefit health managers and staff working in small, rural, and remote communities who face challenges with limited community health resources. The speakers will also discuss how to develop a collaborative network of support for health managers and staff. Participants will leave the workshop with concepts to enhance community health services dealing with diabetes and vascular diseases.
    Speakers: Elaine Allison, CFNHM, Health Director, Wagmatcook First Nation
    Keith Leclaire, CFNHM, Director General, CLSC Naskapi and Member of the Kahnawake First Nation

  • Workshop N - Framework Policy on Continuing Care for Persons with Decreasing Independence: For and By Firsts Nations

    Local First Nations governments must cope with the aging of their populations including the needs of those who are faced with decreasing independence, while providing them with continuing care in their respective communities. In this context, six First Nation communities started to work on the development of a framework policy to guide the current and future actions of federal, provincial and First Nations government partners to implement continuing care for persons with decreasing independence residing in First Nations communities. In 2015, following a mutual agreement between those communities, the Chiefs Assembly of the Assembly of First Nations Québec-Labrador (AFNQL) passed a resolution to transfer the file to the First Nations of Québec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC). The purpose of the framework policy on continuing care is to put in place mechanisms to promote a holistic continuum of equitable services for persons with decreasing independence. To do this, a transparent and open process for improving the health and social services system in First Nations communities must be established and five main areas are targeted: 1- Accountability, roles and responsibilities; 2- Partnerships and information sharing; 3- Access to quality services; 4-Capacity-building and development; 5- Culturally appropriate services. In October 2021, the framework policy was ratified by the AFNQL.   In this workshop, speakers will present the framework policy on continuing care, the issues that it addressed, and lessons learned in its development, and they will discuss the implementation at the regional level and the local. 
    Speakers: Julie Duplantie, Services for Persons With Decreasing Independence Advisor, First Nations of Québec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC)
    Michael T. Horne, Manager, Home and Community Care Services, Kahnawà:ke Shakotiia’takehnhas Community Services
    Rosalie Sioui, Social Development Manager,  First Nations of Québec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC)

  • Workshop O - Supporting Healthy Housing

    A joint workshop with the First Nations Health Managers Association and the First Nations Housing Professional Association! In celebration of our recent partnership agreement, the FNHMA and FNHPA invite Health Managers to participate in a workshop to discuss how we can support housing managers and health managers to work together and learn from one another. Safe and healthy housing plays a vital role in the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities. But far too often, because of funding structures, a stretched workforce and siloed colonial systems, housing and health departments in communities do not work together. FNHPA will share the challenges and the strengths of their housing managers as they work to support healthy housing in communities so that health directors better understand the realities they face. Workshop participants will be asked to engage in dialogues to explore how health and housing could better work together, what knowledge gaps health managers face with respect to housing, how health directors can support healthy housing, and what tools would support them in strengthening their understanding of the housing landscape and building those relationships.
    Speakers: Candace Bennett, Executive Director, First Nations Housing Professionals Association
    Tabitha Eneas, Housing Administrator, Penticton Indian Band
    Donna Van Tunen, Housing Manager, Witset First Nation
    Selena Willier-Schmidt, Education Specialist, First Nations Health Managers Association

  • Workshop P - Workshop information is pending
  • 3:30 – 4:15 pm Closing Plenary
  • 4:15 – 4:30 pm Wrap-Up and Draw for Prizes
  • 4:30 pm Closing Prayer