12:00 – 6:00 pm

Registration for conference participants opens!

1:00 – 2:30 pm

Showtime! Join us for an afternoon at the movies.


The personal stories of survivor-warriors and their families offers audiences a nuanced understanding of the collective impact that inter-generational trauma continues to have on survivors of residential schools, their children, and their grandchildren. It will create a space for reflection and discussion so that the children and grandchildren of residential school survivors may respond to this shared burden of history, seek accountability and mitigate the cyclical nature of intergenerational trauma in their own lives and beyond.

WaaPaKe is directed by Jules Arita Koostachin. Jules Arita is an InNiNew IsKwew (Swampy Cree woman) and a band member of Attawapiskat First Nation located in what is now called northern Ontario. Jules was raised by her Cree-speaking grandparents in Moosonee, as well as in Ottawa with her mother, a residential school survivor-warrior. Jules has a long list of film directing credits including AskiBOYZ (2016 APTN), and the CBC shorts OshKiKiShiKaw: A New Day and KaYaMenTa: Sharing Truths about Menopause which recently won the Achievement in Documentary filmmaking award at the LA Skins festival. Jules carries extensive knowledge working in Indigenous community in several different capacities and these community experiences continue to feed her advocacy and her arts practice.

4:00 – 5:00pm

Student and Health Leaders Networking Event

In partnership with HEC, the FNHMA would like to invite all students, past and present, to share some snacks and connect with each other, the FNHMA education team and the FNHMA-HEC First Nations Health Leaders Network members. Mingle and get to know the Network members who will be available to chat and share their experience and knowledge as health leaders on a variety of topics.

5:00 – 7:00pm

Opening Reception with Exhibitors and Artisans

Cultural performance: Jennie Williams and Amena Harlick, Inuit Throat Singers
Jenelle Duval, Singer and Drummer, Eastern Owl
Becca Sharr, Fancy Shawl Dancer, Eastern Owl 



7:00 am - 4:00 pm


7:30 – 8:00 am

Rise and Shine Morning Walk

Participants are invited to meet in the lobby at the Delta hotel to go for a guided 30-minute walk with Daphne March from ShaMaSha. Daphne’s vision for ShaMaSha is to create a safe space where people can learn, heal, and connect with one another and the land through healthy eating, meditation, yoga, and traditional Indigenous practices.

8:00 am –
4:00 pm

Wellness Centre

The Wellness Centre is a safe space for our conference delegates. The area will be attended by our conference Elder Marjorie Muise who is a Drum Carrier. Elder Muise will have medicines to smudge, she will create ceremony, and she will share healing songs. Participants will also have an opportunity to receive a soothing neck massage, learn about meditation and yoga practices, and to find tools for achieving a balanced nutritional diet. Come explore ideas to help improve your overall mental and physical wellbeing!

8:00 – 9:00 am

Networking Breakfast with Exhibitors and Artisans

9:00 – 9:25 am

Prayer / Greetings / Welcome

Opening Prayer: Mi’kmaw Elder Marjorie Muise

Greetings: Andrew Bisson, FNHMA Board Member and Director of Health, Assembly of First Nations

Welcome (virtual): Louis Dumulon, Regional Executive, Indigenous Services Canada

David McLaren, CFNHM, CIL, President, FNHMA Board of Directors, and Health Director, Kebaowek First Nation, QC

9:25 – 10:30 am

Join us in welcoming back to the FNHMA National Conference, Canadian Medical Association Past President, Dr. Alika Lafontaine, who is an award-winning physician and the first Indigenous doctor listed in Medical Post’s 50 Most Powerful Doctors! Dr. Lafontaine will reflect on the past year of his Presidency of the Canadian Medical Association, the CMA Apology, his continuing championing of Anti-Indigenous Racism in healthcare and share his thoughts on the future of Indigenous Health in Canada. We will also ask Dr. Lafontaine to discuss the importance of reporting racism. This is a must see and hear plenary and we couldn’t be prouder of Alika’s representation for Indigenous Peoples and his tireless advocacy!

Keynote Speaker (virtual): Alika Lafontaine, Indigenous Physician | Healthcare Leader and Changemaker

10:30 – 11:00 am

Health Break with the Exhibitors and Artisans

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Concurrent Workshops

Empowering First Nations Health Workforce Through Data: An Interactive Workshop on the Importance of Data in Improving Indigenous Health Outcomes

The speaker will discuss the First Nations Data Governance Strategy (FNDGS) – what it is, its purpose and progress, and how it aligns with the work being done by First Nations health managers at the community level. The workshop will engage participants in an interactive dialogue and reflection on the importance of health data and information and explore and identify gaps, capacity gaps and challenges First Nations health managers experience with access and utilization of data at the community, regional and national levels. The workshop will also identify synergies with the FNDGS and the FNHMA to determine how the network of Information Governance Centres (IGCs) can support the First Nations health workforce and provide data, information and tools needed to improve Indigenous health outcomes.
Speaker: Donna Lyons, Data Capacity Development Manager, First Nations Information Governance Centre

An Introduction to the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation National Naloxone Training Program

Workshop sponsorsed by: Emergent BioSolutions Canada Inc.

Thunderbird Partnership Foundation develops training programs to support the First Nations workforce as identified training needs in the areas of mental wellness and addictions from front line workers. In the Fall of 2021, Thunderbird established a working group comprised of treatment center staff and regional partners as a response to First Nations challenges in accessing naloxone kits and the need for sharing knowledge and resources to support harm reduction approaches. Opioid/fentanyl poisonings and deaths are a worsening crisis in First Nation communities and providing a naloxone/harm reduction training program for front line staff that is grounded in culture and trauma-informed, supports their efforts to protect the sacred breath of life. The objective of the national naloxone training program was to develop a curriculum package that is relatable, experiential, and easily accessible and one that regions can adapt to meet their specific community/stakeholder needs. This interactive workshop will lead participants through an overview of the National Naloxone Training Curriculum: naloxone training, culture as foundation, decolonization, substance use and addiction, anti-stigma and harm reduction and Indigenous approaches to harm reduction (including land-based initiatives), and worker wellness, supports and self-care.

Moderator: Lori Keith, CFNHM, Special Advisor, First Nations Health Managers Association

Speaker: Mary Deleary, Training & Education Manager, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation

Embracing Identity and Culture for Community Wellness Utilizing Woodland Cree Knowledge

The cultural program at Lac La Ronge Indian Band works towards improving mental and spiritual wellbeing for families in our First Nations communities. The Woodland Cree people are working towards gaining the cultural values and practices that were lost through colonization. We are reclaiming our culture, traditions, spirituality and language by providing cultural supports and revitalizing our traditions and customs.

The workshop speakers will inspire participants to tap into their gifts, talents and skills and to find joy in expressing oneself through creative arts such as moose hide preparation, traditional food preparation, beading, and the gathering of food and medicines. These creative pieces of art result when the mind, the heart and the hands work together and remind people of their sacred responsibilities and boundaries, moral values and spiritual teachings to become central in their families.

The presentation will provide information on the various programming offered to communities and the positive outcomes of hands-on activities. The presenters will demonstrate medicine pouch making that participants can take with them.
Moderator: Darlene Anganis, CFNHM, FNHMA Board Member and Director of Health, Membertou Wellness Home, NS
Speakers: Theresa Charles, Culture Support Worker, IRS Program, Lac La Ronge Indian Band Health Services, SK
Oliveen Sanderson, Supervisor, IRS Program, Lac La Ronge Indian Band Health Services, SK

INDIGEGOGY – A modern look into the relevance of Indigenous Health Practices
(Presentation is not available)

Exploring the concept of INDIGEGOGY, bringing an understanding of the relevance of a First Nations approach to health practice.

Indigenous ways of knowing in relation to the health field, have been around for thousands of years, but it has not until more recent times that we are seeing these practices being considered relevant and being slowly brought back into professional health practice. Unfortunately, the presentation of these practices is being brought back through a narrow lens or worldview, of First Nations culture and historical reflection. The reality of our health professional landscape is that many First Nations health professionals are of a younger generation and are now highly educated. In turn this comes with a lot more questions and a different level of understanding. This workshop will provide this newer generation of health professionals with a different way of looking at our Indigenous Health practices, utilizing science and academics to bring relevance and understanding to age old practices in a modern day.
Moderator: Deridre Gerro, Director of Accreditation Services, Canadian Accreditation Council
Speaker: Craig Abotossaway, BSW, MSW, RSW, Executive Director, Mnaamodzawin Health Services Inc, Ontario

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Keynote Speaker: Dianne Lafond, First Nations Health Ombudsperson, First Nations Health Ombudsperson Office Inc.

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Concurrent Workshops

Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic Best Practices and Lessons in Community Resilience

This workshop will be the culmination of reports that were written by the task group on mental wellness (the Task Group), part of the COVID-19 Public Health Working Group on Remote and Isolated Communities. Task Group focused on the impacts that COVID-19 had on First Nations, Inuit, and Métis across Canada, with a focus on remote and isolated communities. The project began when the Task Group was assembled to provide insight and recommendations specific to COVID-19 impacts related to Indigenous mental wellness. This work has been ongoing since November 2020 and the subsequent reports focus on four key areas (the full print reports are also available for distribution): 1. Substance use treatment and land-based healing; 2. Life promotion and suicide prevention; 3. Workforce wellness; and 4. Family violence prevention.
The Task Group has gathered with and heard from community organizations to highlight community-led best practices in responding to the above key areas. The reports lay out recommendations and highlight wise practices with the intended purpose of supporting a paradigm shift towards a wholistic and equitable response to supporting and promoting mental wellness among First Nations, Inuit, and Métis across Canada. Ultimately, it is the goal of this workshop to provide participants with an understanding of the complex impacts that the pandemic had on Indigenous mental wellness, and wise practices to move forward. Based off this, those leading the workshop will guide the discussion through the FNHMA’s core competencies of Health Services delivery, Advocacy, Partnerships and Relationships, and Leadership and Governance. For as stated above this workshop seeks to demonstrate to participants how to build capacity, advocate for partnerships, and promote a holistic response to the promotion of mental wellness for First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples from coast to coast to coast.
Moderator: Patricia Thomson, CFNHM, FNHMA Board Member, FNHMA Board of Directors and Executive Director, Leading Thunderbird Lodge, SK
Speakers: Carol Hopkins, Chief Executive Officer, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation
Brenda Restoule, Chief Executive Officer, First Peoples Wellness Circle

The Path to First Nations Child and Family Services Reform

In January 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) found that Canada systemically discriminated against First Nations children in the provision of First Nations Child and Family Services (FNCFS) based on race and its narrow application of Jordan’s Principle. The CHRT ordered the federal government to immediately and completely overhaul the FNCFS program, to stop its discrimination and prevent its recurrence. At the direction of First Nations leadership, the Assembly of First Nations has been working with the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy to conduct research on a First Nations-determined approach to long-term reform of FNCFS. Long-term reform calls for funding that addresses drivers of overrepresentation such as poverty on-reserve and post-majority support services, capital infrastructure and the extra costs associated with remoteness. The research includes a bottom-up funding model and performance indicator framework that focuses on child, family, and community wellbeing. This research is key to ensuring that reform meets the orders of the CHRT, to end discrimination and prevent its recurrence.

The presenters will provide an overview of the research underway for FNCFS program reform, share the priorities identified by First Nations, and seek feedback from workshop participants on key components of the research.
Moderator: Donna Metallic, CFNHM, Chair, FNHMA Professional Development & Certification Committee, and Director, Listuguj Community Health Services, QC
Speakers: Ashleigh Delaye, Senior Policy Analyst, Assembly of First Nations
Lauren Doxtater, Associate Director, Social Development, Assembly of First Nations

Braiding the Knowledge – The National Indigenous Quality Improvement Network

This workshop will bring participants together to share their quality improvement (QI) knowledge, experiences and perspectives, and foster collective learning and innovation. The objectives of this interactive workshop are to gain a deeper understanding of the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) method and to introduce the National Indigenous Quality Improvement Network.
This interactive workshop will explore the potential benefits of sharing knowledge through the National Indigenous Quality Improvement Network and introduce the innovative PDSA library and explain how it can be used as a resource. The workshop will also discuss how the implementation of this network may enhance the continuous exchange of ideas between communities facilitating learning from each other.
Facilitators will present the steps for creating PDSAs that brought real benefits to their communities, followed by a period of questions. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the PDSA method, a continuous quality improvement process that enables change through iterative cycles of planning, testing, analyzing, and implementing changes.
This workshop will inspire new ideas for change and share the benefits of a QI network.
Moderator: Nicole Robinson, Director, Northern and Indigenous Health, Healthcare Excellence Canada
Speakers: Marie Jebb, RNBN, Primary and Clinical Case Manager, Opaskwayak Cree Nation, MB
Dawn Montour, Manager of Outpatient Care / Public Health, Tsi Tehshakotitsèn:tha’, Kateri Memorial Hospital Centre, QC

Part A: Indigenous Midwifery Education Close to Home
(Presentation is not available)

A team of Indigenous Midwives are creating the Indigenous Midwifery Education (IME) Framework, a community-based education framework that delivers maternal child health and midwifery education remotely. Our framework also involves one-on-one local mentorship with a visiting midwife.  This work helps to co-ordinate in-community mentorship with the current primary care system and clinical placements of more urban midwifery practices. The long-term goal is to return midwifery services to all First Nation communities and graduate midwives who are ready for entry-level midwifery practice. The shorter-term goals are to improve maternity care in communities, educate maternal child health workers and improve programming. Our strategy is to leave the current leadership / community health reps in community to continue to help while also providing them with on-the-job training. The majority of the midwifery education curriculum can be delivered remotely in conjunction with visiting midwifery alongside Nurse and Physician mentors already based in community.

Part B: Strengthening Data Sovereignty and the Need to Address Data Stewarding and Storage; A Case Study of Pregnancy and Birth Led by Indigenous Midwives

Midwives have played an integral role in communities for time immemorial, yet colonialization eroded First Nations communities of these important skills and roles. Today, few First Nations have integrated midwifery services within community, requiring most women/2S+ to leave the community to access pregnancy and birthing services. To date, we do not fully know the extent of impact this ‘evacuation policy’ has on individuals, their families, and the community. Small hospital closures and health care provider shortages continue to diminish rural and remote communities’ access to primary care and services. Social isolation, intergenerational traumas and anti-Indigenous racism in health services continue to contribute to the vulnerability and risk being experienced by First Nations people, including interference by child welfare services in the immediate postpartum and/or forced/coerced/involuntary sterilization.
A goal of these presentations is to present process, wanted and unwanted impacts for health managers, and the importance of engaging with midwives and researchers to build a knowledge base for evidence informed decision making around data and education as health managers.
Moderator: Kimberly Fisher, CFNHM, FNHMA Board Member and Health Director, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, ON
Speakers: Carol Couchie, Anishnawbe Midwife, National Council, Association of Ontario Midwives
Diane Simon, Community Engagement Research Assistant, University of Calgary, Health Policy Analyst, Association of Ontario Midwives and member of the Fort Folly First Nation

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 – 9:00 pm

Banquet, Awards Presentation and CFNHM Convocation

Cultural Performance: Wape’k Muin (Drum group)



7:30 am - 12 pm


7:30 – 8:00 am

Rise and Shine Morning Walk

Participants are invited to meet in the lobby at the Delta hotel to go for a guided 30- minute walk with Daphne March from ShaMaSha. Daphne’s vision for ShaMaSha is to create a safe space where people can learn, heal, and connect with one another and the land through healthy eating, meditation, yoga, and traditional Indigenous practices. 

8:00 – 10:30 am

Wellness Centre

The Wellness Centre is a safe space for our conference delegates. The area will be attended by our conference Elder Marjorie Muise who is a Drum Carrier. Elder Muise will have medicines to smudge, she will create ceremony, and she will share healing songs. Participants will also have an opportunity to receive a soothing neck massage, learn about meditation and yoga practices, and to find tools for achieving a balanced nutritional diet. Come explore ideas to help improve your overall mental and physical wellbeing!

8:00 – 9:00 am

Networking Breakfast with Exhibitors and Artisans

9:00 – 10:00 am

Welcome and Plenary Panel Discussion - Creating Indigenous Associations

The movement towards health transformation, devolution, transfer, and control is highlighting a ‘by us for us’ approach in pushing the creation of professional organizations under the broader Determinants of Health. The creation of Indigenous led associations has been a hot topic for many of us. This Indigenous woman-led conversation will reflect on our collective experiences on how to create an association. Join us to hear about the how, why, challenges and supports for the creation of these new spaces. Are you thinking of a professional association? Want some tips and promising practices? The panelists will share their experiences in network creation within the health, housing, and wellness fields.
Moderator: Lori Keith, CFNHM, Special Advisor, First Nations Health Managers Association
Brenda Restoule, Chief Executive Officer, First Peoples Wellness Circle
Carol Hopkins, Chief Executive Officer, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation
Melissa Spence, Project Manager – Health Directors Association, Southern Chiefs’ Organization Inc., MB

10:00 – 10:30 am

Health Break... Last chance to visit exhibitors and artisans!

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Concurrent Workshops

Accessibility and First Nations Misdiagnosis in the Healthcare System

The Accessible Canada Act (ACA) was introduced in 2019 and First Nations will be subject to the ACA in 2026. The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is advocating for an extension beyond 2026 to support engagements on Distinct First Nations Accessibility Legislation, to build accessible First Nations, and inform a draft accessibility/disability framework to address long-standing colonial practices that act as barriers to First Nations self-determination, mental wellness, and health.
This workshop will present legislative realities impacting First Nations and a draft accessibility/ disability framework will provide a lens through which to examine the impacts of intergenerational trauma, including discussions on the core issue of misdiagnosis in First Nations, which is built on a foundation of colonial diagnostic tools.
Accessibility in First Nations requires getting to the core issues of misdiagnosis and eliminating barriers that are created by ableism, systemic racism, inaccessible transportation, communications, built environments, and a lack of access to culturally strong treatments, and services and supports.
Participants will receive take-away lessons on accessibility, misdiagnosis, and disability assessment tools that do not rely on official diagnosis.
In a World Cafe setting, participants will be invited to conceptualize recommendations for changing the reality of misdiagnosis in First Nations and explore the value of a Two-Eyed seeing approach through a First Nations lens and a Western lens.
Moderator: Lorraine Muskwa, CFNHM, Vice-President, FNHMA Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, Bigstone Health Commission, AB
Speakers: Nelson Alisappi, Senior Policy Analyst, Assembly of First Nations
Marie Frawley-Henry, Senior Policy Analyst, Assembly of First Nations
Brenda Restoule, Chief Executive Officer, First Peoples Wellness Circle

Telling Your Quality Story: Looking Within to Support Your Quality Improvement Journey

This interactive session will provide participants with a step-by-step approach to identify strengths and areas for growth by retracing the quality journey of your organization.

This quality improvement approach will provide you with a structure that will enable you to initiate conversations that uncover the strengths in your organization and that highlight your community’s uniqueness and inherent knowledge. It adapts to different types of organizations, big, small, rural, remote or urban. It promotes understanding about how services are provided including from the client voice.

Participants will be introduced to a quality improvement tool, referred to as a tracer. Through round-table discussions, they will plan and explore how this tool might work for them and their organization, what questions to ask, what to look for, which documents to review, and with whom to engage according to the topic they want to explore or standards they want to meet. By the end of the session, participants will be able to make the tool their own, take what they need and use it to listen to staff, other leaders, community members, and partners tell their story of quality improvement.

Attending this session will also give participants an insight into the role of a peer surveyor for accreditation, who seeks to understand how they serve their community, celebrate what they do well and exchange ideas to make it even better. Participation in this workshop pre-qualifies participants as candidates to apply to become a surveyor with Accreditation Canada.
Moderator: Madeleine Drew, Project Director, Operational Excellence, Accreditation Canada
Elaine Allison, Health Director, Wagmatcook Health Centre, Wagmatcook First Nation and Accreditation Canada Surveyor, NS
Shelly Livingston, Health Manager, Netmizaaggamig Nishnaabeg and Accreditation Canada Surveyor, ON

How to Become a Certified First Nations Health Manager (CFNHM)
Are you interested in becoming a Certified First Nations Health Manager (CFNHM)? Are you interested in professional development? Join FNHMA staff to learn about the Certified First Nations Health Manager (CFNHM) designation. There are two pathways to certification: Courses and Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). FNHMA offers five exciting courses in First Nations health management that lead towards certification and FNHMA will recognize and honour the experiences that you already bring to your profession. Attend this workshop and we will walk you through the options available to you!
Moderator: Judith Eigenbrod, Director of Programs, First Nations Health Managers Association
Speakers: Aliesha Desjarlais, CFNHM, Education Specialist, First Nations Health Managers Association
Selena Willier-Schmidt, CFNHM, Education Specialist, First Nations Health Managers Association 

Retaining & Recruiting Indigenous Health Professionals
As a team of Indigenous health professionals and allies, we recognize firsthand the incredible demand COVID placed on individuals and teams. The impacts of COVID strained the already finite supply of health professionals emphasizing the need for communities and organizations to retain, recruit and support qualified health professionals successfully. The workshop will provide participants with the theory and tools to enhance health professional (both regulated and unregulated) recruitment and retention strategies that support communities to deliver, build and enhance programs and services.
Participants will be provided with practical tools and resources to support the recruitment process, such as interview templates, job descriptions, and reference check templates. Additionally, the workshop will highlight strategies to enhance retention, including employee engagement and support, professional development, and succession planning. The workshop will also address the unique challenges and opportunities related to hiring Indigenous health professionals, including strategies to attract and retain Indigenous staff and ways to support well-being in the workplace.
Moderator: Samara Lewis, Health Planning Specialist, First Nations Health Managers Association
Speakers: Tyler Geisler, RSW, MSW, Education Liaison, SE Health First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program
Michelle Monkman, MN, BN, RN, Program Lead, SE Health First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Luncheon and Presentation by Amazing Race Canada Participant Amanda Larocque

Speaker: Amanda Larocque, CFNHM, Director of Health and Wellness, Gesgapegiag Health and Community Services, QC

1:30 – 3:00 pm

Concurrent Workshops

Indigenous Knowledge Translation Process

Communication is one of FNHMA’s core competencies and knowledge translation is an important tool for communication and is a process that involves key steps: conceptualization, development, synthesis, adaptation, and exchange of ideas and information, with the expressed purpose of reflecting First Nations contexts. There is a need among health managers, health staff, government officials, and the private sector to better understand the process of knowledge translation to improve health processes and outcomes.
The speakers will deliver an interactive workshop on knowledge translation for health managers. The workshop will use case scenarios to demonstrate Indigenous knowledge translation processes: 1) concept of knowledge translation; 2) goals and evaluation; 3) strategies; 4) wise practices; 5) development; and 6) dissemination. Participants will learn how to apply the steps to create knowledge translation tools in health and mental wellness. The focus of this process-oriented approach is highly reliant on understanding wise practices among knowledge developers and knowledge users.
Moderator: Judith Eigenbrod, Director of Programs, First Nations Health Managers Association
Speakers: Carol Hopkins, Chief Executive Officer, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation
Tina Linklater, Regional Mental Wellness  Coordinator, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation

Delivering Turnkey Solutions for Primary Care in Communities

MNP, as the project manager, has been supporting Sts’ailes in the development of the Sts’ailes Community Care Centre (SCCC), a facility to meet the primary healthcare needs of the First Nation communities in the catchment area. Sts’ailes is also committed to the development of a community care centre that is aligned with the needs of the entire rural population in the region. By implementing a holistic, patient-centric medical and wellness services delivery model that blends the medical programs, services and practices of both the First Nation and non-First Nation peoples of the region, the SCCC will meet the medical and wellness needs of all residents who seek medical support and primary care services attachment.
The basis of the workshop will be to describe and explore ways that First Nation communities can be supported in this ground-up, one-of-a-kind initiative, from the capital planning and construction of the facility, to supporting the operational planning, staffing, and service planning.
The key takeaways that will be provided to workshop participants include a project profile that outlines all the key steps involved in developing a capital health project, along with all funding opportunities to support these initiatives and suggested processes and timelines.
The workshop will include a presentation component, along with question-and-answer period to engage audience members and solicit further conversation around capital health needs and supports.
Moderator: Selena Willier-Schmidt, CFNHM, Education Specialist, First Nations Health Managers Association
Speakers: Kristina Crooks, Consulting Indigenous Services, MNP LLP
Angela George, Clinic Director, Sts’ailes Community Care Centre, BC

Supporting the Trajectory of our Spirit: Living the Cree Pimatisiwin and Blackfoot Kipaitaipiiwahsinnooni (Our Spiritual Way of Life)

How do cultural, spiritual, land-based, and community connections from the time of birth impact the health and wellness of our children as defined by our Nations? Nation-based wellness indicators were developed for the Inninewok and Siksikai’tsitapii to measure the strengths of their unique Nations. The wellness indicators will help the Inninewok and Siksikai’tsitapii follow their Nations’ young throughout their lifespan.
As they examine the impacts on their Nations’ wellness, they see that culture and identity are determinants for community wholeness. Historically, health indicators utilize tools from a Western, deficit-based framework and are irrelevant to how they, as Inninewok and Siksikai’tsitapii, perceive their wellbeing. It is essential for them to measure what is working and how they return to their intended paths as Inninewok and Siksikai’tsitapii peoples. Grandmothers teach that the most critical years of instilling identity and pride are ages 0-5 years, and strong identity and pride lead to more positive outcomes later in life. This work aims to support wellness by taking back the roles and responsibilities of women, families, and Nations to provide access and knowledge of their Nations’ ceremonies to support life.
This presentation will review the process for developing the indicators within their Nations and the Nation-to-Nation relationships developed between the Inninewok and Siksikai’tsitapii peoples and the methods of using research to meet community priorities.
Participants will leave the session being able to apply their own process for developing Nation-defined wellness indicators based on the needs and protocols of their own Nation.
Moderator: James Bone, CFNHM, FNHMA Board Member and Health Director, Keeseekoowenin Health & Wellness Centre, MB
Speakers: Chyloe Healy, Statistical Analyst, First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba, and Member of the Kainai Blood Tribe
Valentina McKay, Associate Health Director, Misipawistik Cree Nation, MB

Supporting Workplace Wellbeing for Managers

FPWC will facilitate an interactive workshop grounded in Indigenous wholistic values, drawing upon insights from their Workforce Wellness Strategy. This workshop will highlight the multiple factors impacting overall workplace wellbeing and discuss shared responsibility at the individual, organizational and systematic levels, with a primary focus on supporting, identifying and enhancing aspects of workplace wellbeing for First Nations health services managerial and supervisory staff.
This workshop will engage participants using round table discussions, interactive media, reflection exercises, and collaborative solution sharing. Participants will have the opportunity to share wise practices, network with health professionals, and provide peer support. Attendees will be equipped with practical tools and resources for identifying, maintaining and exploring solution-focused workplace wellness strategies. This workshop is designed to reflect and honour the values and knowledge of Indigenous ways of being, while fostering culturally safe, well-rounded professionals in First Nations communities through the enhancement of communication, healthy workplace relationships, professionalism, and strong leadership skills.
Moderator: Andrew Bisson, FNHMA Board Member and Director of Health, Assembly of First Nations
Speakers: Anne Duquette, Program Manager, Mental Wellness Team Supports, First Peoples Wellness Circle
Maxine Peltier, Program Manager, Special Projects, First Peoples Wellness Circle

3:00 – 3:45 pm

Closing Plenary - Guiding Indigenous Youth Towards Flourishing: The Power of the 'Pathfinding' Guide and We Matter's Life Promotion Programs

Discover with us the new enlightening ‘Pathfinding Towards a Flourishing Future’ Awareness and Advocacy Guide, a groundbreaking resource meticulously curated from the diverse voices of Indigenous youth. Through collaboration with Indigenous researchers, youth, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and service providers who work with Indigenous youth, we have created this Guide to be used as a learning tool for service providers, policymakers, and any others whose work impacts the lives of Indigenous children and youth, including 2SLGBTQQIA+ young people.

We Matter introduces the heart of our mission: empowering Indigenous youth through life promotion strategies. Delve into how our initiatives create a ripple effect of positive transformation, nurturing post-traumatic growth and resilience within Indigenous communities. By offering resources and avenues for support, we’re not only enhancing mental health but also paving the way for a brighter future for Indigenous youth.

In this pivotal presentation, we explore how We Matter’s programs are far more than tools – they are drivers of life promotion strategies that uplift spirits, cultivate hope, and inspire growth. Join us as we delve into the transformative potential of the ‘Pathfinding’ guide and our holistic approach to fostering a sense of purpose and well-being among Indigenous youth. Be a part of this essential dialogue that propels us toward a more inclusive, empowered, and flourishing future.
Speakers: Jena Ashley, Communications and Engagement Strategist, We Matter
Lisa Neault, Financial Operations and Grants Director, We Matter

3:45 – 4:00 pm

Wrap-Up, Exhibitor Passport Draw

4:00 pm

Closing Prayer

Mi’kmaw Elder Marjorie Muise