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Day 1

Tuesday, February 06, 2024

All times below are Mountain Time

Pre-Event

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08:30AM – 09:30AM

Blackfoot Foyer

Registration & Networking Breakfast

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09:00AM – 09:30AM

Online

Log In – Online Attendees

09:30 AM

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09:30AM – 11:30AM

Pre-Event Workshop A

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Professional Indigenous Ally Training Program

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The Indigenous Treaty Partners’ Professional Indigenous Allied Training Program is a cultural awareness initiative aimed at fostering understanding and cooperation between Indigenous communities and businesses. It is grounded in the principles of Truth and Reconciliation, with an emphasis on respecting Indigenous histories and contributions.

The program includes educational modules that cover historical treaties and Indigenous holistic health practices, promoting equitable trade and improved healthcare outcomes through cultural competence. This program is a stride towards economic empowerment and healthcare inclusivity for Indigenous peoples, underpinning the importance of their traditions and knowledge in contemporary society.

Corey Mattie
Founding Partner, Indigenous Treaty Partners (ITP)

Houston Barnaby, JD
Founding Partner, Indigenous Treaty Partners

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09:30AM – 11:30AM

Pre-Event Workshop B

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Program Evaluation within Palliative Care

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This workshop-style opportunity will engage participants in interactive learning to understand culturally relevant evaluation approaches and community engagement strategies that inform meaningful program planning and development.

Engage in dialogue, share experiences, and gain invaluable insights to build respectful, inclusive, and impactful approaches to end-of-life care.

Shelby Corley, MA, CE
CEO, Three Hive Consulting, Inc.

Event Opening

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11:30AM – 01:00PM

Blackfoot Crossing C&D FOYER

Registration & Light Lunch

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12:30PM – 01:00PM

Online

Log In – Online Attendees

01:00 PM

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01:00PM – 01:05PM

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Welcome from the Co-Chairs

Holly Prince, MSW, (PhD. Cand.)
Project Manager, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

Corey MacKenzie, RN, MN
Director New Initiatives, SE Health First Nations, Inuit & Métis Program

01:05 PM

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01:05PM – 01:35PM

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Traditional Opening from First Nations, Métis and Inuit Representatives

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The knowledge exchange opens with ceremony, guided by Elders and Knowledge Carriers, honouring the cultural richness of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples.

Commencing with traditional greetings and territorial acknowledgments, the gathering embraces a spiritual atmosphere that not only sets the tone for the conference but also reflects our commitment to cultural respect, diversity, and collaboration in the pursuit of shared knowledge and understanding.

Marjorie Flowers
AngajukKâk – Hopedale, Nunatsiavut Assembly

Elder Doreen Bergum
Métis Elder, Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3

Harley Crowshoe
Director, Indigenous Health Program, Alberta Health Services (Lundbreck, AB)

01:35 PM

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01:35PM - 02:00PM

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Opening Address from Indigenous Services Canada and Health Canada

Jocelyne (Jo) Voisin
Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Canada
(Presenting Virtually)

Robin L. Buckland RN; MSCN (Virtual Presentation)
Chief Nursing Officer, Director General, Office of Primary Health Care within First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Indigenous Services Canada

02:00 PM

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02:00PM - 03:00PM

Session 1

Blackfoot Crossing C&D

Grounding Our Experience in Indigenous Knowledges

Moderated by: Holly Prince, MSW, (PhD. Cand.), Project Manager, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

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Gail Turner
Former Director of Health Services,
Nunatsiavut Government, Northern Labrador

Diane Boots
Director, Lifting Their Minds

Shelby Corley, MA, CE
CEO, Three Hive Consulting, Inc.

03:00 PM

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03:00PM - 03:30PM

Blackfoot Foyer

Afternoon Networking Break

03:30 PM

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03:30PM - 04:30PM

Session 2

Blackfoot Crossing C&D

Advancing Indigenous Policy & Practice: Supporting a Journey Home When Seriously Ill

Moderated by: Corey MacKenzie, RN, MN, Director New Initiatives, SE Health First Nations, Inuit & Métis Program

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This session provides a foundation for the knowledge exchange and outlines the current policy frameworks being developed in Canada that pertain to First Nation, Inuit, and Métis people.

Tanya Nancarrow, Senior Policy Advisor at Health Canada’s End-of-Life Care Unit, will present the national Indigenous Palliative Care Framework and provide an update on the engagement on Indigenous perspectives on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD).

Jonathan Dunn, Senior Policy Analyst representing the Assembly of First Nations, will present the Wholistic Continuum of Long-term and Continuing Care: First Nations and Inuit-led engagement activities concluded in 2022.

Indigenous Services Canada has been working with the Assembly of First Nations and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami as leads on co-development since January 2023 with a commitment to return to cabinet with the co-developed options for a new and more wholistic long-term and continuing care framework and associated policy options. Development of the Métis portion of the long-term and continuing care framework will follow a different timeline than the First Nation and Inuit work, with a return to the cabinet for the Métis co-developed part of this work by spring 2025. The knowledge exchange will surface alignment with the palliative and MAiD initiatives.

Johnathan Dunn
Senior Policy Analyst, Assembly of First Nations

Katy Pintar
Director, Health Care Policy, Strategic Policy Branch, Health Canada / Santé Canada

JME Maxwell Presenting Virtually
Director, Financial Analysis and Organizational Management, Avaanz

Vanessa Follon, RN
A/ Director / Directrice par intérime, Home, Community and Preventative Care Division / Division des Soins prėventifs à domicile et en milieu communautaire, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch / Direction de la Santé des Premières nations et des Inuits, Indigenous Services Canada / Services aux Auchtochtones Canada, Government of Canada

Elise Ho-Foong Presenting Virtually
Principal, Socioeconomics and Facilitation, Avaanz

Tanya Nancarrow
Senior Policy Advisor / Conseillière principale en politique, Indigenous Palliative Care and MAID Policy / Politique de soins palliatifs et AMM, End-of-Life Care Unit / Unité de soins à la fin de vie, Health Care Programs and Policy Directorate / Direction des programmes et politiques de soins de santé, Strategic Policy Branch / Direction générale de la politique stratégique, Health Canada / Santé Canada

04:30 PM

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04:30PM – 04:45PM

Blackfoot Crossing C&D

Day 1 – Closing Remarks

Holly Prince, MSW, (PhD. Cand.)
Project Manager, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

Corey MacKenzie, RN, MN
Director New Initiatives, SE Health First Nations, Inuit & Métis Program

05:30 PM

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05:30PM – 08:00PM

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Dinner

07:00 PM

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07:00PM - 08:00PM

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From Laughter to Healing: An Evening with Don Burnstick

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With a comedy career stretching back over 25 years, Don Burnstick, a Cree from Alexander First Nation, is recognized internationally. Known for his jam-packed touring schedule, he brings edgy comedy and satire to thousands of people worldwide.

Don Burnstick
Comedian and Entertainer

Day 2

Wednesday, February 07, 2024

All times below are Mountain Time
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08:30AM – 09:30AM

Blackfoot Crossing Foyer

Networking Breakfast

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09:00AM – 09:30AM

Online

Log In – Online Attendees

09:30 AM

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09:30AM – 10:30AM

Session 3A

Blackfoot Crossing A

Policy & Intersectoral Collaboration

Pathways of Care: Legal Reform, Housing Initiatives, and Healthcare Partnerships in Indigenous Communities

Moderated by: Jessica L. Wyatt, BEd., MA, PMP, Knowledge Broker, Palliative Care Education for Indigenous Communities, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

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This panel will explore critical dimensions of care in Indigenous communities. Ryan Fritsch, Legal Counsel at the Law Commission of Ontario, examines the “”Last Stages of Life for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Law Reform,”” offering insights into legal considerations shaping end-of-life care.

Dr. Cara Bablitz, Métis Palliative Care Physician and founder of the Palliative Care Outreach and Advocacy Team, along with Lindsay Yarrow, Senior Program Lead at Healthcare Excellence Canada, and Juliet Foster, Indigenous Palliative Care Nurse Navigator at Alberta Health Services, will present on Health Care Excellence’s partnership with George’s House, highlighting collaborative healthcare initiatives to improve equity and access to palliative care for people who are structurally vulnerable.

Together, these perspectives create a rich tapestry of legal, housing, and healthcare approaches, fostering a deeper understanding of comprehensive care in Indigenous contexts.

Key Takeaways:

  • Gain insights into the legal considerations and reforms needed to enhance end-of-life care within Indigenous communities.
  • Understand the importance of housing initiatives in supporting the well-being and dignity of Indigenous individuals and families.
  • Gain insights into successful healthcare partnerships aiming to improve health outcomes and access to care for Indigenous communities.

Additional Resources
https://www.lco-cdo.org/en/our-current-projects/indigenous-engagement-for-last-stages-of-life/

Ryan Fritsch
Legal Counsel, Law Commission of Ontario

Juliet Foster
RN, CHPCN(C), Indigenous Palliative Nurse Navigator

Lindsay Yarrow, MSW, RSW, MSc, CHE
Senior Program Lead / Responsable principale de programme, Healthcare Excellence Canada | Excellence en santé Canada

Dr. Cara Bablitz (MD)
Physician, University of Alberta, Department of Family Medicine, Indigenous Wellness Clinic, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Founder, George’s House

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09:30AM – 10:30AM

Session 3B

Blackfoot Crossing B

Education & Transformative Practices

Innovations in Palliative Care: A Multifaceted Exploration of Education, Community Support, and Scope Advancement

Moderated by: Jill Marcella, Palliative Care Education Facilitator, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

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Join this engaging panel discussion featuring three distinguished speakers at the forefront of palliative care innovation.

Holly Prince, Project Manager at the Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University will present a suite of culturally relevant palliative care education and resources.

Joanna Vautour, Senior Research Coordinator at McMaster University, will present Supporting the Journey Home: Growing the Community Bundle to Care for those with Serious Illness in First Nation Communities.

Jennifer Hudder, Education Lead with SE Health, will provide valuable perspectives on enhancing the scope of practice for Personal Support Workers (PSWs) in palliative care. Discover the interconnected strategies shaping the future of palliative care, from education and community involvement to workforce development.

Key Takeaways:

  • Explore a comprehensive suite of palliative care education and resources targeted to registered and non-registered healthcare providers and community caregivers.
  • Understand the role of community-driven care through the growth of the Community Bundle for serious illness.
  • Gain insights into advancing palliative care by expanding the scope of practice for PSWs.

Holly Prince, MSW, (PhD. Cand.)
Project Manager, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

Joanna Vautour, MSW, RSW
Senior Research Coordinator, Department of Oncology, McMaster University

Sue Bartnik, RN, BScN, CEC
Practice Consultant, Palliative Care & Serious Illness, First Nations Health Authority

Jo-Anne Gottfriedson
Elder in Residence | Cultural Liaison, Lumara Grief & Bereavement Society

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09:30AM – 10:30AM

Session 3C

Blackfoot Crossing C&D

Traditional & Foundational Approaches

Spiritual Journeys and Urban Perspectives: Navigating End of Life

Moderated by: Leonard Benoit, Palliative Care Education Facilitator, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

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Embark on a profound exploration as Alice Muirhead from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer shares insights on the “Beginning the journey into the spirit world: First Nations, Inuit and Métis approaches to palliative and end-of-life care in Canada” resource.

Following this, Victoria Marchand from the National Association of Friendship Centres will present urban Indigenous perspectives on end of life.

Diane Boots will discuss the End of Life Doula Program, Lifting Their Minds.

These presentations offer unique perspectives on First Nations, Inuit, and Métis palliative and end-of-life care experiences, identify challenges and strengths, and innovative approaches to meeting the needs of Indigenous peoples.

Key Takeaways:

  • Gain insights on Indigenous perspectives on journeying into the spirit world.
  • Explore urban Indigenous perspectives on end-of-life care.
  • Experience a session that weaves together depth and diverse perspectives of Indigenous peoples, offering a holistic understanding of the multifaceted nature of the end-of-life journey.

Alice Muirhead
First Nations, Inuit and Métis Lead, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

Victoria Marchand
Health, Gender Diversity, Sport, Policy Analyst, National Association of Friendship Centres

Diane Boots
Director, Lifting Their Minds

10:30 AM

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10:30AM – 11:00AM

Blackfoot Foyer

Morning Networking Break

11:00 AM

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11:00AM – 12:00PM

Session 3A - Continued

Blackfoot Crossing A

Policy & Intersectoral Collaboration

FEEDBACK SESSION
Pathways of Care: Legal Reform, Housing Initiatives, and Healthcare Partnerships in Indigenous Communities

Facilitated by: Joanna Vautour, MSW, RSW, Palliative Care Education Facilitator, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

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A feedback session following the panel presentation from Session 3A serves as a crucial phase where attendees actively contribute their thoughts and insights, becoming the foundational element for a comprehensive report on End of Life Policy and Intersectoral Collaboration.

The feedback collected during this session will be instrumental in shaping this detailed report, providing an authentic representation of the audience’s experiences, opinions, and suggestions.

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11:00AM – 12:00PM

Session 3B - Continued

Blackfoot Crossing B

Education & Transformative Practices

FEEDBACK SESSION
Innovations in Palliative Care: A Multifaceted Exploration of Education, Community Support, and Scope Advancement

Facilitated by: Jill MarcellaPalliative Care Education Facilitator, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

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A feedback session following the panel presentation from Session 3B serves as a crucial phase where attendees actively contribute their thoughts and insights, becoming the foundational element for a comprehensive report on Education and Transformative Practices for Navigation End of Life.

The feedback collected during this session will be instrumental in shaping this detailed report, providing an authentic representation of the audience’s experiences, opinions, and suggestions.

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11:00AM – 12:00PM

Session 3C - Continued

Blackfoot Crossing C&D

Traditional & Foundational Approaches

FEEDBACK SESSION
Spiritual Journeys and Urban Perspectives: Navigating End of Life

Facilitated by: Leonard Benoit, Palliative Care Education Facilitator, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

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A feedback session following the panel presentation from Session 3C serves as a crucial phase where attendees actively contribute their thoughts and insights, becoming the foundational element for a comprehensive report on Traditional and Foundational Approaches to End of Life.

The feedback collected during this session will be instrumental in shaping this detailed report, providing an authentic representation of the audience’s experiences, opinions, and suggestions.

12:00 PM

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12:00PM – 01:15PM

Blackfoot Foyer

Networking Lunch

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12:30PM – 01:00PM

Blackfoot Crossing C&D

Lunch Talk

Moderated by: Corey MacKenzie, RN, MN, Director New Initiatives, SE Health First Nations, Inuit & Métis Program

Marilee Nowgesic
CEO, Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association

Serghei Reabov
Client Engagement Lead for Indigenous Health Services, Accreditation Canada

Judith Eigenbrod
Director of Programs, First Nations Health Managers Association

01:15 PM

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01:15PM – 02:15PM

Session 4A

Blackfoot Crossing A

Policy & Intersectoral Collaboration

Care Beyond Boundaries: Enhancing Indigenous Health Experiences

Moderated by: Jill MarcellaPalliative Care Education Facilitator, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

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Join us for a session featuring Melinda Laboucan from Goba Care, addressing “”Supporting Northwest Territories and Nunavut Patients Receiving Care in Edmonton.”” Following this, Tyler Geisler from SE Health First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Program will present on “”Indigenous Health Professional Retention & Recruitment.””

These presentations address vital aspects of Indigenous healthcare, exploring support for patients receiving care away from their home territories and initiatives promoting the retention and recruitment of Indigenous health professionals. This session aims to foster a deeper understanding of the challenges and solutions in ensuring equitable and culturally appropriate healthcare experiences for Indigenous peoples.

Key Takeaways:

  • Gain insights on strategies and challenges involved in supporting patients beyond home territories.
  • Explore initiatives to retain and recruit Indigenous health professionals, contributing to the improvement of Indigenous healthcare services.
  • Understand the broader picture of Indigenous healthcare, examining how these presentations contribute to fostering equitable and culturally sensitive healthcare experiences for Indigenous communities.

Melinda Laboucan
Founder & Executive Director, Goba Care

Tyler Geisler, RSW, MSW
Wellness Lead, SE Health First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program

Jennifer Hudder, RN, BscN
Education Lead, SE Health First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program

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01:15PM – 02:15PM

Session 4B

Blackfoot Crossing B

Education & Transformative Practices

Innovations in Palliative Care: Nurturing Healing Spaces and Transformative Homes for Life

Moderated by: Leonard Benoit, Palliative Care Education Facilitator, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

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Immerse yourself in a compelling panel discussion where palliative care providers share groundbreaking initiatives. Kimberley Ramsbottom, Outreach Program Coordinator will share Hospice Northwest’s Gashkendamide’e Grief and Bereavement Program.

Join Jennifer Dobbelsteyn, Mary Noella Augustine, Anita May Joseph, and Margaret Ann Milliea as they present the visionary “”Home for Life”” project. This applied research study, aimed at supporting independent living for Elsipogtog First Nations Elders, revolutionizes end-of-life care.

Explore how these initiatives contribute to nurturing healing spaces for grief and creating transformative homes that honour an individual’s choice to remain at home in community.

Key Takeaways:

  • Gain deep insights into the Gashkendamide’e Grief and Bereavement Program’s transformative role in palliative care.
  • Explore the innovative “”Home for Life”” project, with a focus on supporting independent living for Elsipogtog First Nations Elders.
  • Learn from providers dedicated to nurturing healing spaces for grief and developing transformative homes that redefine end-of-life care for indigenous communities.

Also speaking: members from “Home for Life”

Kimberley Ramsbottom
Outreach Program Coordinator, Hospice Northwest Services

Noella Augustine
Elispogtog Elder, Dobbelsteyn Consulting Group International Inc.

Anita Joseph
Elispogtog Elder, Dobbelsteyn Consulting Group International Inc.

Margaret Ann Milliea
Elispogtog Elder, Dobbelsteyn Consulting Group International Inc.

Jennifer Dobbelsteyn, PhD, MBA
President, Dobbelsteyn Consulting Group International Inc.

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01:15PM – 02:15PM

Session 4C

Blackfoot Crossing C&D

Traditional & Foundational Approaches

Wholistic Approaches: Diverse Perspectives on Indigenous Health and Palliative Care

Moderated by: Joanna Vautour, MSW, RSW, Palliative Care Education Facilitator, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

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“Engage with a session featuring Edith Mercieca* from Maamwesying North Shore Community Health Services, exploring “”Creator’s Care””. Following this, Lori Montour from Six Nations Home & Community Care shares insights on the “”Development and Delivery of Community Palliative Care””.

Concluding the session, Albert McLeod offers perspectives on “”2 Spirit LGBTQQIA+,”” shedding light on the unique considerations for this community. This session aims to provide a diverse and wholistic understanding of Indigenous health and palliative care, incorporating spiritual, community-based, and inclusive perspectives.

*Accompanying Edith Mercieca are the Senior Patient Advisory Committee, Elders group that advised and guided the Creators Care Program:
Willard Pine, Marie Pine, Mary Hill, Mary Simon, Marella Scofield, Delores (Harvey) Trudeau, Millie Young, Lavina Gignac, Lulubelle Tessier “

Edith Mercieca
Maamwesying North Shore Community Health Services

Lori Monture
Manager, Six Nations Home & Community Care

Verna Fruch
Registered Nurse Case Manager, Six Nations Home & Community Care

Albert McLeod
Indigenous Cultural Facilitator, 2Spiritconsultants

Senior Patient Advisory Council
Maamwesying North Shore Community Health Services

02:15 PM

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02:15PM – 02:45PM

Blackfoot Foyer

Afternoon Networking Break

02:45 PM

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02:45PM – 03:45PM

Session 4A - Continued

Blackfoot Crossing A

Policy & Intersectoral Collaboration

FEEDBACK SESSION
Care Beyond Boundaries: Enhancing Indigenous Health Experiences

Facilitated by: Jill MarcellaPalliative Care Education Facilitator, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

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A feedback session following the panel presentation from Session 4A serves as a crucial phase where attendees actively contribute their thoughts and insights, becoming the foundational element for a comprehensive report on End of Life Policy and Intersectoral Collaboration.

The feedback collected during this session will be instrumental in shaping this detailed report, providing an authentic representation of the audience’s experiences, opinions, and suggestions.

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02:45PM – 03:45PM

Session 4B - Continued

Blackfoot Crossing B

Education & Transformative Practices

FEEDBACK SESSION
Innovations in Palliative Care: Nurturing Healing Spaces and Transformative Homes for Life

Facilitated by: Leonard Benoit, Palliative Care Education Facilitator, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

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A feedback session following the panel presentation from Session 4B serves as a crucial phase where attendees actively contribute their thoughts and insights, becoming the foundational element for a comprehensive report on Education and Transformative Practices for Navigation End of Life.

The feedback collected during this session will be instrumental in shaping this detailed report, providing an authentic representation of the audience’s experiences, opinions, and suggestions.

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02:45PM – 03:45PM

Session 4C - Continued

Blackfoot Crossing C&D

Traditional & Foundational Approaches

FEEDBACK SESSION
Wholistic Approaches: Diverse Perspectives on Indigenous Health and Palliative Care

Facilitated by: Joanna Vautour, MSW, RSW, Palliative Care Education Facilitator, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

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A feedback session following the panel presentation from Session 4C serves as a crucial phase where attendees actively contribute their thoughts and insights, becoming the foundational element for a comprehensive report on Traditional and Foundational Approaches to End of Life.

The feedback collected during this session will be instrumental in shaping this detailed report, providing an authentic representation of the audience’s experiences, opinions, and suggestions.

03:45 PM

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03:45PM - 04:45PM

Mid-Event Optional Session A

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An Update on the Current Law of MAiD

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The law of medical assistance in dying (MAiD) continues to evolve. This presentation will provide an overview of the Criminal Code of Canada’s provisions on MAiD, court decisions about the provisions, and the two sets of eligibility criteria and procedural safeguards: one for those whose natural death is reasonably foreseeable, and one for those whose natural death is not reasonably foreseeable.

The presentation will conclude with what to watch for as the law of MAiD continues to evolve.

Elaine Borg
Legal Counsel, Canadian Nurses Protective Society

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03:45PM - 04:45PM

Mid-Event Optional Session B

Blackfoot Crossing B

Strengthening the Palliative Approach in Long Term Care Homes. (SPA-LTC)

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This is a knowledge sharing and networking session for people who provide care in Indigenous long term care homes, and any participants interested in this topic. The focus of SPA-LTC (www.spaltc.ca) is to help care providers learn about and integrate the philosophy, principles and practices of the palliative approach to care for residents and their families. The goal of the palliative approach is to offer culturally relevant physical, social and spiritual support to the resident, family and community throughout the end of life journey, including grieving. In this session, participants will be introduced to some existing tools and educational resources for LTC. Participants will also be invited to share their own practices, tools and resources. The session will include discussing whether or not participants want to create an online community of practice (virtual network) for Indigenous LTC homes to continue their learning and collaboration.

SPA-LTC is a national alliance based at McMaster University, funded by Health Canada (2021-2026), and collaborating with SE Health FNIM program.

Mary Lou Kelley, MSW, PhD
(she/her), Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work, Centre for Education & Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

Lori Monture
Manager, Six Nations Home & Community Care

Day 3

Thursday, February 08, 2024

All times below are Mountain Time
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08:30AM – 09:30AM

Blackfoot Crossing Foyer

Networking Breakfast

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09:00AM – 09:30AM

Online

Log In – Online Attendees

09:30 AM

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09:30AM – 10:30AM

Session 5A

Blackfoot Crossing A

Policy & Intersectoral Collaboration (MAiD)

Indigenous Perspectives on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

Moderated by: Jill MarcellaPalliative Care Education Facilitator, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

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Join us for an insightful session featuring Emily Field from Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak, exploring “”Perceptions of Métis Women, 2SLGBTQQIA+, and Gender Diverse Peoples on MAiD.”” Following this, Wajihah Mughal from the Manitoba Métis Federation will present on “”MAiD Research – Perspectives of the Red River Métis.”” These presentations address the diverse perspectives within the Métis community regarding Medical Assistance in Dying, shedding light on the complexities and considerations surrounding this critical healthcare topic.

Key Takeaways:

  • Gain insights from Emily Field on the perceptions of Métis women, 2SLGBTQQIA+, and gender-diverse individuals regarding MAiD.
  • Learn from Wajihah Mughal about MAiD research, specifically focusing on the perspectives of the Red River Métis community.
  • Understand the importance of diverse voices and perspectives within the Métis community in shaping discussions and decisions related to MAiD.

Emily Field
Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak – Women of the Métis Nation

Wajihah Mughal, PhD
Partnership & Research Program Manager, Manitoba Métis Federation

Chantal Perchotte
Research Project Coordinator, Manitoba Métis Federation

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09:30AM – 10:30AM

Session 5B

Blackfoot Crossing B

Education & Transformative Practices

Innovations in Indigenous Healthcare: Research, Care Networks, and Collaborative Housing Solutions

Moderated by: Joanna Vautour, MSW, RSW, Palliative Care Education Facilitator, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

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Join us for an insightful panel discussion featuring Indigenous organizations and providers working within healthcare innovation.

Sebastien Lefebvre from Maamwesying North Shore Community Health Services will begin the discussion by sharing the latest research on dementia and memory clinics.

Laura de Croos of Alzheimer Society of BC and Julie Desautels of Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories will share their insights on regional dementia support and related care outreach.

Gain a comprehensive understanding of how these leaders are shaping the future of Indigenous healthcare through research, care networks, and innovative housing solutions.

Key Takeaways:

  • Gain insights into innovative strategies for enhancing healthcare services related to cognitive health.
  • Understand the challenges and opportunities in establishing effective care networks within Indigenous communities.

Sebastien Lefebvre
Research & Development Coordinator, Maamwesying North Shore Community Health Services

Gerald Hoffman RN BSN HCA
Nurse Practice Advisor, Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Home Care Working Group

Julie Desautels
Palliative Care Learning Specialist, Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories

Laurie De Croos, LPN
Support and Education Coordinator & Indigenous Community Engagement, Alzheimer Society of BC

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09:30AM – 10:30AM

Session 5C

Blackfoot Crossing C&D

Traditional & Foundational Approaches

Bridging Wisdom: Integrating Traditional and Western Approaches to Care

Moderated by: Leonard Benoit, Palliative Care Education Facilitator, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

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Join, Melinda Laboucan, Jackie Labonte, and Willard Pine as they share their knowledge and experiences around the integration of Traditional Indigenous practices and medicines with westernized health care.

Key Takeaways:

  • Gain valuable insights on how Traditional Indigenous knowledge is integrated with western approaches in providing care for Indigenous peoples.
  • Insights into Inuit perspectives on care and well-being.
  • Explore the delicate balance achieved when bridging Traditional Indigenous practices and western methodologies in caring for Indigenous peoples, fostering a wholistic and culturally safe approach.

Melinda Laboucan
Founder & Executive Director, Goba Care

Jackie Labonte
Traditional Healing Coordinator, De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre

Willard Pine
Elder, Garden River First Nation, Sr PAC Member, North Shore Community Health Services

10:30 AM

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10:30AM – 11:00AM

Blackfoot Foyer

Networking Break

11:00 AM

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11:00AM – 12:00PM

Session 5A - Continued

Blackfoot Crossing A

Policy & Intersectoral Collaboration (MAiD)

FEEDBACK SESSION
Indigenous Perspectives on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

Facilitated by: Jill MarcellaPalliative Care Education Facilitator, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

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A feedback session following the panel presentation from Session 5A serves as a crucial phase where attendees actively contribute their thoughts and insights, becoming the foundational element for a comprehensive report on Indeginous Perspectives on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD).

The feedback collected during this session will be instrumental in shaping this detailed report, providing an authentic representation of the audience’s experiences, opinions, and suggestions.

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11:00AM – 12:00PM

Session 5B - Continued

Blackfoot Crossing B

Education & Transformative Practices

FEEDBACK SESSION
Innovations in Indigenous Healthcare: Research, Care Networks, and Collaborative Housing Solutions

Facilitated by: Joanna Vautour, MSW, RSW, Palliative Care Education Facilitator, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

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A feedback session following the panel presentation from Session 5B serves as a crucial phase where attendees actively contribute their thoughts and insights, becoming the foundational element for a comprehensive report on Education and Transformative Practices for Navigation End of Life.

The feedback collected during this session will be instrumental in shaping this detailed report, providing an authentic representation of the audience’s experiences, opinions, and suggestions.

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11:00AM – 12:00PM

Session 5C - Continued

Blackfoot Crossing C&D

Traditional & Foundational Approaches

FEEDBACK SESSION
Bridging Wisdom: Integrating Traditional and Western Approaches to Care

Facilitated by: Leonard Benoit, Palliative Care Education Facilitator, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

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A feedback session following the panel presentation from Session 5C serves as a crucial phase where attendees actively contribute their thoughts and insights, becoming the foundational element for a comprehensive report on Traditional and Foundational Approaches to End of Life.

The feedback collected during this session will be instrumental in shaping this detailed report, providing an authentic representation of the audience’s experiences, opinions, and suggestions.

12:00 PM

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12:00PM – 01:15PM

Blackfoot Foyer

Networking Lunch

01:15 PM

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01:15PM - 02:00PM

Session 6

Blackfoot Crossing C&D

Harvesting Wisdom: Knowledge Exchange Recap and Reflection

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Join us for as we revisit the highlights of our Knowledge Exchange, bringing together the collective wisdom shared throughout our event. In this recap and reflection session, we’ll revisit key insights, memorable moments, and impactful discussions that have contributed to our shared journey of learning and understanding.

Jill Marcella
Palliative Care Education Facilitator, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

Leonard Benoit
Palliative Care Education Facilitator, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

Joanna Vautour, MSW, RSW
Palliative Care Education Facilitator, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

02:00 PM

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02:00PM – 02:30PM

Session 7

Blackfoot Crossing C&D

Closing Plenary

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Video presentation.

Dr. James Makokis
Two Spirit Doctor – LGBTQ2S, Indigenous, Diversity & Inclusion Expert

Anthony Johnson
LGBTQ2S+, Two-Spirit and Diversity Expert

02:30 PM

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02:30PM – 02:35PM

Blackfoot Crossing C&D

Closing Remarks

Holly Prince, MSW, (PhD. Cand.)
Project Manager, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

Corey MacKenzie, RN, MN
Director New Initiatives, SE Health First Nations, Inuit & Métis Program

02:35 PM

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02:35PM – 02:45PM

Blackfoot Crossing C&D

Celebrating Connections: A Traditional Closing Ceremony

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Join us for a heartwarming and reflective traditional closing ceremony that honours the rich tapestry of knowledge, experiences, and connections woven throughout this event. Guided by Elders, this session will offer a space to express gratitude, reflect on shared learnings.

Marjorie Flowers
AngajukKâk – Hopedale, Nunatsiavut Assembly

Elder Doreen Bergum
Métis Elder, Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3