Frequently Asked Questions

Free Registration Eligibility

Why are there different rates for registration (free vs. paid)?

We recognize resources that support professional development opportunities within Indigenous Communities and Organizations are often underfunded compared with non-Indigenous organizations. We seek to promote access. At the same time, we encourage those working in non-Indigenous organizations to participate in this collaborative gathering to help inform their practice and organizational approach when supporting Indigenous clients, families and communities.

Who is eligible for free registration?

Individuals employed by Indigenous communities or organizations.

Is the Knowledge Exchange open to non-Indigenous participants working in a non-Indigenous organization?

Yes, absolutely. We are promoting a collaborative space where participants will gain a deeper understanding of the challenges experienced by Indigenous individuals and communities. We encourage you to consider registering for one of the pre-event workshops delving deeper into cultural safety.

Who is funding this Knowledge Exchange?

Health Canada and Indigenous Services Canada are contributing financial support for hosting this event.

The Knowledge Exchange provides an opportunity to understand the alignment of key initiatives, identify opportunities to address barriers and inform meaningful next steps on the journey home.

  1. Indigenous Self-Determination in Palliative and End-of-Life Care.

Health Canada is collaborating with Indigenous Peoples to create palliative and end-of-life care frameworks that will reflect the specific and unique priorities of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis for improving palliative and end-of-life care. The Knowledge Exchange will surface the framework to validate and identify meaningful steps in implementation.

  1. National Engagement on Indigenous Perspectives on Medical Assistance in Dying

Health Canada is engaging with First Nations, Inuit and Métis, including urban Indigenous People, non-status/off-reserve Indigenous People, Two-Spirit, LGBTQQIA+ and gender-diverse people, on perspectives related to MAiD. This Knowledge Exchange provides an opportunity for further engagement and reflection on the preliminary results of the initiative.

  1. Wholistic Continuum of Long-Term and Continuing Care

First Nations and Inuit-led engagement activities concluded in 2022. Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) has been working with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) 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.

Who do I contact regarding eligibility for free registration?

For any questions regarding free registration eligibility, please contact:

Jennifer Hewitt

Program Coordinator

Spark Conferences

M: 647-448-0481

E: jennifer.hewitt@sparkconferences.com

Attendance Online

Do I need a Zoom account?

Yes, please sign into your Zoom account before joining the event or open one for free here.

If you already have Zoom please ensure it is updated to the latest version by opening the Zoom application on your desktop (this is different from the website https://zoom.us/), clicking your profile icon in the top-right corner, and selecting “Check for Updates”.

Do I need to have my webcam on?

For certain sessions, we may request that you turn your webcam on in order to participate in a discussion; however, this request is optional.

Where Is the login information?

The login information is on your registration receipt and will be sent to you again, a week prior to the Knowledge Exchange. If you haven’t received it, please email us at info@sparkconferences.com.

Attendance In Person

When and where can I book my hotel room?

Please contact Monali Gaiki, Group and Reservation Coordinator, at 587-391-0843 or mgaiki@westincalgaryairport.com to receive the special group rate of $245 based on room availability at the time of reservation request. Please mention you are with the “SE Health” group. Book your hotel room as soon as you register for the event.

Does the in-person free registration include the hotel room and the travel to Calgary?

The in-person free registration includes: 

  • The three-day event
  • Breakfasts, lunches and breaks
  • Dinner and entertainment on Day 1

It doesn’t include the hotel room or the travel to Calgary. 

Can I get more information about the hotel?

The Westin Calgary Airport

671 Aero Drive NE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2E7Y5

Tel: +1 403-452-5406

The hotel team is looking forward to the opportunity to create a memorable experience for you and your colleagues.

Newly built in 2018, the 4-star property is a joint venture with Siksika Nation (SRDL Business Group), and the hotel showcases indigenous artwork throughout all public spaces.

Arriving and departing is easy with complimentary parking available in a very spacious surface lot, and shuttle service from Calgary International Airport, less than two kilometers from the hotel.

Ace Casino Airport, CrossIron Mills Outlet Shopping Mall, The Calgary Zoo, and downtown Calgary are also within easy reach. 

Hotel Amenities:

Parking options

On-Site Daily Parking: Complimentary

Electric car charging stations are also available.

How can I travel to the hotel?

Getting to The Westin Calgary Airport
671 Aero Drive NE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2E7Y5
Tel: +1 403-452-5406

From Calgary International Airport
Distance From Property: 1.6 KM
Airport Shuttle: Complimentary

Other Transportation
Bus Station: Red Arrow

Can I switch to online?

If a registered attendee wishes to switch from an in-person registration to an online one, kindly provide a minimum of 24 hours’ notice by sending an email to jennifer@sparkconferences.com.

General Questions

Can I watch the recordings?

All attendees of the knowledge exchange will be given select sessions to watch on-demand after the event ends. On-demand sessions are subject to release pending speaker permissions and any information security concerns.

Can I receive a letter of attendance?

Yes, you may request to receive a letter of attendance. Please email us at info@sparkconferences.com.

Where can I get a copy of all PowerPoint presentations?

Session presentations will be available in PDF format on the conference HUB as we receive them from speakers. You will receive the link and passcode in an email closer to the conference date.

About the Knowledge Exchange Logo

Logo by:

Kaeden Merasty is the Founder and CEO of The Indigenous Marketing Company (IMC) 

Story behind the logo

In crafting the logo for the Knowledge Exchange, a profound tapestry of symbolism was woven, encapsulating the essence of wisdom, community, knowledge-sharing, strength, love, and the concept of home.

The Tree of Wisdom and Strength:

At the core of the logo stands a majestic tree, its roots deeply embedded in the earth, symbolizing the deep-rooted wisdom and ancient knowledge of Indigenous communities. The tree, an ancient symbol in many cultures, embodies strength, growth, and resilience. It stands tall, weathering storms and challenges, representing the unwavering determination of Indigenous people to preserve their traditions and heritage.


The Circle of Unity and Community:

Encompassing the tree is a circle, a universal symbol of unity and community. In the context of this logo, the circle represents the inclusive and supportive nature of the event. It signifies the gathering of like-minded individuals and communities, coming together to share knowledge, experiences, and love. Within this circle, there is a sense of belonging and togetherness, highlighting the importance of communal strength in the face of adversity.


The Roots of Love and Home:

The roots of the tree are a powerful representation of love and home. Just as the roots provide nourishment and stability to the tree, love forms the foundation of Indigenous communities. It is the love for traditions, culture, and the land that binds people together, creating a sense of belonging and home. The logo captures this profound connection, reminding everyone of the importance of love and home in the journey of life.


Kaeden Merasty

Kaeden Merasty is the Founder and CEO of The Indigenous Marketing Company (IMC) and a proud member of Flying Dust First Nation. Kaeden’s vision is to guide Indigenous Peoples toward achieving full economic independence that aligns with their cultures, values, and beliefs. As a Cree First Nations businessman, Kaeden established IMC to work with aspiring entrepreneurs, non-profits, medium to large-scale organizations, and First Nations councils across Canada.