Holly Prince, MSW, (PhD. Cand.)

Project Manager, Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University

Holly Prince is an Anishinaabekwe and a member of Opwaaganisiniing in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Studies at Lakehead University. Holly’s research focus is on decolonial and Indigenist education and Indigenous health, and community-based research. She is the Lead for the Indigenous People’s Health and Aging Division at the Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health, Lakehead University, where she works as a Project Manager.

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A part of her role involves planning, implementing, and evaluating palliative care education and health equity initiatives for Indigenous peoples across Canada. She has devoted the last 20 years to advancing the right of Indigenous peoples’ access to culturally appropriate and equitable palliative care and has mobilized her efforts as a national champion of human rights and dignity for people preparing to journey back to the spirit world.

Corey MacKenzie, RN, MN

Director New Initiatives, SE Health First Nations, Inuit & Métis Program

Corey has many years of experience in national and regional nursing leadership positions in the Continuing Care sector and works closely with many Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and organizations. He is a graduate of the Dalhousie University Master of Nursing Health Policy and Administration Program and has education and experience in program evaluation and project management.

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He’s a recipient of two Government of Canada Assistant Deputy Minister Leadership Awards and was recently honoured by the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs as a recipient of their Supporting Our People Award in health for his work related to the Wholistic Continuum of Care (LTC) initiative. In addition to his director role at SE Health, Corey has a background in quality improvement and is a surveyor with Accreditation Canada.

Corey Mattie

Founding Partner,  Indigenous Treaty Partners (ITP)

Settler from Kjipuktuk with historic Mi’kmaw ancestry, a member of the Indigenous Professional Association of Canada, and co-founder of Indigenous Treaty Partners – Corey Mattie has always been involved with supporting Canadians through complex topics. As a professional keynote speaker to international audiences including the G7 Research Summit, United Nations Canada, and Parliament Hill; Corey is a strong advocate for the importance of environmental enhancement, social responsibility, and ethical business practices.

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A local from Mi’kma’ki (Atlantic Canada), Corey places strong value on the adoption of Indigenous practice and a triple bottom line for corporate Canada.

Holding a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University, a Certificate in ISO Management from the University of Toronto and Ryerson, a Certificate from the Foundation for Environmental Stewardship, a LEED Accreditation, and Antiracism training from both the Human Rights Commission and InterActivist. Corey is well-rounded in various aspects of the Canadian economic industry and ethical management.

Houston Barnaby, JD

Founding Partner, Indigenous Treaty Partners

Mi’kmaw from Listuguj, QC, Houston is an Indigenous Rights lawyer who has represented the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs in areas of Governance and has gained industry knowledge and experience negotiating Impact Benefit Agreements with proponents in the Province during that time. Houston is also a Board member of the Nova Scotia Community College Foundation, whose mission is dedicated to helping students in financial need and improving access to education.

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Growing up on a First Nation’s reserve, Houston has seen firsthand the importance of all levels of government coming together to find a solution that respects the inherent right of the First Nations to govern themselves and the needs of surrounding communities. Houston is passionate about bridging the gap between stakeholders and rightsholders for a stronger Canada.

Shelby Corley, MA, CE

CEO, Three Hive Consulting, Inc.

Shelby Corley is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, and lives and works in Treaty 6 Territory. She is a Credentialed Evaluator who has been working in research and evaluation for over 15 years.

Shelby is the CEO of Three Hive Consulting and Eval Academy. After years of serving clients in the non-profit, government and healthcare sectors, her approach to evaluation has become highly practical. With a graduate degree in anthropology, Shelby inherently prioritizes equity and systems thinking.

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Shelby regularly presents at evaluation conferences, and loves the opportunity to talk about evaluation.

Johnathan Dunn

Senior Policy Analyst, Assembly of First Nations

Jonathan is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Health Sector of the Assembly of First Nations. He is a passionate educator with mixed ancestry, and a member of the Mississauga First Nations. He grew up in Southwest Florida, completing his BSc in Biology. He moved to Montreal to study innate immunity and Tuberculosis at McGill University’s Meakins-Christie Laboratories and later taught math and science at Indigenous High Schools in Kuujjuarapik, Nunavik and Kahnawà:ke.

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He currently works for the Assembly of First Nations, utilizing his scientific background and experiences to support and aid First Nations Communities.

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

Tanya Nancarrow is a Senior Policy Advisor with the End-of-Life Care Unit of Health Canada’s Strategic Policy Branch. Her main focus is working with Indigenous partners to improve policies around end-of-life care, including palliative care and medical assistance in dying.

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Tanya has 15 years of professional experience working to advance Indigenous health policy priorities, including at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Indigenous Services Canada and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada. Tanya completed her Master of Science at McGill’s Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment. She is of Cornish, Irish and Scottish descent and lives with her partner, 2 children and 2 dogs on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron, Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee Peoples.

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

Vanessa has been a Registered Nurse since 1999 with a background in both the provincial and federal system. Home, community and long term care nursing makes up the bulk of her work experience and supporting service delivery, policy and program development in this space is her passion.

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Currently in the Director role at the National office for the Home, Community and Preventative Care Division, she has had the opportunity to provide leadership in Jordan’s Principle for many years as well as in various roles in the Ontario Regional office since joining the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch in 2009.

Robin Cano

A/Senior Nurse Consultant & National Manager / Infirmière consultante principale et gestionnaire, 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

Robin Cano is the Acting manager of the National FNIHCC program. She has been an RN for 30 years, and has a specialty in Palliative and End of Life Care through the Canadian Nurse Association.

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Robin has delivered Palliative and End of Life consultation, education and care in First Nations in Ontario over the past 11 years, and joined the department of ISC in 2019 as Regional Coordinator of the program in Ontario. This year she is on acting assignment with HQ to work with this team on Palliative Care, Long Term and Continuing Care continuum of services, as well as Lower limb Preservation activities. Robin’s main passion is to work alongside First Nations to advance HCC and the self determination of health needs in Indigenous communities.

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

Jessica Wyatt is a white settler originally from Treaty 9 territory (Timmins, Ontario), currently living in Thunder Bay which is located on the traditional lands of the Fort William First Nation, Signatory to the Robinson Superior Treaty of 1850. Jessica is an experienced Knowledge Broker who began her career at Lakehead University’s Centre for Education and Research in Aging & Health (CERAH) in 2008.

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Skilled in curriculum development, planning, and project management, Jessica has a keen interest in social justice and health equity for marginalized populations. She holds a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Arts degree in English with a specialization in Women’s Studies. She is also a certified Project Management Professional. In her current role at CERAH, she supports the development and delivery of culturally safer palliative care education for Indigenous communities across Canada.

Ryan Fritsch

Legal Counsel, Law Commission of Ontario

Ryan Fritsch is Legal Counsel with the Law Commission of Ontario where he leads law reform projects looking at the impact of AI on Ontario’s criminal justice institutions (https://www.lco-cdo.org/crimai); the need to modernize consumer protection law for terms of service contracts in the digital marketplace (https://www.lco-cdo.org/digitalmarketplace); and approaches to decolonizing health law for Indigenous communities in Ontario (https://www.lco-cdo.org/indigenous_lsl).

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Ryan also served as a sessional professor of mental heath law at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law (2011-2019), the Osgoode Hall Law School Professional LLM in Health Law (2020) and as Acting Academic Director to the Osgoode Hall Disability Law Intensive Program (2022-2023). Ryan previously led development of Legal Aid Ontario’s Mental Health Strategy and was in-house counsel to the Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office.

Lindsay Yarrow, MSW, RSW, MSc, CHE

Senior Program Lead / Responsable principale de programme, Healthcare Excellence Canada | Excellence en santé Canada

Lindsay Yarrow, MSW, RSW, MSc, CHE, is a Senior Program Lead with Healthcare Excellence Canada. Lindsay is a white settler grateful to be living on the traditional and unceded territory of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples in what is now known as Kingston, Ontario. Lindsay is committed to working in partnership and understanding how she can use her role to support the design and delivery of more equitable care while reflecting on systems of oppression and effective ways in which to address structural determinants of health.

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Lindsay has a clinical background as a Social Worker and has her MSc. in Healthcare Quality. She has extensive experience providing clinical leadership in both hospital and community settings with a particular interest in increasing access to high quality healthcare services for underserved populations. She is currently supporting work focused on more equitable access to palliative care for individuals experiencing homelessness or vulnerable housing.

Dr. Cara A. Bablitz

Palliative Care Outreach and Advocacy Team, George’s House Palliative Care Program

Cara Bablitz (MD) is a Métis physician from Northern Alberta. She works with the University of Alberta, Department of Family Medicine at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in the Indigenous Wellness Clinic. Her work in health equity has included the development of a team serving vulnerably housed and homeless people in Edmonton, called the Palliative Care Outreach and Advocacy Team. Through this work, she has helped establish and run George’s House, a 5 bed end-of-life harm reduction home in Edmonton.

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In 2018, she helped write the policy paper for the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) on Indigenous Health, which lead to the development of the AMA Indigenous Health Committee that she chaired for 6 years. She was part of Turtle Island Consulting Services Inc. Project Team that consulted on the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, “Beginning the journey into the spirit world: First Nations, Inuit and Métis approaches to palliative and end-of-life care.” Her busiest job remains her role as a Mother to two children.

Jill Marcella

North West LHIN Regional Palliative Care Program Coordinator, St. Joseph’s Care Group


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Joanna Vautour

Research Coordinator, McMaster University


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Jennifer Hudder, RN, BscN

Education Liason, SE Health First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program

Jennifer grew up on the Traditional lands of Wahnapitae First Nations, in the beautiful Traditional Territory of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850. Jennifer attended Laurentian University and graduated with her Bachelor of Nursing in 2007. She is currently pursuing her Master of Nursing with a focus on Teaching. Jennifer has over 16 years of experience, including primary care, health promotion, disease prevention, rural and remote community health nursing, and education.

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Jennifer began working with SE Health in April 2007, where she has had the opportunity to focus on Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, Pediatric Care, Palliative Care, and the Digital Health Space. Working in the home and community space has allowed Jennifer to focus on promoting health equity, holistic and culturally sensitive care, and clinical quality and developing, designing, and implementing programs to expand care to facilitate individuals to remain in their homes independently. Jennifer joined the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Program as an Education Liaison in July 2022. She is passionate and committed to supporting Indigenous health through knowledge translation and supporting communities to build capacity, improve access, and address barriers to care.

Leonard Benoit

Indigenous Patient Navigator


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Alice Muirhead

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

Alice Muirhead is a First Nations, Inuit and Métis Lead with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. Working with multiple teams across the organization, Alice leads efforts to embed a focus on First Nations, Inuit and Métis priorities across the work of the Partnership. Alice has a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Regina and enjoys running and skiing.

Victoria Marchand

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


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Melinda Laboucan

Founder & Executive Director, Goba Care

Melinda began her career in advocacy, health systems navigation, research, and group facilitation in 2003. Her widely recognized skills and successes in these endeavours are rooted in strong community relationships and networks, ongoing training, and unwavering commitment to the care and well-being of others. These are the elements that underpin her work through Goba Consulting.

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Melinda is a proud member of the K’asho Got’ine First Nation. At a young age, Melinda’s Dene community of Fort Good Hope in the Northwest Territories encouraged her active volunteer and social justice ethics and successes. Melinda honed these values through professional development and certification in such areas as leadership, addictions training, healing and loss counselling, and elder ministry training.

Melinda has a wealth of advocacy, research, navigation, programming, and facilitation experience. Of late she has used this expertise in patient support, advocacy, program delivery, and research through the Indigenous Global Health and Research Group with the University of Alberta, the NWT Breast Health/Breast Cancer Action Group, and the Goba Cancer Support Group. In fact, Melinda was the founder of the very successful Goba Cancer Support Group in Fort Good Hope.

Melinda is a well-regarded conference speaker, leader of sharing circles, and presenter in videos and other media. She is a champion and advocate of using resources as survivor care plans, traditional medicines, healthy nutrition practices, regular exercise, and a variety of stress-relieving routines. She is much sought after for her responsive self-care programming, ability to foster positive and supportive networks, and effective working relationships with professionals and lay-persons alike. She is an innovative and inspirational programmer, facilitator, advocate, and problem solver.

I have worked with Melinda and seen how effective she is with NWT patients seeking medical services in southern Canada. She is compassionate, smart, and effective which are just what patients need when they are in an unfamiliar health system.” Lois Little, social justice advocate, Yellowknife, NWT

Tyler Geisler, RSW, MSW

Education Liason, SE Health First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program

Tyler Geisler is an Education Liaison with SE Health and has a private practice where he provides mental health counseling. Tyler has received his Master of Social Work from Dalhousie University and has a certification in play therapy as well as nature and forest therapy. Prior to SE Health, Tyler has worked as a Social Worker in various health settings and the past 5 years in tribal health as a Mental Health Therapist and most recently as a Director of Health.

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Through this experience, Tyler is able to understand and identify needs for patient care outside of the biomedical model to ensure holistic care and how societal structures impact the welfare of others.

Tyler is a father of five boys who enjoys sports, learning, traveling, cultures and being on hikes and at home with his children. Tyler was named one of CBC’s Top 40 Under 40 for community activism and continues to be involved in volunteering and community-based programs.

Kimberley Ramsbottom

Outreach Program Coordinator, Hospice Northwest Services


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Noella Augustine

Elispogtog Elder, Home for Life

A Migmag from Elsipogtog First Nation in New Bunswick, Noella Augustine is a mother of 5 (2 adopted), grandmother of 36 and great grandmother of 23. Noella enjoys cooking, playing bingo and spending time with her grandchildren.

Noella was employed by Elsipogtog Health and Wellness Centre for many years. She worked with young pregnant women who were struggling with addictions and later was a Certified Home Visitor for Elders.

Noella enjoys travelling to Powwows selling Indian crafts with her husband.

Anita Joseph

Elispogtog Elder, Home for Life

A Migmag from Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick, Anita Joseph is a mother to 5 children, grandmother to 12 and great grandmother to 4. Anita’s hobbies are sewing, making memory bears, playing bingo and cooking.

Anita is dedicated to working at the Church, bringing communion to those who are unable to attend Church services.

Margaret Ann Milliea

Elispogtog Elder, Home for Life

A Migmag from Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick, Margaret Ann Milliea is a mother of 3 children, grandmother of 8 and great grandmother of 3. All she holds very dear to her heart.

Margaret Ann is dedicated to her family and loves sewing, making homemade bread, travelling and attending line dancing classes.

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Margaret Ann has been working with the Elders for many years. She also works as a Diabetes Prevention Worker with a registered dietician.

Margaret Ann is a cancer survivor and leads a Cancer Support Group.

Jennifer Dobbelsteyn, PhD, MBA

President, Dobbelsteyn Consulting Group International Inc.


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Beatrice Twance-Hynes

Elder, Biigtigong Nishanbeg

Beatrice Twance-Hynes is from the Bear Clan (maternal), Deer Clan (paternal) and from the Biigtigong First Nation (formerly Pic River First Nation). She has lived in Thunder Bay since 1988 with her husband Gerry. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother. Beatrice has a Native Teacher’s Certificate from Lakehead University and an Ontario Management Development Certificate from Confederation College and numerous courses in human resources.

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She has worked in Human Resources at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care, and has been their Cultural Manager since December 2012. Beatrice is a traditional women’s dancer who makes her own regalia. She is a grandmother pipe carrier, a sacred circle facilitator, songwriter, singer and drummer.

She shares teachings on the Medicine Wheel, the Sacred Medicines, and the Seven Sacred Grandfathers, women and water teachings, and teachings on the hand drum, drum-making and birthing. She facilitates sacred circles. In her role as Cultural Manager, Beatrice has had the opportunity to sit in on traditional healing sessions with a traditional healer since January 2014 and has learned a lot of teachings. Beatrice has been a member of the Elders Advisory Council, Aboriginal Liaison with the City of Thunder Bay since December 2013 and a member of the Elders Council at Lakehead University since April 2015. She is also one the Elders-in-Residence at Lakehead University.

Edith Mercieca

Maamwesying North Shore Community Health Services


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Lori Monture

Manager, Six Nations Home & Community Care

Lori Monture is a Mohawk of the wolf clan, a wife, mother and grandmother. She graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1985. She was hired at St. Josephs hospital in Brantford immediately after graduation and continued to work there for 12 years. In 1996, she returned to her home community; Six Nations to work at the Gane Yohs medical clinic for 3 years. She completed training in “Community Nursing in First Nations” from Lakehead University.

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In December 1999 until present; she has been the Manager for the Home and Community Care program. She also has achieved a certificate in Diabetes Education. Lori is a recipient of the “Award of Excellence in Nursing” from the First Nations and Inuit Health.

Her goal is to have an aboriginal Hospice in the community.

Albert McLeod

Indigenous Cultural Facilitator, 2Spiritconsultants

Albert McLeod is a Status Indian with ancestry from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and the Metis community of Norway House in northern Manitoba. He has over thirty years of experience as a human rights activist and is one of the directors of the Two-Spirited People of Manitoba.

Albert began his Two-Spirit advocacy in Winnipeg in 1986 and became an HIV/AIDS activist in 1987. He was the director of the Manitoba Aboriginal AIDS Task Force from 1991 to 2001.

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In 2018, Albert received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Winnipeg.

Albert lives in Winnipeg, where he works as a consultant specializing in Indigenous peoples, cultural reclamation, and cross-cultural training.

Senior Patient Advisory Council

First Nations of the North Shore Tribal Council

The Senior PAC was established in 2015 to support the development of a community-based palliative care program to serve First Nations members of the North Shore Tribal Council. The overall goal of this project was to improve access to palliative care and to reclaim an Indigenous approach to the end of life journey.

The Senior PAC members consist of seniors and elders from each of the seven First Nation communities of the NSTC.

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Individuals were selected and personally invited to participate on the Council by the home and community support service providers. The health care providers identified service recipients who they felt would contribute to the knowledge transfer and who would provide a unique perspective of their community’s traditional practices and customs. The membership is based on relationships with the senior receiving care and the health care provider and served as a foundation of trust.

The Senior PAC provides the patient and family perspective for service planning and delivery. By participating as Advisors, their experiences assist the Maamwesying North Shore Community Health Services -– Home and Community Support Services to continue to improve the quality of care and service provided to clients and their families.

Since the completion of the initial project which brought the Seniors together, they have committed to continue to support the Home and Community Support Services in their ongoing service development and improvement efforts. The bond that has been created is attributed to the many stories, tears and laughter shared. The knowledge and wisdom of the Senior PAC has contributed to ensuring the highest quality of services for the senior who reside within our First Nation communities.

Emily Field

Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak – Women of the Metis Nation


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Wajihah Mughal, PhD

Partnership & Research Program Manager, Manitoba Metis Federation


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Chantal Perchotte

Research Project Coordinator, Manitoba Metis Federation


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Sebastien Lefebvre

Research & Development Coordinator, Maamwesying North Shore Community Health Services


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Dan Wiebe

Senior Director, SE Health, First Nations, Inuit & Métis Program

Daniel Wiebe is a Director for the SE First Nations, Inuit and Métis (FNIM) Program, joining the team in September of 2017.

Daniel is a Registered Nurse from Brokenhead Ojibway Nation who has over 30 years of nursing experience in primary care, renal healthcare, rural and remote acute care, and rural and remote community health nursing. He has experience in leadership and management roles in Indigenous, provincial and federal health systems.

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Daniel has an Executive Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University and an Outpost Nursing Certificate from Dalhousie University. Daniel has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Ruth May Nursing Award for his service in the nursing profession.

Daniel is committed to improving healthcare and making a positive impact in individuals and communities across Canada.

Dr. Kathy Bird

Minweyweywigaan Midewin Lodge

Kathy, originally from Norway House MB, lives in Peguis, MB and has worked as a Community Health Nurse, in the Peguis Traditional Healing Program, Peguis Health Services, and Matootoo Lake Medicine Lodge, for 44 years. She learned Indigenous medicines and healing ceremonies for 35 years and set up the Traditional Healing Program. Her ancestry is Cree, Nakota and Anishinabe. She is of the Minweyweywigaan Midewin Lodge. Her teacher, Pinukwium has given her direction to share the knowledge of the medicines with Indigenous people.

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In 2003, she and knowledge keeper, Dr. Edna Manitowabi, she set up a 4-year Indigenous Medicine Camp to teach and share the sacred medicine teachings with Indigenous people. On June 21, 2002, Aki Maskiki Na Nan Da Wii Way Win (Earth Medicine – Healing), was recognized, receiving a Spirit of the Earth Award, sponsored by Manitoba Hydro. In 1997, she was recognized by her colleagues, the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, with an award of excellence in the Clinical category for the dedication and work done in the Traditional Healing Program. In July, 2021, she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Education (HonDEd), Indigenous Knowledge and Development, from the World Indigenous Nations University, Blue Quills, AB.

Carla Bird

Lodge Director, Minweyweywigaan Midewin Lodge

Carla is a member of Peguis 1st Nation. She is Oskaybayish to her mother Kathy Bird in Matootoo Lake Medicine Lodge. She is knowledgeable in traditional medicine, having been learning for the many years. She is one of the Lodge Directors in Minweyweywigaan Midewin Lodge which she has been a part of for many years. She completed the 4-year Medicine Camp, Aki Maskiki Na Na Da Wi ii way wiin, moving on to assistbioing and planning subsequent medicine camps. She assists in traditional wellness clinics throughout Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Minnesota.