As COVID-19 ravished all corners of the Earth, we watched the disproportionate impact on remote Indigenous communities. At the same time Indigenous leadership rose to the occasion in their response to COVID-19, and we witnessed communities working together to find Indigenous-led solutions. We will discuss the hardship of COVID-19 on many Indigenous communities and celebrate their courage and success.
This year we have outstanding speakers some of them include: Dr. Cindy Blackstock
and her determination for equity for children in the fostercare system. Dr. Simon Brascoupe
, a former CEO of National Aboriginal Health Commission will enlighten us on land-based healing. Dr. Barry Lavallee
, CEO of Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin Inc, will discuss racism and its impact on Indigenous Health. We will discuss topics which range from suicide prevention, food security, cancer detection, traditional healing, research and education and a whole lot more.
Our panels include:
Dr. Barry Lavallee
leading a panel discussion on the success of Indigenous-led response for COVID-19. Marilee Nowgesic, CEO of Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association will lead a panel on Indigenous nursing, while Ellen Blais
of Director, Indigenous Midwifery, Association of Ontario midwives will lead a panel discussion on bringing midwifery back to the communities.