Registration: Institute launch

General format: A brief presentation will be given by a facilitator in the room to help frame the dialogue and suggest some guiding questions. Open dialogue will follow, either small groups or large group, depending on the size of the group. Hearing voices from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples about these topics is our main priority.

  1. Traditional Knowledge: The TRC calls on us to be guided by Elders and Knowledge Keepers, and for those who can influence the health care system to make traditional healing accessible to Indigenous patients who request it. This dialogue will focus on the potential role of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences in training future health professionals to work value and work respectfully with Traditional Knowledge Keepers.
  2. Math and Science Outreach: In order to train more First Nations, Métis and Inuit health professionals as we are called to do by the TRC we first need more Indigenous children and youth thinking about a future health career and having excellent opportunities to finish secondary school with the math and science that they need to enter pre-health professional studies in university. This dialogue will scope out the current landscape and potential for partnerships and collaboration in a mentorship, math and science outreach program.
  3. Urban Indigenous Health Research: The TRC calls the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples the framework for reconciliation. The rights of self-determination and informed consent are embedded in Indigenous health research ethical protocols however operationalizing them in the urban environment can be confusing. This dialogue will focus on identifying lessons from previous successful and unsuccessful urban Indigenous health research.
  4. Admissions Policies and Processes: Each of the five Colleges in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences has its own admissions criteria, policies and processes with varying success in identifying and admitting qualified Indigenous learners. This dialogue will focus on the outcomes of the Colleges- what do diverse Indigenous communities value in graduating health professionals?
  5. Primary Care Health Services: The J.A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit has provided a range of services including primary care physicians in hospitals and nursing stations throughout Northern Manitoba for over 40 years. The goal is to be the primary care provider of choice, supporting Indigenous communities’ self-determination and aspirations for their health and health care. This dialogue will focus on community priorities for primary care program expansion.
  6. Indigenous Health Care Quality: Indigenous people have an equal right to the highest quality health care as all other Canadians, and receive care in every region and every facility across the province. However, there are currently no measures of the quality of health care provided to First Nations, Métis and Inuit people. This dialogue will focus on exploring what health care quality means to Indigenous peoples, and how Indigenous peoples can participate in measurement of health care quality in order to ensure they are receiving equitable care.

Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing
Launch Event Agenda

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Friday, June 2:

8:15 a.m. Pipe Ceremony
Medicine Garden, 745 Bannatyne Ave.

9:00 a.m. Emcee: Michael Champagne, Community Leader

Opening Prayer:
Margaret Lavallee
& Mary Wilson,  Ongomiizwin Elders

Brodie Centre Atrium

Welcoming Remarks

Indigenous Achievment
Dr. David Barnard
President, University of Manitoba

Honouring our Past and Shared Responsibility
Dr. Brian Postl
Dean, Max Rady College of Medicine; Dean, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences; Vice-Provost (Health Sciences)

Honouring our Present and Future: “Who are we, what are we doing and where are we going?”

Dr. Catherine Cook
Vice-Dean, Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing

9:45 a.m. Metis Blessing by Migizii Agamik Elder Norman Meade
Honour Song by Blue Sky Women: Andrea Redsky, Crissy Slater & April Slater
Official Launch of the Indigenous Institute of Health & Healing

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Keynote Address
Dr. Carrie Bourassa
Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health

11:00 a.m. Panel on Indigneous Institute of Health & Healing pillars: Education, Research and Health Services
Moderator: Dr. Carrie Bourassa

Ongomiizwin Health Services
Melanie MacKinnon, BN

Ongomiizwin Students
Dr. Barry Lavallee
Director, Centre for Aboriginal Health Education, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Ongomiizwin Research
Dr. Josée Lavoie
Director, Manitoba First Nations Centre for Aboriginal Health Research

11:30 a.m.  Luncheon catered by The Feast
Entertainment by Bighetty & Bighetty Puppet Show

12:45 p.m.  Introduction to Rady Faculty Reconciliation Action Plan by Dr. Marcia Anderson, Executive Director,  Indigenous Academic Affairs, Ongomiizwin

1:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
*Registration required*

3:00 p.m. Farewells and Giveaway