Draft Agenda for Gathering Wisdom VII
Announcing 42 workshops, including…
Alaska’s Nuka Model of Care
Dr. Donna Galbreath, Medical Director, Quality Assurance, Medical Services Division, Southcentral Foundation
Culture and Identity: A Road to Healthy Community
Michael McCarthy, Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council
Men of the North- Health and Wellness for him
Jolene Prince, Maternal Child Health Coordinator, and Alexander Erickson, Nak’azdli Health Center
Indian Residential School Programs: Services for the Future
Cindy Tom-Lindley, Executive Director, Indian Residential School Survivors Society. Jodie Millward, Regional Mental Wellness Advisor, Fraser-Salish Region, FNHA. Nola Jeffrey, Program Director, Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society
Transformation of First Nations Health Governance in BC: Developing approaches to Co-Decision Making
Dr. John O’Neil, Simon Fraser University and Dr. Lloy Wylie, Western University
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Title: The story of Ts’i’ts’uwatul’ Lelum (Home for Helping Each Other)
Description: The story of Ts’i’ts’uwatul’ Lelum (Home for Helping Each Other) will share the development of a culturally appropriate Assisted Living Residence for Elders with Cowichan Tribes. This partnership between Cowichan Tribes, M’akola ILBC Housing Society and the Vancouver Island Health Authority is an example of how Assisted Living is now being recognized as a positive option in Seniors Health Care.
Speaker: Michele Nault McIsaac Regional Assisted Living Manager
M’akola ILBC Housing Society
Michele Nault McIsaac is a Metis woman that has worked on Vancouver Island for more than 30 years. Ms. McIsaac provides presentations that focus on Aboriginal wellness, mental health and addictions, as well as training and development in adult education, staff development and cultural competency. She has been an active volunteer and has also served on working groups, committees and Boards to support the health and resiliency of communities.
Title: Fall Prevention for First Nations Elders: the SAIL Adaptation Project
Description: The Strategies and Actions for Independent Living (SAIL) Adaptation Project aims to integrate a prevention program into home support service delivery for Elders living on reserves in BC. This project is in partnership with the First Nations Health Authority and is supported by the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, through a grant from the BC Ministry of Health. Speaker: Yasmin Yassin Research Coordinator Centre for Hip Health and Mobility Yasmin Yassin works with the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility (CHHM) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and is the Project Manager for the SAIL Adaptation for First Nations Communities Fall Prevention Project.
Title: Culture and Identity: A Road to Healthy Community
Description: First Nations communities and their people were stripped of their culture, artifacts, and land, and were purged of their collective and individual identities. In short, they lost identity, and, in the end, the only feelings that were coupled to their culture were ‘shame’-based feelings. Such is the net result of ‘identity trauma’. This presentation will focus on establishing a route back to healing and health, whether it be on an individual basis or as a community, through ‘culture’.
Senior Cultural Worker
Nuu-chah-nulth Quu’asa Program
Joe Tom has an extensive background in cultural wellness and traditional and modern methods. He has been key in integrating both worlds for healing in the last thirty plus years.
Michael J. McCarthy
Prevention and Training Coordinator
Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council
Michael J. McCarthy has presented in regional and national events for the past two decades. He humbly prides a background in being raised by “Grandmother” and has a background in traditional story telling.
Title: Transformation of First Nations Health Governance in BC: Developing approaches to Co-
Description: This presentation will share the stories of health care professionals and leaders on the transformation of First Nations health governance processes. It will be based on experiences from across BC and will discuss issues, successes, and challenges around strategies to support regional planning and coordination of health services to improve the health care for BC First Nations people.
Dr. John O’Neil
Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
Dr. John O’Neil is the former Director of the Manitoba First Nations Centre for Aboriginal Health Research, and was Professor and Head of the Department of Community Health Sciences in the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Medicine. He has published more than 120 papers on aboriginal health issues, including self-government and health system development, cultural understandings of environmental health risks, and social determinants of health disparities.
Dr. Lloy Wylie Assistant Professor, Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health
Dr. Lloy Wylie holds an adjunct position with the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, and has an Interdisciplinary PhD from the University of British Columbia. Her research is in health systems and health services, with a focus on equity, and improvement of health services and access through community-based participatory research.
Title: Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions
Description: This presentation will focus on four Self-Management programs: Chronic Disease, Chronic Pain, Diabetes, and Arthritis/Fibromyalgia. Attendees will learn how to incorporate healthy eating and exercise into daily regimes, and how to problem-solve and turn negative self-talk into positive self-talk. This presentation will also demonstrate how to communicate effectively with friends, family, and health care professionals.
Speaker(s): June Clearsky Aboriginal Liaison and Program Coordinator, UVic, Centre on Aging
June Clearsky first began her involvement in self-management as a volunteer leader by hosting a four-day leader training session. She is now a master trainer and enjoys teaching First Nation people on how to become a facilitator in the Self-Management Programs. Ms. Clearsky brings with her many years of working closely with various Aboriginal communities.
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