Thursday, November 7 - Morning Workshops

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Workshop I - Health and Wellness Training Design Workshop
Be part of the design of the new First Nations Health and Wellness Planning training program. Last year, the FNHMA Planning Guide was published. The next stage is to design the education program based on values of culture, community, strength and quality. Ultimately, the key goals of this transition are to support health planning capacity and  help communities move into more flexible funding agreements or grants.
The workshop will consist of an overview of the FNHMA “Evolution” Project to develop a plan for a smooth transition of the community health planning training from Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) to the FNHMA.
This hands-on workshop will focus on the design of the education program, particularly:
• Understanding the needs of community health planners• Discussing key training needs for health planners
• Exploring  how quality will be determined, maintained, and upheld
• Identifying tools that will help community health planners
• Understanding the risks and mitigation strategies
• Developing a communications plan to ensure information is shared effectively
To ensure all voices are heard, this workshop will include group work as well as individual reflection. Results will be reported on information sheets provided and discussion will be reported back to the entire workshop attendees.
Moderator/Speaker: Simon Brascoupé, CFNHM, Director of Capacity and Member Services, First Nations Health Managers Association
Speaker: Lori Keith, CFNHM, Advisor, First Nations Health Managers Association

Workshop J - Building Bridges: Leveraging Relationships to Build Sustainable Childrens' Health Servicese
Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council (KTC) includes five member Nations in Northern Alberta with limited access to children’s health services. In response to high rates of youth suicide, early developmental delays, and lack of access to specialized support services for children and their families, KTC has developed an innovative service delivery model to deliver high quality, sustainable children’s health services to its member Nations. Through partnerships with provincial health services, education, and social services, and funding through Jordan’s principle, KTC has and continues to identify and overcome challenges to accessing services in rural locations. Paramount to the success of this model has been the family-centred and relationship-based approach to service delivery that honours Indigenous understandings of family and community.

This workshop, through the case study of KTC Children’s Health, aims to help participants gain an understanding of:
•Innovative service delivery models for children’s health services
•Applying Indigenous understandings and approaches to delivering and evaluating children’s health services
•Strengths and challenges of building partnerships across sectors
•Evidence based approaches to creating sustainable allied health services in rural and remote locations

The workshop will introduce participants to tools and strategies used by the KTC Children’s Health Team to identify, build, and reinforce partnerships including partnership forums, talking circles and communication protocols. We will also explore, through the case study of KTC Children’s Health, ways of incorporating Indigenous methodology in health services evaluation including the use of talking circles. It also presents an example of building health services beginning with an Indigenous understanding of children and family.
Speakers: Emily Vespi, Children’s Team Lead, Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council
Selena Willier-Schmidt, Special Projects Lead, Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council

Workshop K - Strengthening Healthcare Delivery in First Nations Communities Through Quality Improvement Practices: FORGE AHEAD Research Program Results & Community Case-Studies
FORGE AHEAD was a five-year community-driven research program to evaluate primary healthcare models to enhance chronic disease management and provide appropriate access to available services in 9 First Nations communities across Canada using a QI approach. Projects included readiness consultations, development of a diabetes registry and clinical tracking system, QI initiatives, cost analysis, and the development of a scale-up toolkit. This Workshop will be centered on community case-studies, shared through the voices of First Nations partners about their experience using a community-driven QI approach to make changes within their healthcare setting and prevention programs. We will walk the participants through prioritizing, developing, and implementing QI initiatives in an interactive session to build collective knowledge and understand contextual differences. Part of the Workshop will then be to present the FORGE AHEAD program findings to illustrate the outcomes achieved at a clinical and experiential level using qualitative and quantitative data sources. Combining the interactive and experiential process with the results will demonstrate the efficacy of the QI model and how partnering First Nations communities managed challenges and created successes for their clients and the community. Main take-away lessons and tools for the participants: understanding the theory and practice of QI through real case-studies from First Nations communities; understanding the importance of readiness – measurement tools and using readiness levels with matching QI initiatives to make improvements; and sharing of knowledge by First Nations partners to showcase how QI can be used as a tool for community self-determination for healthcare priorities.
Speakers: Joelle Emond, Professional Dietitian, Tehsakotitsén:tha / Kateri Memorial Hospital Center, Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, Québec
Lillian Houle, Health Director, Ebb and Flow First Nation Health Authority, Ebb and Flow First Nation, MB
Harsh Zaran, Program Coordinator, Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, Western University

Workshop L - Lateral Kindness: Decolonization Tool Used to Respond to Lateral Violence
Lateral kindness is an approach to address lateral violence that is based on indigenous values that promote social harmony and healthy relationships. Lateral violence manifests in unique ways for indigenous people because of colonization, racism and intergenerational trauma. Lateral violence has negative impacts on individual health and on organizational culture, safety, retention rates, and quality of service.
This session will share how First Nations health organizations in BC are championing lateral kindness in practice, policy, partnerships, and professional development in health services, and what factors support promoting lateral kindness and ending lateral violence. By shifting the cultural and norms about interactions between patients, health service providers and partners within health services to create more safe, inclusive and culturally safe services. It also has the power to improve health services by increasing workplace safety and retention of health staff by setting values, standards and relationship practices to improve workplace safety and working relationships by building personal skills.
Lateral kindness also addresses the social determinants of health in a unique way. Cultural continuity is recognized as social determinant of health for Indigenous people and is built through lateral kindness by drawing on the traditional teachings that inform the spirit of lateral kindness. Lateral kindness can also be used to support First Nations governance, decision-making and control using traditional values in governance and partnerships, which is can shift health systems to be more culturally-appropriate and increase First Nations governance which is associated with positive health outcomes.
Speaker: Charles Nelson, President, First Nations Health Directors Association and Health Administrator, Snuneymuxw First Nation, BC

Thursday, November 7 - Afternoon Workshops

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Workshop M - First Peoples Wellness Centre
Mental Wellness and Crisis Response Team have been established across the country to support First Nations by providing a community-driven, cultural strengths-based model to increase access to a range of mental wellness services including outreach, assessment, treatment, counselling, case management, referral and aftercare. These teams are often premised on a mix of clinical and community elements that have a strong foundation on cultural knowledge and evidence. The expansion of these teams across the country in the last few years has led to the recognition that a network of supports is necessary to support the expansion, provide opportunities to highlight best and promising practices and to support the ongoing capacity development of these teams to meet the high demand for culturally relevant services. This workshop will discuss the needs assessment undertaken by the First Peoples Wellness Circle and the proposed network of comprehensive supports to be offered to Mental Wellness Teams.
Moderator: Jean Harvey, Director, Canadian Institute for Health Information
Speakers: Anne Duquette, Project Coordinator, First Peoples Wellness CircleDr. Brenda M Restoule, Chief Executive Officer, First Peoples Wellness Circle

Sponsored by: Canadian Institute for Health Information

Workshop N - Medicine of Our Grandmothers: How Indigenous Midwives and Communities are Bringing Back the Medicine of Breastfeeding and Improving Community Wellness and Creating Food Security
This workshop will feature panelists who work to increase breastfeeding, returning this sacred medicine and health practice to the Nations. Breastfeeding is the traditional way of infant feeding, and historically there were many strategies for breastfeeding challenges and many ways in which breastfeeding parents were supported to provide this nourishment and medicine to their children. Through colonization, intergenerational trauma, and many losses, breastfeeding practices and knowledge have significantly decreased. Indigenous communities are increasingly awakening to the benefits of restoring the medicine and knowledge around breastfeeding, seeing important benefits in areas of health, wellbeing and food security.

Stephanie will share about the meaning of breastfeeding to our Nations, the challenges of bringing it back, and the successes of the program at the Tsi Non:we Ionnakeratstha Ona:grahsta’ Maternal and Child Centre.

Karennahawi will represent the Kanesatake Health Center Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) and will share their experience working towards the World Health Organization’s Baby Friendly designation and the affect this has had on the community. This program received an innovation award at last year’s FNHMA Conference in Banff.

Carol will talk about the role Indigenous midwives have in the return of breastfeeding practices and how this ties into community health, wellbeing and food security.
Speakers: Carol Couchie, Nbissing Registered Midwife, Co-Chair, K’Tigaaning Midwives, National Aboriginal Council of Midwives
Karennahawi McComber, Manager, Child & Family Services, Kanesatake Health Center

Workshop O - The Inherent Wisdom of Indigenous Cuisine
Indigenous people across Canada are struggling with disproportionately high rates of chronic disease. For First Nations health practitioners, there are numerous programs and services, medications and treatments, all aimed at trying to assist indigenous patients with managing and overcoming their conditions. There is also a growing appreciation of the impact that diet has on overall health; there is also increasing confusion as mainstream medicine and research delivers conflicting messages regarding nutrition and diet. The newest Canada Food Guide has been hailed as a significant step forward – yet many of the underlying principles are found in indigenous diets dating back thousands of years.
This workshop will focus on both the nutritional value of traditional ingredients, and the community-based traditions around harvesting and preparing the food.
Chef Bill Alexander will share the traditional recipes and ingredients that can be brought back to the participants’ communities and incorporated into programs aimed at encouraging better nutrition and sustainable dietary practices that community members can easily adopt.
Participants will also be presented with important cultural practices related to the harvesting and preparation of traditional foods. These practices are an important cultural element that can help reconnect individuals with their own culture – ultimately contributing to improved mental and physical health.
Speaker: Bill Alexander, Executive Chef, Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, Tsuut’ina Nation, AB

Workshop P - The Collaborative Development of First Nations Health Indicators
The speakers will discuss the development of First Nations Health Indicators in Alberta by supporting data management in First Nations communities. First Nation people need to govern the creation, use, and disclosure of data to support their articulation of wellbeing and improved health outcomes from their own unique worldview perspective. The current data landscape collects information, conducts research, and evaluates systems of colonialism that support western worldview practices at odds with First Nation realities. Evidence based decision- making that is community-led and derived from traditional worldview practices of each sovereign First Nation must be the new standard for the development First Nation Health Indicators by First Nations people. For data to make a difference, clearly articulated partnerships must be established that are built on a foundation of mutual respect, which includes reciprocity.

At the Alberta First Nations Information Governance Centre work has begun in partnership and across jurisdictions to develop Health Indicators for the exclusive use by First Nation communities for surveillance, evaluation, and planning. Through extensive engagement sessions with our Alberta First Nations partners in multiple Treaty regions, the development of First Nation research methodologies, First Nations indicators and logic frameworks has begun in support of addressing systemic issues in the health and wellbeing of First Nations people.

The outcome of this session is to provide an opportunity in which participants can work in partnership to discuss actions to develop First Nations indicators of health and wellbeing of all First Peoples. Respectful collaboration amongst the world’s Indigenous population is work that supports all our communities to action.
Speakers: Andy Alook, CFNHM, Health Surveillance Analyst Intern, Alberta First Nations Information Governance Centre
Bonnie Healy,  Health Manager, Blackfoot Confederacy, AB


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The FNHMA block of rooms is sold out. Please contact the hotel directly for availability and rates.By Phone: Please call the hotel directly at 1-888-627-8559 or 416-869-1600 and refer to the FNHMA Conference 2017 or our group code FK10AA. Make your hotel reservation at the Westin Harbour Castle online.

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