Wednesday, November 6 - Morning Workshops

10:45 am to 12:15 pm

Workshop A - Kanesatake, Laying The Foundation for a Healthy Community
In 2012, the Kanesatake Health Center was successful in achieving status from the World Health Organization/UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative Accreditation and became the First Indigenous center in North America to receive this recognition for the breastfeeding support and promotional work we have done in our community. This accreditation inspired the work to develop and produce an indigenous breastfeeding teaching and support tool "Laying the Foundation for a Healthy Community".
Being a Mohawk community, it was important for us to reclaim this traditional cultural element through empowering women to reconnect with their ancient tradition of breastfeeding their children and to enlist the support of the whole community.  And thus, the Breastfeeding support teaching guide was born which is a culturally adapted educational and support guide.
This presentation will review what our breastfeeding teaching guide offers. We will explain an intergenerational experience that is enriched in First Nations culture and provides great information about breastfeeding culture.
This teaching guide is fun, interactive and designed to be flexible and is easy to use. There are visually stimulating tools and hands on activities that are fun and informative. The audience will be captivated by a short clip from our video component included within the breastfeeding teaching kit.
Speakers: Karen MacInnes, MCH Nurse, Kanesatake Health Center
Karennahawi McComber, Manager, Child & Family Services Kanesatake Health Center
Crissann Thompson, Family Development Coordinator, Baby Friendly Coordinator Kanesatake Health Center

Workshop B - Onion Lake’s Treaty-Based Health Funding Journey
The workshop will include a discussion of Onion Lake Cree Nation’s and Onion Lake Health Board Incorporated’s journey to establish, negotiate and enter into a Treaty-Based Health Funding Agreement. It will include discussion around:
•The historical context for pursuing a Treaty-Based Health Funding Agreement
•The decision making process to move forward with establishing a Treaty-Based Health Funding Agreement
•The process for identifying the health programs and services needed by Onion Lake Cree Nation community members, including lessons learned
•The methodology and approach for determining the health funding requirements for Onion Lake Cree Nation, including lessons learned
•The approach and process for negotiation with First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, including challenges and lessons learned to date
•Initial successes with securing additional health funding over a three-year period, including the planning process used for allocating those additional funds and ongoing performance measurement
•Next steps and ongoing challenges to overcome in completing the Treaty-Based Health Funding Agreement journey.
Throughout the workshop, the speakers will encourage questions and discussions with session participants, to ensure the session is both engaging and interactive.
Speakers: Karla Bird, Policy/Financial Analyst, Onion Lake Health Board Incorporated, Onion Lake Cree Nation
Gregory Runke, Senior Manager, Health Consulting, MNP

Workshop C - Pre-Hospital Emergency Care: The Akwesasne Experience
The community of Akwesasne receives pre-hospital care through the services of the Akwesasne Mohawk Ambulance (AMA) Program.  The AMA has been in existence since 1982.  It originally started out offering First Aid & CPR to the community of Akwesasne and evolved into a licensed Emergency Medical Service in 1991.  Today, the service consists of sixteen community members of various Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) levels - Paramedic, Critical Care, Advanced, and Basic.
The AMA provides service to the First Nation of Akwesasne located within three jurisdictions - Ontario, Quebec and NY State. Ambulance operations are under the authority of the Director of Health, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (CFNHM).
Our successes are many, our challenges are many.  Akwesasne faces a critical skills shortage in the emergency medical services area.  With the population ever growing and the number of EMT’s remaining the same we had no alternative but to take the matter into our own hands.   As a result, we introduced a “Grow your own EMT” program.  This was in partnership with our community economic development program where we were provided assistance in the areas of training/professional development, equipment purchases and salary dollars.
This workshop will discuss the evolution, partnerships, training, expertise and skill enhancements that the Akwesasne Mohawk Ambulance went thru in order to grow the service for our First nation territory and will share valuable tips and ideas on what to consider when building your own community Emergency Medical Services.
Speakers: Keith Leclaire, CFNHM, Director of Health, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne
Leah Tarbell, Acting Program Manager, Akwesasne Mohawk Ambulance

Workshop D - Managing and Creating Culturally Safe End of Life and Palliative Care in a Mi’kmaq Community
This presentation will focus on the close and interactive partnership developed between the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and We’koqmaq First Nation care providers to produce culturally safe services for clients and families facing end of life and the many challenges that accompany it.
Many traditional practices such as supporting traditional medicines, end of life conversations with clients and families in talking circle format, various other traditional practices, and in-home visits by a palliative physician from the NSHA will be discussed. We’koqma’q First Nation was also a  partner with  the Canadian Virtual Hospice creating a video series and video clips of community members  on this path – clips will be shown during our presentation. The videos are very powerful and moving.  A slide show of pictures and verbal presentation will outline the relationship that was developed to advocate for clients and families facing death for a needed service that requires full cooperation and respect between both agencies.
Speakers: Kimberly MacDonnell,  LPN, Community and Public Health, Accreditation Coordinator, Waycobah First Nation
Jennifer MacDonald, RN, Health Director, Theresa Cremo Memorial Health Centre

Wednesday, November 6 - Afternoon Workshops

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

The New Fiscal Relationship – What Ideas Are in the Report?
On June 10, 2019, the Joint Advisory Committee on New Fiscal Relationship released its report.  The Chiefs-in-Assembly passed a resolution that there be extensive engagement on this report with First Nation Communities.   This report charts a path forward on the fiscal relationship between First Nations and the Crown.   The report recommends how a statutory transfer is needed to close the socio-economic gap between First Nations peoples and mainstream Canadians.   It includes the Institutions needed to support communities in the future.   In addition, the presenters will provide information on and clarify how the 10-year transfer is separate from the New Fiscal Relationship.
Speaker: Terry Goodtrack, MPA, B Admin, FCPA, FCGA, CAFM, CAPA, C. Dir, President and Chief Executive Officer, AFOA Canada

Workshop F - Promotion of Best Practice Through Outcomes Monitoring and Accreditation
This workshop will review two important indicators to effective service delivery: i) Taking the time to look at the practice models used to determine if the approaches used are creating a barrier due to it coming from a worldview that conflicts with the communities viewpoint; ii) Understanding how service health delivery is impacting the individual or community that is being serviced.  This information is based on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs which addresses higher health needs when the primary ones are not addressed, creating complex issues limiting positive health outcomes. The panelists will be using the research from the World Health Organization and Dr. Leroy Little Bear to help guide the conversation. The health outcomes of the less advantaged communities in Canada lack behind the national averages, due to solutions that do not incorporate Indigenous worldviews nor effectively respond to the many social determinants of health (SDH) such as location, education, employment, gender, water and sanitation conditions etc. Canadian Accreditation Council’s (CAC) undertook research to assess an Indigenous worldview and social determinants of health of the less advantaged communities in Canada and its impact on health outcomes and to integrate the measures and tools on addressing and tackling the incorporation of Indigenous worldview and the SDH in service delivery.
Speakers: Dr. Sana Naffa, Board Member, Canadian Accreditation Council
Cheryl Whiskeyjack, Executive Director,  Bent Arrow Healing Society
Calvin Wood, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Accreditation Council

Workshop G - Evaluation of Cumberland House Youth Land-Based Culture Camps and Canoe Quest
The youth of Cumberland House Cree Nation participated in a total of four Land-based Culture Camps and a Canoe Quest in the summer of 2018. Engaging youth through land-based teachings is a hands-on approach to experiential learning of the culture of one’s community. There is limited information on the effectiveness of cultural land-based initiatives. The goal of this evaluation was to determine the impact of attending the Land Based Camps and/or Canoe Quest on the youth with respect to the youths’ knowledge of culture, connection with others, and their overall feeling of empowerment. This evaluation used a youth community-based participatory research approach where the process was driven by youth in the community. The target population for this evaluation was youth between the ages of 11 to 17. The youth’s attendance in the Land-based Culture Camps and Canoe Quest resulted in improvements in their connectedness to their culture, connection with each other and sense of empowerment. The Land-based Culture Camp has sparked an interest in the youth to learn about their ancestors and their ways of doing things. The Canoe Quest gave the youth the opportunity to experience how their ancestors lived and worked. The youth are beginning to understand who they are and where they came from through the teachings that they were provided.  They are beginning to understand what they are capable of through the projects and initiatives that they have undertaken since returning from the camp and Canoe Quest. The presentation of these findings will involve youth presenters that will share their experiences and those of their peers. Services, Government of Saskatchewan.
Speakers: Brendan Pikaluk, Program Evaluation Consultant, Cumberland House Cree Nation (SK)
Daylen Laliberty, Grade 11, Nisto Awasisak Memorial School (SK)
Shaelene Stewart, Grade 8, Charlebois Community School (SK)

Workshop H - Dilico Anishinabek Family Care: A Primary Care Travelling Team Approach
The workshop will focus on the introduction, engagement, and roll-out of Dilico’s Primary Care Travelling Team (PCTT), which consists of primary care and allied health services. The PCTT is a health initiative designed to bring quality care into our First Nation communities across the Robinson Superior Treaty Area. Based on identified gaps in First Nation healthcare provision, the focus of the PCTT has been to increase access to healthcare and improve health outcomes for the First Nations population and the surrounding district by receiving an optimum level of care closer to home. To accomplish, the allied health care team consists of Nurse Practitioners, Social Workers, Registered Practical Nurses, Mental Health Registered Nurses, Pharmacist, Chiropodist, Registered Dietician, Traditional Healing Liaison, and consulting Physicians and Psychologists. The integrated inter-professional team allows us to deliver a wide range of services to the First Nations, including scheduled medical appointments, physical assessments, treatments and referrals, chronic disease management, specialized foot care, programming to support healthy lifestyles, advice and counseling on diet and nutrition, comprehensive medication management, and individual, family and group counseling among others. Workshop attendees will get insight into the origins of the team, how initial engagement with First Nation communities was undertaken, and how the team was built to meet the needs of our population. Promising practices will be discussed in a case study approach, along with the difficulties that arise while trying to service an extremely large geographical area; including, travel and scheduling logistics, and recruitment and retention. Attendees will get material illustrating the process of building the team and delivery of services. To ensure the workshop is engaging and interactive, we will deliver the material via PowerPoint in an open dialogue fashion where questions and answers can be asked throughout the presentation, and feedback will be encouraged from the participants.
Speaker: Curtis Hildebrandt, DM, MSc, hBSc, Primary Care Team Manager, Dilico Anishinabek Family Care


Accommodation

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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Accommodation

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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