Tuesday Workshops

Tuesday morning workshops

10:45 am to 12:15 pm

Workshop A - The Right to Health Care Under the Medicine Chest Provisions of Treaties With the Crown:  Historical Origins and Meaning Today
By Treaty, statute, policy and section 35 of the Constitution Act 1982, the Crown has promised health care services and jurisdiction to First Nations in Canada. This workshop will review the various sources of these rights and will discuss the meaning of these rights on First Nation reserves and in First Nation health care facilities. In particular, there will be an exploration of their impact on funding, licensing, delivery and governance of health care, including questions of labour relations and health profession regulation. The speakers will also review, analyze and explain recent case law and government policy regarding reconciliation and legislative jurisdiction.
Speakers: Gerald Chipeur, Partner, Miller Thomson LLP
Danika Littlechild, Lawyer, Member of the Ermineskin Cree Nation, AB

Workshop B - Holistic and Innovative Practices for Service Planning and Delivery to Address Violence at Cowichan Tribes
Violence (including domestic violence, bullying and victimization) is a problematic feature for our communities due to the legacy of Indian Residential Schools.

With our exploration of the social and financial costs of violence intervention, we became aware of the high level of resources being dedicated by many services for intervening in violent incidents.  While this is vital for immediate support and stabilization, it became clear that a comparable level of resources were not dedicated to violence prevention and postvention.

Similar to the challenges identified during the development of the Hope, Help & Healing toolkit developed in 2015 to prevent and respond to suicide, which noted awareness of intervention supports, but a lack of resources in suicide prevention and postvention.

The speaker will provide interactive and in-depth information about the innovative and holistic programs provided at Cowichan Tribes to address violence. She will also share valuable learning about the importance of service planning, implementation and evaluation and building strong networks among service providers. The speaker will also address the link between planning and accreditation, strategic planning and community health needs.
Speaker: Cynthia Jamieson, Manager, Kwun’atsustul Counselling Program, Ts’ewulhtun Health Centre, Cowichan Tribes

Workshop C - OARS: Using Quality Improvement Approaches to Ensure Patient Needs Steer Opiate Addictions Recovery Services
There is no single way into an opiate use disorder and there is certainly not just one way out. How can professionals create services that offer best practice, consistency and equity of access while still remaining responsive to individual needs? These are some of the questions the speakers struggled with when establishing the Opiate Addictions Recovery Services (OARS) clinic in a small northwest Saskatchewan city. The clinic is a partnership between Battle River Treaty 6 Health Services and the Saskatchewan Health Authority.  Over the past 3 years, the clinic has grown, changed and responded and they will share lessons learned with participants.

The clinic team composed of an addictions counsellor, an outreach worker and a physician,  will present their experiences as a case study to explore several different aspects of their work. The workshop will provide:
•A description of quality improvement tools used to plan clinic services and participants will practice using some of the tools;
•Ideas for keeping a patient centered approach at the core of services;
•Tools to engage partners in productive and timely decision-making;
•Examples of ways to address mental health and substance use disorder stigma , including an interactive activity around the ‘language of substance use disorder’; and
•A demonstration of inclusion of Indigenous view of health into primary health care.
Speakers: Jessica Gardipy, Case Manager, Opiate Addictions Recovery Services Clinic
Dr. Erin Hamilton, Physician, Opiate Addictions Recovery Services Clinic
Kent Lindgren, Outreach Worker, Opiate Addictions Recovery Services Clinic

Workshop D - Fresh off the Press!! Developing Health and Wellness Plans: A Guide for First Nations
The First Nations Health Managers Association is excited to present Developing Health and Wellness Plans: A Guide for First Nations, developed for the first time by a national First Nation health organization. This guide has been created based on the experiences, voices, and inherent wisdom of First Nation health managers.
Your Health and Wellness Plan is your “Big Plan”. It is your organization’s primary document that defines your health priorities, outlines how the programs and services will help achieve your goals, and identifies how you will measure the progress and success of your efforts.

Whether this is the first time you are developing a Health and Wellness Plan or the tenth time, whether you are a single small community or a large multi-community group, there will be content in this Guide that can help you plan. Come learn more about the new Guide and be one of the first to receive your copy!
Speaker: Lori Keith, CFNHM, Advisor, First Nations Health Managers Association

Tuesday afternoon workshops

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Workshop E - The Journey from Lateral Violence to Lateral Kindness: Strategies for Success
Lateral Violence (also sometimes referred to as horizontal violence, lateral aggression, internalized oppression) continues to obstruct the otherwise excellent work being done in the field of health care.  From the early research in nursing, to a more contemporary focus within an Indigenous context, awareness is increasing of the negative impacts Lateral Violence has on workplace morale and productivity, and client outcomes.

The journey from Lateral Violence to Lateral Kindness has become a movement, with well over 50 communities across Canada having initiated the training and healing necessary for growth. This session will provide a lens through which participants can view the foundational causes of Lateral Violence (particularly in aboriginalIndigenous communities), as well as discussing “what it looks like” and the impacts on individuals, families, workplaces and communities.  Strategies will be presented for organizations interested in embarking on a journey to Lateral Kindness, with special attention paid to communication, conflict and power.  With today’s increasing focus on employee mental health and wellness, Lateral Violence is an area that demands attention from leadership.
Speakers: Neil Burrows, RSW, Director, First Health Solutions
Joanne Mills, RSW, Executive Director, Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association

Workshop F - Closing the Gaps to Service for First Nations Children Living with Complex Care Needs
The Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services Inc. (FFTAHS) is an accredited agency that provides health services to ten First Nation communities in Treaty #3 territory in rural Northwestern Ontario.  Participants will hear how FFTAHS, guided by its core values of the 7 Grandfather teachings and its vision of Mino ayawin (good health), developed its Jordan’s Principle Child’s First Initiative Program to meet the needs of the children in our communities.

Learn how FFTAHS Child’s First Initiative strives to provide a children’s program with equitable access to  assessment, rehabilitation and support services that are both culturally grounded and community driven, while rooting practices in an Indigenous view of health and well-being. The speakers will share their journey in pursuing collaborative partnerships with existing services while concurrently navigating systemic challenges that directly impact the health and wellbeing of communities. Utilizing the strengths of a multidisciplinary team, participants will understand how our knowledge bundles (personal, professional and agency) play a critical role in advocating for community-driven services for clients, families and communities as well as the development of best-practices in a new landscape of children’s services for First Nations children.
Speakers: Kayla Caul-Chartier, BHScN, RN, Director of Health Services, Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services Inc.
Ashlee Grimard, Manager of Child’s First Initiative/ Community Health, Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services Inc.

Workshop G - New Fiscal Relationship Update
In the past year, there have been a number of developments in the new fiscal relationship between First Nations and the Crown.   The speakers will provide an update on recent developments of the new fiscal relationship and how this might be relevant to health funding.
Speakers: Simon Brascoupé, CFNHM, MA, CAPA, Vice President, Education and Training, AFOA Canada
Dan Wilson, Special Advisor, Assembly of First Nations

Workshop H - Indigenous Midwives and Doulas in Saskatchewan and Manitoba: Current Situation and Opportunities
The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) collaborative research initiative between the Sturgeon Lake First Nation and File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council/All Nations Healing Hospital focused on Indigenous birth practices to identify the types of maternal child health services required in First Nations communities. The long-term goal is to improve birthing care for Indigenous mothers who deserve to have culturally appropriate services during their pregnancy, through delivery, and after their babies are born. In partnership with stakeholders, the Sturgeon Lake First Nation and FHQTC/ANHH are leading this initiative to bring back a blended approach to traditional birthing practices as innovative solutions to address these issues.

In the second part of the workshop, speakers from Manitoba will present a case study that examines a promising culture as the foundation of wellness program. The workshop will include an overview of the Sacred Circle of Life Birth Helper Training and the Manitoba Indigenous Doula Initiative program which was designed to restore the original role of Indigenous women as birth helpers. The speakers will discuss the importance of self-care and healing when working with Indigenous mothers and families and will also present an overview of how the program works with other available programs in First Nation communities to strengthen health and wellness for mothers and their newborns. The speakers will review some of the key elements of developing successful partnerships to put Indigenous ways of knowing into action and participants will be provided with tools and templates for creating partnerships with researchers and other community-based organizations.
Speakers: Lorna Breitkreuz, Director of Client Services, All Nations Healing Hospital
Helga Hamilton, Director of Health Programs, Cross Lake First Nation Health Centre, MB
Jolene Mercer, Board Member, Manitoba Indigenous Doula Initiative, MB
Norma Rabbitskin, Nurse Manager, Sturgeon Lake First Nation Health Centre, SK


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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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