Wednesday Workshops

Wednesday morning workshops

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Workshop I - Cannabis Legalization and Regulation – First Nations Perspectives
The Cannabis Act came into force on October 17, 2018. It puts in place a new, strict framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis in Canada. The Cannabis Act will prevent youth from accessing cannabis and displace the illegal cannabis market. Protecting the health and safety of youth is a top priority and Indigenous communities, leaders and organizations across Canada have raised diverse views and objectives regarding cannabis legalization and regulation.
Kari Nisbet will share information on the Government of Canada’s public health approach to the legalization and regulation of cannabis and associated activities in support of this initiative. This will include an overview of First Nations engagement activities, public education activities, and more. Jasmine Fournier will share information about First Nations' specific regional cannabis focus groups led by the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation. This will include an overview of the tools used during the focus groups and the Indigenous Community Cannabis Survey, which conference participants are invited to complete.
Speakers: Jasmine Fournier, Indigenous Knowledge Exchange Coordinator, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation
Kari Nisbet, Manager, Indigenous Relations, Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch, Health Canada

Workshop J - Weaving Teachings Together to Create Quality Services for Communities
As an organization, how do we tangibly weave the seven sacred teachings into practice with staff and clients to ensure we are meeting accreditation standards? How do we as leaders demonstrate our values? Come learn how the speakers are bridging values with observable client impact and client and family centered care using Wrap Around. Wrap around is a strength-based, family focused, team planning process that helps to identify shared goals that promote a sense of hopefulness in families and communities. Client and family centered care shifts the focus from doing something to or for the client to doing something with the client, a shared goal. The speakers will demonstrate how Wrap Around can accomplish a client and family centered care approach and how its principles compliment the seven sacred teachings. This collaboration thus helps leaders and their staff to continually be working at improved client centered and quality services.
The speakers will invite participants to explore the teachings and principles and review how to put them in practice in the workplace and ultimately how this collaboration can increase the quality of their services. This interactive presentation will include group discussions, activities, and mini lectures to showcase lesson- learned and challenges.
Speakers: Pam Peterson, Early Childhood Development Director, Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre
José Pruden, Wellness Director & Accreditation Coordinator, Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre

Workshop K - How to Become a Certified First Nations Health Manager (CFNHM)
Are you interested in becoming a Certified First Nations Health Manager (CFNHM)? Are you interested in professional development? Join FNHMA staff to learn about the Certified First Nations Health Manager (CFNHM)designation. There are two pathways to certification: Courses and Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). FNHMA offers five exciting courses in First Nations health management that lead towards certification and FNHMA will recognize and honor the experiences that you already bring to your profession. Attend this workshop and we will walk you through the options available to you!
Moderator: Connie Toulouse, Manager of Education and Operations, First Nations Health Managers Association
Speaker: Marion Crowe, CFNHM, CAFM, Chief Executive Officer, First Nations Health Managers Association
Kristine Neglia, MA, Education Specialist, First Nations Health Managers Association

Workshop L - Exploring Long-Term Care Facilities in Our Communities
Although there is significant research and inherent knowledge that exists on the health needs of First Nations elders, there remains a significant gap in the services, programs and facilities available within First Nations to provide quality care.  Elder care has fallen into the jurisdictional gap between the federal and provincial governments, leaving many elders to age at home without sufficient care, or age off-reserve in settings that do not reflect their cultural and social needs.

While the landscape is shifting and both federal and provincial governments are exploring on-reserve continuing care, the roadmap is still unclear.  Some First Nations have set their own trails and faced uncertain challenges, yet they have ultimately been successful.  Join us to hear their stories.

Representatives from the Blood Tribe Department of Health and Natalie Paavola from Dilico Anishinabek Family Care, will share their experience and advice from their respective community efforts to secure sustainable funding for long-term care beds on-reserve.  This will be an interactive session and we encourage audience members to bring their own stories, questions and advice to share and grow our collective capacity.
Moderator: Will Fong, CMC, PMP, Management Consulting, MNP
Speakers: Kevin Cowan, Chief Executive Officer, Blood Tribe
Derrick Fox, Finance Manager, Blood Tribe
Natalie Paavola, Director of Health, Dilico Anishinabek Family Care
Karen Shade, Director of Home Care & Long Term Care

Wednesday afternoon workshops

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Workshop M - Professionalism and a Code of Ethics? What is "Ethics" and How is it Integrated Into Everyday Interactions at Your Centre?
This presentation will explore the definition of a code of ethics and identify who is involved in developing and implementing a code of ethics. Why is it necessary for your organization to have a code of ethics? The speakers will also provide examples of how a code of ethics can support the staff to align their decisions and actions with relevant values, duties and principles of your organization. While a code of ethics may address issues related to organizational business ethics, research ethics, clinical ethics, and bioethics, this workshop will focus on codes of conduct, guidelines, processes, and values to help guide everyday interactions and decision making.
Speakers: Brenda Emerson, Client Engagement Coordinator, Accreditation Canada
Josephine Kay, Health Director, Kahkewistahaw Health Centre
Sandra Shade, Director of Client Services, Blood Tribe

Workshop N - Strengthening the Circle of Care: National Expansion Project: First Nations Citizen Health Portal
Within First Nations health programs, the individual, family, and community are key in the circle of care. This approach is reinforced through the Mustimuhw Citizen Health Portal (Portal). The Portal, integrated with the Mustimuhw community electronic medical record (cEMR), provides patients with access to their health records, enables electronic communication with care providers and allows other providers to participate in a stronger circle of care.

Cowichan Tribes, Mustimuhw Information Solutions and Canada Health Infoway are working together to expand the use of the cEMR and Portal in approximately 137 First Nations Health Organizations across Canada. Privacy program enhancements are included in this expansion, as is change management and data migration support to facilitate health centres transition from paper-based to digital health processes. The cEMR and the Portal are recognized by providers and funders alike as foundational enablers for digital health capacity in health centres.

This workshop, led by First Nation health centre managers and clinical providers, will describe how these tools support service delivery, care coordination, patient safety and integration with health care partners. Lessons learned along the way as they have supported staff, colleagues and community members to benefit from digital health advances will also be discussed. Finally, there will be a discussion on how these powerful tools are supporting broader health transformation objectives and contributing to First Nations health data sovereignty.

Attendees will receive information on how they may take advantage of opportunities to adopt and use the cEMR and Portal in their health centres.
Moderator: Perry Kjargaard, ACCESS e-Services Director, Canada Health Infoway
Speakers: Randy Cox, Health Manager, Wahgoshig First Nation
Cynthia Jamieson, Manager, Kwun’atsustul Counselling Program, Cowichan Tribes Ts’ewulhtun Health Centre
Adrienne Lewis, Home Care Nurse, Clinical Lead, Health Department, Splatsin First Nation
Workshop sponsored by: Canada Health Infoway

Workshop O - Capacity Initiatives and Supporting Data Management in First Nations Communities
Address capacity disparities of First Nations communities 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 to drive policy and program development for First Nation people.

In this workshop, speakers will present an overview of Alberta First Nation communities working towards self-determination in information governance through data sovereignty. The strength in this approach comes from respectful and dynamic research relationships that bring together a mutual understanding and cooperation to address the various gaps and outcomes in First Nation health and wellness.

Through extensive engagement sessions with Alberta First Nation partners, the development of First Nation research methodologies, First Nation indicators and logic frameworks have begun in support of addressing systemic issues in the health and wellbeing of First Nations people. This happens through the mutual development of key resources such as privacy training, privacy law templates, increased access to data resources currently available and the development of First Nation indicators of health and wellbeing. There is now an opportunity to collect baseline data and begin to promote health and wellness in the most relevant and meaningful way. Participants will learn how to work in partnership to discuss actions to improve the health and wellbeing of all First Peoples.
Speakers: Andy Alook, CFNHM, Health Surveillance Intern, Alberta Health
Darcy Jagodzinsky, Director of Collaborative Partnerships and Research, Alberta First Nations Information Governance Centre

Workshop P - Land-Based Health Practices
This presentation will guide the learner through the concepts of mutuality and reciprocity with Aki (Mother Earth) that is embedded in the Indigenous worldview found throughout Turtle Island. Since time immemorial, the Indigenous people of Turtle Island have recognized the connection with the land as our first teacher. These land-based knowledge bundle teachings begin with the rights of passage in the birthing ceremony, what protocols are connected to the placenta and belly button, through to our traditional medicine, sustainable harvesting, and western doorway protocols (burial rituals and ceremony).  Land-based health practices are integral to our holistic wellness and western empirical data is beginning to recognize this methodology as a valid healing and wellness practice. This workshop will help the learner understand how land-based practices can lead to better health outcomes and inspire clarity of purpose, identity and growth holistically.
Speaker/Moderator: Calvin Morrisseau, CFNHM, Executive Director, Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services, ON and Secretary-Treasurer, FNHMA Board of Directors
Speaker: Lori Flinders, CFNHM, Director of Behavioural Health Services, Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services


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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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