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22-Jul-2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

CCHL and Health Standards Organization Present:

Engaging with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, communities and organizations “Are You Ready?”

July 22,  2020
12:00 to 1:00 PM (ET)

This webinar is free of charge. Limited capacity - please register early.

Health systems and organizations increasingly use a people-centred approach to improve patient safety and outcomes. Knowing how to be prepared to engage can play a key role in a project or system’s success. 

Learn the “why” and the “how” of meaningful engagement with First Nations, Inuit and Métis groups who live in your jurisdiction’s health system. 

Join health and Indigenous health leaders in a safe space where you will learn:
  • What you need to do to prepare for engagement
  • How you can tell whether you are ready to engage (nurturing relationships to a positive state)
  • How you can take those critical first steps to engaging with First Nations, Inuit and Métis groups

Attendees will find a few questions on the registration forms that are designed to encourage reflection and learning about the connections between where they live and the Indigenous people who have occupied the land before them.    

Featured speakers:

Kimberly Fairman
Kimberly Fairman
Executive Director at the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research (ICHR)

Kimberly Fairman is the Executive Director at the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research (ICHR). She leads a strategy for the ICHR that aims to engage with communities and building northern capacity for health research. The Institute is located in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and Kimberly has been showcasing the valuable contribution of Indigenous knowledge holders, northern communities and practitioners to the modern research agenda.  Kimberly is the Nominated Principal Applicant on the Northwest Territories Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research grant from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).

Ms. Fairman spent over 20 years in the federal and territorial public service with senior responsibilities in all three northern territories. She was trained as a nurse at Aurora College and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Alberta.

She serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health, was recently awarded the Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Practice from the Commonwealth Fund and is the Government of Canada member on the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board.

Ms. Fairman is Nunavummiut, her home community is Taloyoak, NU.

Marilee A. Nowgesic
Marilee A. Nowgesic
Chief Executive Officer with the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association (CINA)

Originally from the Fort William First Nation, near Thunder Bay Ontario, Marilee is from the Ojibway Nations and an Eagle clan member. Marilee received her traditional teachings from the recognized First Nations Elders of her home community. Her formal postsecondary education was obtained from Lakehead University and Carleton University with degrees in Sociology. Additionally, she studied music with the Royal Conservatory of Music, and obtained achievements in Violin, Guitar and Music Theory. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer with the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association (CINA).

Over the past 25 years, Ms. Nowgesic has worked with numerous clients from various platforms in the federal, provincial, territorial government and numerous Indigenous and non-government and private sector agencies. Her primary expertise was in the development of communication strategies, community-based programs, social marketing campaigns, and policy development guidelines which are targeted for Indigenous communities across Canada. With a focus on Indigenous governance, she remains committed to building capacity and training environments necessary for the Indigenous community to make informed decisions and to engage in their empowerment. At the current time, Ms. Nowgesic is developing resources, and culturally safe tools to bring the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions’ Calls to Action (94) to a forum for Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences.

Her greatest joys are the cherished moments with her lifetime partner and their two granddaughters – Carolynn and Olivia. They look forward to transferring their knowledge, skills and traditional Indigenous practices and experiences to these lucky little girls!!

Alyssa Bryan, RN, MScN
Alyssa Bryan, RN, MScN
Program Manager with the Standards and Evidence Development team at Health Standards Organization

Alyssa Bryan, RN, MScN is a Program Manager with the Standards and Evidence Development team at Health Standards Organization. She is also a registered nurse with experience working in critical care, primary care and public health. Alyssa has become an advocate for underserved clients and has collaborated across sectors and boundaries to facilitate client access to health and social services.

In her role as Program Manager, Alyssa works with technical committees of experts (including patient and family advisors) to develop health system and service-based standards such as the Integrated, Peoples-Centred Health System, Primary Health Care, Cultural Safety and Humility and Mental Health and Substance Use.

Join the College today for only $160 for the first year registration fee. CCHL membership details available here.

Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 1 Category I credits toward their maintenance of certification requirement.