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Indigenous Health Conference (May 26-27, 2016)

Towards Health and Reconciliation




  • Call for Abstracts Opens: Monday, October 5, 2015
  • Call for Abstracts Closes: Monday, January 15, 2016
  • Notification of Acceptance: Tuesday, February, 16, 2016
  • Presenter Response: Tuesday, March 15, 2016
  • Conference Dates: May 26-27, 2016

During the IHC 2014 Challenging Health Inequities, we heard heartbreaking stories through Justice Murray Sinclair about the residential school legacy. We made the 2014 Toronto Declaration, where the conference participants unanimously declared that we believed that a genocide occurred by the government of Canada against Indigenous peoples. We heard about the huge disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and the urgent need to address these issues. We also heard about hope, resiliency self-determination and about moving forward.

We are pleased to welcome you to the Indigenous Health Conference (IHC) 2016: Towards Health and Reconciliation, which will take place May 26th – 27th 2016 at the Hilton Meadowvale, Mississauga ON, where the theme is discussing reconciliation and solutions towards improved health for all Indigenous peoples. In addition the emphasis will be on healthy environments, from ecological health of the planet to the determinants of health. The conference primarily is through the voices of Indigenous peoples. Through the call for abstracts, we will profile the work of our community partners who are involved in Indigenous Health throughout Canada.

Health care providers have a critical role with Indigenous populations in advocating for the improved status of an individual, family, community. This conference is an interdisciplinary event would be of interest to healthcare providers (physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, community health representatives, rehab, etc.), but also to policy makers, and public health specialists and community members, however anyone interested in Indigenous health is welcome. The conference objectives are to facilitate the translation and dissemination of knowledge and improve cultural sensitivity about Indigenous health in Canada. In addition the Job Fair would help match providers with working opportunities with Indigenous peoples, both rural and urban.

We believe that through examining the evidence and creating dialogue with Indigenous peoples, experts in the field and healthcare providers, we can help create better educated, more culturally competent health care providers for Indigenous peoples. In turn, this will improve the health care service, improve the understanding of healthcare needs, help formulate community-based research questions and improve advocacy for Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Be part of the movement!

Anna Banerji, O.Ont., MD, MPH, FRCPC, DTM&H
Conference Director
Director, Global and Indigenous Health
Continuing Professional Development
University of Toronto



  • Wab Kinew, Onigaming First Nation, Hip Hop Musician, CBC journalist
  • Dr. David Suzuki (or designate)
  • Dr. Lisa Monkman, Ojibway, Family Physician
  • Dr. James Makokis, Cree from the Saddle Lake First Nation, Family Physician
  • Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Gitxsan First Nations, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada
  • Dr. Barry Lavalee, Saulteaux/Métis Manitoba, Director of the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Aboriginal Health Education
  • Dr. Ian Mosby, Author and Historian on Nutritional Experiments at First Nations Residential Schools
  • Dr. Karen Hill, Mohawk Nation, Family Physician



  • Discuss health disparities & burden of disease among Indigenous peoples in Canada, highlighting certain conditions with a high burden of disease
  • Discuss the impact of the environment on the health of Indigenous peoples in Canada. This includes the toxins impacting the environment, but also the determinants of health, such as housing, clean water, adequate food, etc.
  • Start a dialogue about potential long term solutions towards health equity and providing healthier environments
  • Discuss cultural competencies and safety in working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations
  • Job Fair to facilitate matching healthcare providers with working opportunities with Indigenous populations


Any interested party is welcome.

The focus will interdisciplinary healthcare providers and may include:

  • physicians
  • nurses
  • nurse practitioners
  • midwives
  • allied health providers
  • settlement workers
  • community health workers
  • students
  • social workers
  • public health specialists and policy makers
  • researchers
  • dentists, dental hygienists and dental therapists
  • EMS
  • any professional interested in indigenous health