We are happy to announce the annual McGill Nurses for Global Health conference on the theme “Indigenous Ways of Knowing: Healthcare Professionals and Community Leaders.”
The publication of the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action presented to this country an actionable framework of accountability that has inspired and guided many efforts across Canada. Within the healthcare domain specifically this call has included actions such as increasing the recruitment and retention of Indigenous health professionals, and additionally the training of all healthcare professionals to be culturally competent. While the Ingram School of Nursing has made some great strides towards meeting these recommendations, much work remains to be done.
Four members of Indigenous communities from across Canada (Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw, Neheyiwak and Kanien'kehá:ka) will be speaking on various themes regarding the Indigenous ways of knowing and the experience of Indigenous healthcare professionals and community members with Canadian healthcare institutions as well as where to go from here:
Meghan Eaker, RN
-Meghan Eaker is a nehiyaw iskwew (Cree woman) of mixed Cree and European ancestry. She is a member of the Woodland Cree First Nation and grew up in amiskwachiy waskahikhan (Edmonton, AB). She worked as a child psychiatric Nurse at the Montreal Children’s Hospital after completing her Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BScN) at McGill in 2016 and is currently a Masters of Nursing student. In her Nursing career she is passionate about improving health care for indigenous people.
Jessica Barudin, BHK, MSc PT
Cheryl McDonald, RN
-Otsitsaken:ra (Charles Patton) is a respected elder in the Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) Community of Kahnawa:ke, which is on the south shore of the island of Tio’tia:ke (Montreal) — the northern section of Kanien’keha:ka ancestral territory. His name Otsitsaken:ra means Speckled Flower, he is a Bear Clan Kanien’keha:ka (people of the flint), married to Niioie:ren for 46 years, he is father to 3 sons and grandfather of 7 grandchildren.
He is a “Faith Keeper” at the Mohawk Trail Longhouse in Kahnawa:ke. FaithKeepers are people who have committed themselves (to the Creator) to ensuring the continuance of Kanien’keha:ka tradition, language and culture.
(All bios will be updated shortly)
The event will take place at Thompson House on January 17th from approximately 18h00 to 20h30. The working format for the conference is 4 speakers followed by a panel discussion. There will be buffet-style catering provided by Thomson House available before and after the event.
Entrance is FREE
Please RSVP via the following link: https://eventbrite.com/e/indigenous-ways-of-knowing-tickets-53912867839
Thomson House is accessible via ramp from the terrace adjacent to the side parking lot, though there is no automatic door. A bell near the door can be used to request assistance. An elevator is available to access the upper floor where the conference will be held. Please contact us ahead of time if you will require any assistance getting up to the Ballroom.