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Indigenous Health Conference. November 20-21, 2014

November 20-21, 2014
Venue: Toronto ON
Organizer: University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, Continuing Professional Development

Indigenous Health Conference l November 20-21, 2014
Toronto, Ontario 

The inaugural Indigenous Health Conference is an interdisciplinary meeting with the aim of discussing health disparities & burden of disease among Indigenous peoples in Canada. Start a dialogue about potential solutions toward health equity and increase cultural competency among health care providers. The conference will also feature a job fair that would provide opportunities for working with Indigenous communities in Canada.

Topic Themes:

  • Women’s Health (including Reproductive and Violence)
  • Children’s Health
  • Mental Health (including Substance Abuse)
  • Infectious Disease
  • Chronic Disease
  • Nutrition
  • Determinants of Health (Housing, Poverty, etc.)
  • Environmental Health
  • Health Care Systems
  • Cultural Competency and Safety
  • Traditional Ways and Self-Determination
  • Indigenous Research and Population Health Data
  • Abstract Submissions Close: Monday, June 23, 2014 at 11:59PM

For more information, please visit the course website

  • Discuss health disparities & burden of disease among Indigenous peoples in Canada, highlighting certain conditions with a high burden of disease.
  • Start a dialogue about potential long term solutions towards health equity.
  • Challenge stereotypes and misperceptions about Indigenous peoples in Canada.
  • 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.

Target Audience
Any interested party is welcome. The focus will interdisciplinary healthcare providers and may include:

  • physicians
  • nurses
  • nurse practitioners
  • midwives
  • allied health providers
  • community health workers
  • students
  • social workers
  • public health specialists and policy makers
  • researchers


New Keynote Speaker Confirmed!
Justice Murray Sinclair
The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair was appointed Associate Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Manitoba in March of 1988 and to the Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba in January 2001. He was Manitoba’s first Aboriginal Judge. Justice Sinclair was born and raised in the Selkirk area north of Winnipeg, graduating from his high school as class valedictorian and athlete of the year in 1968. After serving as Special Assistant to the Attorney General of Manitoba, Justice Sinclair attended the Universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba and, in 1979, graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. He was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1980. In the course of his legal practice, Justice Sinclair practiced primarily in the fields of civil and criminal litigation and Aboriginal law. He represented a cross-section of clients but by the time of his appointment, was known for his representation of Aboriginal people and his knowledge of Aboriginal legal issues. He has been awarded a National Aboriginal Achievement award in addition to many other community service awards, as well as Honourary Degrees from the University of Manitoba, the University of Ottawa, and St. John’s College (University of Manitoba). He is an adjunct professor of Law and an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba.



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