Chiefs of Ontario Welcome Health Professionals to Its 10th Annual Health Forum ‘Celebrating 10 Years of Advancing Community Health and Wellness’

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Chiefs of Ontario Welcome Health Professionals to Its 10th Annual Health Forum
‘Celebrating 10 Years of Advancing Community Health and Wellness’

TORONTO, ON (Feb 22, 2016) — The Chiefs of Ontario will be hosting its 10th Annual Chiefs of Ontario Health Forum this week in Toronto which will include three days of panel presentations, workshops, keynotes speakers and a Recognition Awards Dinner that will honour leaders and partnerships in the First Nations Health sector.

“We know where we want to go. Our theme of celebrating partnerships and community accomplishments is important, as it demonstrates the strength, resiliency and knowledge of our communities and our people. We have worked hard to hold the provincial and federal governments accountable in addressing the needs of First Nation communities. Governments are recognizing that, as First Nations, we have a lot to offer in healing practices and how we care for our people,” said Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee, Chair of the Ontario Chiefs Committee on Health.

“I am excited about the next 10 years in the health and wellness journey of First Nations people. I want to acknowledge past Regional Chiefs and our recently elected Regional Chief and members of the Chiefs Committee on Health for their commitment to the health and well-being of our people.”

Special guests will include Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long Term Care and award-winning documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin among many of the top First Nation health professionals in the country.

The forum is intended for a target audience that includes Community-Based Health Workers, Health Directors, Community Health Nurses, Community Health Representatives and First Nation leadership, policy analysts and managers. There will also be a trade market with over 40 booths and vendors.

Demonstrations will include the Six Nations, The Haudenosaunee Wellness Model: Honouring our way of Helping and Healing and also the Shibogama Land-Based Traditional Family Healing Program.  One workshop will explore historical cultural practices that will create a safe, positive and productive work environment where participants will be able to integrate a cultural and spiritual approach when working within their community. Another workshop includes the Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy which will share research work being done by First Nations in Ontario to create a working definition of poverty.

Twitter Hashtag: #FirstNationHealth2016

For more information and to view the agenda please visit the Chiefs of Ontario Website: www.chiefs-of-ontario.org/

The Chiefs of Ontario is a political forum and a secretariat for collective decision making, action, and advocacy for the 133 First Nation communities located within the boundaries of the province of Ontario, Canada. Follow Chiefs of Ontario on Facebook or Twitter @ChiefsOfOntario

For more info: Bryan Hendry, Policy and Strategic Communications 613-863-1764 Bryan.Hendry@coo.org

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