Media Alert – Yukon Physicians to Focus on Aboriginal Health at YMA 2014 AGM

WHITEHORSE, Nov 7. 2014 – The Yukon Medical Association (YMA) annual general meeting’s educational component will put perspective on Aboriginal peoples’ story in Canada.  The aim is to start a National conversation on how Canadian doctors can deliver better care though a better understanding of the culture and life experience of Canada’s First Nations and Inuit.

Event details:

Date: November 8, 2014
Location: Coast High Country Inn, 4051 Fourth Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon
Speakers: The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
Dr. Ken Coates, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan
Program: 08:00 – 08:15 Introductions and Welcome (Dr. Ken Quong, YMA President)
08:15 – 10:00 Truth and Reconciliation Commission: what we heard
Justice Sinclair will address what he heard across Canada and the challenge he made to all health care providers to educate themselves as to the First Nation’s experience in Residential School.
10:15 – 12:00 First Nations in Yukon: a historical review
Dr. Ken Coates will talk to delegates about the history that brings us to what we Canadians are struggling with today.

Dr. Ken Quong, YMA President, will be available to comment on the program.

The Yukon Medical Association is a voluntary association of Yukon’s medical doctors. The role of the association is to work as advocates for its members, promote the highest level of professionalism in medical practice, and promote accessible quality health care for Yukoners.

SOURCE Yukon Medical Association

For further information: Amanda Leslie, Mosaic Communications, 867.334.4770


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