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Community Health Nurses of Canada and the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association are pleased to collaborate and to provide a one day pre-conference workshop, on June 26, 2018, in conjunction with the National Community Health Nursing Conference in Regina.  The focus of the workshop will be on trends, issues and approaches for Community Health Nurses, Indigenous Nurses and others to improve Indigenous health.  Program details regarding specific topics and speakers will be shared as soon as confirmed.

The workshop will be followed by the Annual General Meetings of each organization and the evening will feature a joint reception for delegates of the pre-conference day as well as the National Conference attendees.

The one day pre-conference fees include the workshop day, breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks, and evening reception.


Program Printable format




 6:30am - 7:00am

Pipe Ceremony  (optional)

Please bring a long skirt, or a wrap to cover from waist to ankle. If you do not have a wrap, there will be extra available.

 7:00am – 9:00am

 Registration and Breakfast


9:00am – 9:30am

Opening Ceremonies & Remarks

Elder Poitras, Saskatchewan

CINA President: Lea Bil

CHNC President: Katie Dilworth

CNA President: Claire Betker

9:30am – 10:30am

Opening Keynote

Towards Reconciliation: Partnering for Health Equity

  • Dr. W. Ermine, Elder
  • Norma Rabbitskin, RN

Through reconciliation, weaving in cultural revitalization …
When many of the Elders of our community today were children, our people lived in a good way-co-existing our families and with the wider world of nature and sentient beings of the land. People lived by gentle codes of life that enhanced them as they walked paths of non-interference, non-hindrance and honorable reverence for all Creator’s creation. Things have changed and many of our people were affected by "mind disruptions” that exiled them from cultural practices and frayed peoples’ connections with nature. It is now the case many of our people are recognizing the need to go back to traditional practices that teach them how to walk in balance with all life.

To have health equity through reconciliation requires protracted efforts in community development of health systems that are effective and relevant for first nation people. Reconciliation necessarily involves opening spaces in the local health field of community for use of traditional knowledge and the inclusion of ancestral practices in the delivery of health. This involves memory work with elders and knowledge keepers and the intentional weaving of traditional health practices with established bio-medical models of health. This effort in recovery of indigenous knowledge of health must be guided by community, but must also involve an up-take in the policies of provincial and federal departments 

10:30am– 11:00am

Networking Break

visit the artisan exhibits

11:00am– 12:00am

Breakout Sessions

  • Accessing Online Professional Development Courses:  Melissa Spence
  • Working with Fathers: Examining Practice…Creating Change:  Rena Kim
  • Recruitment of Indigenous Nursing Students:  Victoria Marchand
  • Reconciliation in Action: Indigenous Land-based Traditional Medicine Curriculum Development – Pepper Pritty

12:00pm – 1:15pm

Networking Buffet Lunch

visit the artisan exhibits

1:15pm – 2:15pm

Keynote Presentation

IND-Equity: Moving from Benevolence to a Rights-based Nursing Approach for Indigenous Populations

  • Bernice Downey, PhD

Health equity is upheld as a way to assist people to reach their full potential and receive high quality healthcare that is fair and appropriate to them and their needs. Where they live, what they have and who they are is not supposed to matter.

However, there remain significant gaps in health outcomes and access to service for different populations in Ontario. For Indigenous people, lower life expectancy and greater infant mortality paint the picture of ongoing health inequality.

The literature supports a need to balance the implementation of universal measures to improving population health with targeted approaches aimed at improving health outcomes for marginalized populations.


As nurses engage in the development of Post – Truth and Reconciliation strategies to establish a more culturally relevant -safe practice what do they need to know about equity? This session will provide an opportunity to explore this question within the current reconciliation and rights - based environment. 

2:15pm – 2:45pm

Networking Break

visit the artisan exhibits

2:45pm – 3:45pm


Breakout Sessions

  • Are Healthcare Providers Understanding Their Facilitative and Supportive Role During End of Life Care?:  Lea Bill/Angeline Letendre
  • Addressing Opioid and other Addictions:   Juanita Rickard
  • Salt in a Pepper World: Working Interculturally in Indigenous Nursing:  Greg Riehl
  • Indigenous Nursing Mentorship & Cultural Safety for Nursing Education:  Michele Parent-Bergeron/Montana Massicotte

3:50pm – 4:30pm

Wrap up of Workshops and Brief Summary

  • Closing comments - Presidents of CINA/CHNC

5:30pm – 7:00pm

CINA Annual General Meeting 

5:30pm – 6:30pm

CHNC Annual General Meeting

7:00pm – 8:30pm

CINA/CHNC Networking Reception

  • Open for all conference and pre-conference participants!
  • Regionally-inspired appetizers served, and a cash bar will be available.





8:00am - 9:00am

Networking Breakfast & Morning Greetings

9:00am - 10:00am

Opening Keynote: Caring, Connecting and Leading for a Healthy Canada

Dr. Stuart Skinner, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan, Division of Infectious Diseases

Susanne Nicolay, RN, BA, BScN, ACRN, Clinic and Projects Coordinator, Wellness Wheel, Inc.

& Community Member, Name to come


Networking Refreshment Break


Breakout Sessions - 100


Stretch Break


Breakout Sessions - 200

12:30pm - 1:45pm

Networking Lunch

12:30pm - 1:30pm


12:45pm - 1:45pm

Meeting & Lunch of Home Health Nurses

 Open invitation to network and explore supports.

CHN Nurse Educators Meeting

Pre-registration appreciated, for lunch quantity.

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Breakout Sessions - 300

3:00pm - 3:30pm 

Refreshment Break

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Plenary:  Influencing Change in Community Health Nursing

Co-hosts of The Four: Bevann Fox, Wendy Whitebear, Melissa Obey, Samantha Racette  







 7:30am - 8:30am


8:30am - 9:15am

CHNC Standards of Practice Revision Consultation


Networking Breakfast & Morning Greetings


Breakout Sessions - 400


Networking Refreshment Break


Breakout Sessions - 500


Networking Lunch & Recognition Ceremony


Lunch & Meeting of School-Based Public Health Nurses

Pre-registration appreciated for lunch order.

Discussion to include: accessibility to public health resources, web-based information repositories, leadership.

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Breakout Sessions - 600

2:30pm - 2:45pm

Refreshment Break

2:45pm - 3:10pm

Breakout Sessions - 700

3:20pm - 4:30pm

Closing Keynote: The Road to Wellness

Gerry Oleman, Cultural Advisor, Elder, Workshop Facilitator 




Book your accommodations at the host hotel!
Rooms booked at the host hotel reduce the cost of meeting room rentals. You are helping to keep conference registration rates lower, by staying in the host hotel.

We have negotiated a block of rooms at the DoubleTree Hotel in Regina at the special discount rate of $159 per night plus tax (single or double occupancy).  The rate includes:

  • complimentary wireless internet
  • mini fridge
  • in-room Keurig coffee/tea 
  • local/toll free calling

You can call the hotel at 18006678162 and quote the Booking Code:  CHN.  Rates are holding until June 7th or until sold out.   Book early to avoid disappointment.