june, 2016

15jun4:00 pm- 6:00 pmReconciling Relationships: Understanding and Addressing Racism as a Determinant of Indigenous Health


Event Details

Register by Emailing: CRICHlist@smh.ca
Please join us to find out more about how health care and social service providers can understand and address racism as a determinant of Indigenous Health.


• Alita Sauvé / Es’Tlu Je Ma/ Niinokosiin (Hummingbird Mother), Traditional Teacher & Speaker

• Dr. Janet Smylie, Director, Well Living House (http://www.welllivinghouse.com)

• Cheryl Ward, Provincial Lead, San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program (http://www.sanyas.ca/)

• Chelsey Branch, Lead Facilitator, San’yas: Indigenous Cultural Safety Training (http://www.sanyas.ca/)

Additional biographical information for speakers below.

Venue is wheelchair accessible.

Presented by the Centre Talks Committee of the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Dr. Janet Smylie is a mother of six human children and one 8 week old poodle puppy, a family physician and public health researcher. During her medical studies at Queen’s university Dr. Smylie was the only self-identified two-spirited Metis person in her program. Currently, Dr. Smylie works as a research scientist at St. Michael’s hospital, Centre for Research on Inner City Health (CRICH), where she directs the Well Living House Applied Research Centre for Indigenous Infant, Child and Family Health.  Her primary academic appointment is as an Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She maintains a part-time clinical practice at Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto.  Dr. Smylie has practiced and taught family medicine in a variety of Aboriginal communities both urban and rural. She is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario, with Métis roots in Saskatchewan.  Her research interests are focused in the area of addressing the health inequities that challenge Indigenous infants, children and their families through applied health services research.  Dr. Smylie currently leads multiple research projects in partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities/organizations. Dr Smylie holds a CIHR Applied Public Health Research Chair in Indigenous Health Knowledge and Information and was honoured with a National Aboriginal Achievement (Indspire) Award in Health in 2012. Dr. Smylie is also the recipient of the 2015 Top 20 Pioneers of Family Medicine Research from the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Cheryl Ward, MSW, RSW, EdD Candidate. Cheryl Ward is Kwakwaka’wakw from northern Vancouver Island. She and her family have been living as guests on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw people for the past twelve years. An experienced instructor, curriculum writer and e-learning developer, Cheryl is committed to social justice education, de-colonizing anti-racism training, and the development of cultural safety pedagogy. Over the last fifteen years, she has worked on several projects related to Indigenous cultural competency. In 2008, Cheryl joined the PHSA Aboriginal Health team as Provincial Lead for the Indigenous Cultural Safety program.  Along with former Director Leslie Varley, Cheryl has been privileged to have the opportunity to lead the curriculum, development, and operations of the Provincial Health Service Authority’s Indigenous Cultural Safety Program. In 2011 Cheryl returned to university and is currently a doctoral student candidate at Simon Fraser University furthering her studies on Indigenous-specific racism.

Chelsey Branch, BEd, MA. Chelsey is of British and Irish ancestry. She and her partner are currently living as a guest on Coast Salish territory in Vancouver, BC. She has worked as an educator and researcher in a variety of contexts over the last 10 years. Her passion for social justice issues can be traced back to her experiences living and working in overseas. Learning from and working with Indigenous women’s groups in South America was a major catalyst for the journey she is on today. Chelsey joined the PHSA Indigenous Cultural Safety program team as a facilitator soon after the training was designed and is the Lead Facilitator and trainer. She is committed to facilitating conversations related to health equity and social justice and believes that Indigenous cultural competency has a critical role to play in sparking the conversation about the health inequities in Canada.


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