Cafe Scientifique

Unity, Diversity, Respect

Use of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Safety in Health Research and Health Care Delivery

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Café Scientifique: Unity, Diversity, Respect
on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.

Doors and refreshments at 5:30 p.m.
National Arts Centre
Fountain Room, 2nd Floor

53 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario

The National Aboriginal Health organization (NAHO) is committed to affirming traditional Aboriginal healing and medicine to ensure that these practices receive recognition and respect.

As a First Nations, Inuit and Métis designed and operated body; NAHO promotes unity while respecting the diversity of First Nations Inuit and Métis populations in Canada. Each of its population specific centres as well as the organization as whole has worked to preserve and protect traditional knowledge and safety through evidence-based research, gatherings and publications.

Moderated by NAHO’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Paulette Tremblay, this panel will include presentations from each of NAHO’s population specific centres on traditional knowledge as well as a presentation on cultural safety.

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Panel Moderator

Dr. Paulette Tremblay
Chief Executive Officer,
National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO)

Dr. Tremblay is a Mohawk, Turtle Clan, from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in Southern Ontario.  She is currently an Associate Professor of the institute for Traditional Knowledge at Six Nations and is a former lecturer at the Six Nations Polytechnic Institute.  Dr. Tremblay has a Doctor of Philosophy in Education from the University of Ottawa.  As Chief Executive Officer of NAHO, she is committed to influencing and advancing the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, families and communities through knowledge-based initiatives.

Panel Presenters

Valorie Whetung

Director, First Nations Centre, NAHO

Ms. Whetung is a member of Curve Lake First Nations and was raised and educated on reserve.  She has a Master of Arts in Canadian Studies from Carleton University focusing on issues of data ownership (OCAP).  She has managed health and social services programs on two First Nations Reserves and has served on numerous boards and advisory committees.  Prior to coming to NAHO, Ms. Whetung was Chief of Aboriginal Liaison and Training at Statistics Canada.  She has been with the First Nations Centre of NAHO since September of 2009.


Dianne Kinnon

Director, Inuit Tuttarvingat, NAHO

Ms. Kinnon grew up in Saskatchewan and has a Master of Arts degree in public administration from Carleton University.  She worked for many years in community health and as an independent consultant in social and health issues.  She has worked continuously for and with Inuit, Métis and First Nations organizations since 1993, including support to NAHO in its first years of operation.  She has written extensively on population health issues, health inequities, capacity development and Aboriginal research.  Ms. Kinnon has been with Inuit Tuttarvingat of NAHO since 2007.



Catherine Graham

Director, Métis Centre, NAHO

Ms. Graham has a Master of Arts in Legal Studies from Carleton University where her studies focused on issues related to Aboriginal Peoples and the law, and violence against women.  Her research interests include the social determinants of health, culturally relevant gender-based analysis, mental health, Aboriginal identity, and indigenous governance.  She has worked with Aboriginal organizations at the national and local levels for more than 15 years on issues related to inclusion and equity, and have been with the Métis Centre of NAHO since 2008.


Simon Brascoupé

Senior Adviser, Aboriginal Relations and Initiatives Unit, NAHO

Mr. Bracoupe is a  member  of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation,Maniwaki, Quebec.  He is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies  at  Trent  University  in  Peterborough,  Ontario  and  an Adjunct Research  Professor  at  Carleton  University.  He has a B.A. and M.A. from State University of  New York at Buffalo, where he is also completing his Ph.D.  He has a strong interest  in  traditional medicine and traditional knowledge.   He  is  currently  researching  the  complementary delivery of traditional  and  western  medicine  for  the  National  Aboriginal  Health Organization.  In addition, he  is  conducting  research  and  writing on cultural competency and cultural safety.