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Indigenous Community Health and Research Conference

February 6 @ 7:00 am - February 8 @ 4:30 pm

The Faculty of Health Science, the McMaster Indigenous Health Movement – Student Group, and the McMaster Indigenous Research Institute are pleased to host the inaugural ‘Coming together to co-create health equity – an Indigenous Community Health and Research Conference’

Thursday, February 6th – Saturday, February 8th, 2020

February 6th 2020: The Gathering Place by the Grand, Six Nations
February 7th &  8th  2020: McMaster University, David Braley Health Sciences Centre, Hamilton

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, the Faculty of Health Science in collaboration with regional stakeholders and collaborators have developed a robust, Indigenous health education strategic plan. The education of health professionals regarding Indigenous health and well-being has been identified as a key priority. Similarly, educating the research community regarding an Indigenous research paradigm is an integral element related to health reform and has never been more relevant. As future healthcare practitioners, all health science students also need to learn and augment awareness of the socio-historical context of Indigenous health, cultural safety and anti-racism theory, and Indigenous ways of knowing related to health and well-being.

The Indigenous Community Health and Research Conference will be an opportunity for our Indigenous community collaborators, students, healthcare practitioners, and Indigenous Traditional practitioners, researchers, and policy makers to learn more about these and other emerging topics.

The theme of the first and second day of conference is about health equity and how healthcare practitioners, researchers and students can come together with community stakeholders to share information about health issues and priorities and identify opportunities to co-create solutions for more equitable healthcare for Indigenous peoples. The theme of the third day is environmental health and climate change, and its connection to the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples.


  • Traditional Healing
  • Indigenous Ways of Knowing
  • Environmental Health & Climate Change
  • Children’s Health
  • Women’s Health
  • Mental Health and Well-being
  • Public Health
  • Chronic Illness
  • Health system reform & Determinants of Health
  • Research reform & education

Target Audience: 

  • Community Elders and Knowledge Holders
  • Students and Apprentices
  • Traditional Practitioners
  • Primary Care Practitioners, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Midwives, Pharmacists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Specialists, Residents, and Rehab Therapists
  • Public Health Specialists
  • Researchers and Knowledge Users


February 6 @ 7:00 am
February 8 @ 4:30 pm
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McMaster University
905-525-9140 x 20052


Gathering Place by the Grand – Six Nations
2593 Chiefswood Rd.
Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0 Canada
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(226) 446-9900