The Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health at UBC and the UBC Learning Circle invite you to attend our inaugural “Indigenous Speaker Series” event!
We are honoured to present Dr. Janet Smylie, who will deliver a keynote presentation followed by an Indigenous panel response session. Dr. Smylie’s presentation will speak to determining and enhancing Indigenous health data and evaluation systems. Her talk will begin with a background on Aboriginal health data systems – structures, strengths, and challenges. Following this, she will highlight the need for Indigenous governance and management by introducing you to the new method of urban Aboriginal data collection that uses respondent-driven sampling that Dr. Smylie’s team has been using in the East.
Date: Monday, March 3, 2014
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST
Location: Sty-Wet-Tan Hall at the UBC Longhouse OR online via computer webinar
About the Keynote
Dr. Janet Smylie is currently a Research Scientist with the Centre for Research on Inner City Health (CRICH) at St. Michael’s Hospital, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. Dr. Smylie also holds the CIHR New Investigator in Knowledge Translation award.
Leanne Currie, Associate Professor, UBC School of Nursing
Joanne Nelson, Epidemiologist and Bio-Statistics, Health Services (First Nations Health Authority)
Sharon Thira, Director, Kloshe Tillicum
Click here to register to attend by computer webinar. NOTE: Videoconference is not being offered for this session.
Download a PDF copy of the day’s agenda here.
About the Presenters
Dr. Janet Smylie is a family physician and public health researcher. She currently works as a research scientist in Aboriginal health 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 over a dozen First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities/organizations. This includes CIHR operating grants to implement and evaluate an Indigenous knowledge network for infant, child and family health and to conduct a population based urban Aboriginal health assessment in the GTA. Dr Smylie holds a CIHR New Investigator award in Knowledge Translation and was honoured with a National Aboriginal Achievement (Indspire) Award in Health in 2012.
Sharon Thira is an administrator, facilitator and trainer specializing in knowledge translation for a variety of audiences, but most significantly, Indigenous communities. Believing Indigenous knowledge to be foundational in improving health for Indigenous peoples, her work teleologically centres on holism. She is interested decolonization as well as notions of progress vs. assimilation in modern Indigenous nations. She has developed and taught courses and programs in Indigenous crisis intervention and suicide prevention, residential school trauma and Indigenous health research and was instrumental in developing the Truth and Reconciliation model negotiated in the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement. In addition, she has developed many residential school response programs including the national Resolution Health Support Worker program and is now focussing on a community health research training program to build community capacity in research. Her work experience includes 15 years with residential school survivors as the Executive Director of the Indian Residential School Survivors Society; Development Manager for the 15 year-old First Nations House of Healing Residential School Treatment culturally-based program model and; Director of Kloshe Tillicum, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health Network Environment for Aboriginal Health Research. She is Lokono, East Indian and Chinese from Guyana and was adopted into the Halalt and Squamish Coast Salish nations. And she has an amazing 16-year old daughter.
Click here to view Joanne Nelson’s PowerPoint presentation that was shown at this session.