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Canadian Paediatric Society

International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health

Designed for community members, researchers, academics, and clinicians, the International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health is only conference dedicated to the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit, Métis, American Indian, Alaska Native and other Indigenous children and youth in North America and around the world.

The 2019 conference features leaders in Indigenous health discussing some of the most pressing issues currently facing children and youth:


Dr. Nadine Caron, Anishnawbe from Sagamok First Nation, will open the conference with a keynote address. Dr. Caron is an associate professor of surgery in the University of British Columbia’s Northern Medical Program, and Co-Director of the UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health. She is also appointed as an Associate Faculty member of the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University where she teaches for the Center for American Indian Health. Nadine's main focus and passion is Indigenous health and Canadian health policy.


Transforming health systems for Indigenous children and youth

Dr. Alika Lafontaine, an Indigenous physician of Cree and Anishinaabe heritage, born and raised in Southern Saskatchewan/Treaty 4 territory, is Medical Lead for the Aboriginal Health Program - North Zone of Alberta Health Services. Though story-telling, real patient encounters and his own experience, Dr. Lafontaine lectures across Canada on the role bias, discrimination and racism has on patient care and why addressing these issues is at the core of improving the health of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.

Indigenous children in care: There is a better way

Dr. Margo Greenwood, Academic Lead of the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, is an Indigenous scholar of Cree ancestry with more than 25 years' experience focused on the health and well-being of Indigenous children and families. She has worked as a front line caregiver of early childhood services, designed early childhood curriculum, programs, and evaluations, and taught early childhood education courses at both the college and university levels.

Identity as a social determinant of health

Speakers:  Shaquita Bell, MD (Cherokee) & Ryan J.P. Giroux, MD (Métis)

Harnessing Indigenous Youth Innovation to Solve Pressing Global Health Problems

Speakers:  Nachya George, BA (Yakama Nation), Danielle Antelope (Eastern Shoshone Nation and Blackfeet Nation), Hamilton Seymour (Nooksack Indian Tribe & Stzu'minus First Nation) & Ryan J.P. Giroux, MD (Métis)

Read more in the Preliminary Program

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The CPS and the American Academy of Pediatrics are pleased to work with colleagues from Indigenous and Native American organizations in Canada, the United States, Central and South America.

Last updated: Sep 4 2018