Bear Pit 6: Reconciliation in Health: The Story of Indigenous People

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Bear Pit 6: Reconciliation in Health: The Story of Indigenous People


Rose LeMay


Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement



In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada called upon all Canadians to take action to redress the legacy of the residential school system, including specific actions for the healthcare sector. As emerging leaders in healthcare management, you will have the influence and capacity to take up these calls to action, contribute to Reconciliation in health and support the improved health outcomes of Indigenous people in Canada.

Rose LeMay, director of Northern and Indigenous Health at the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, will discuss the impacts of the residential school system on the health and mental health of Indigenous Canadians as well as the social isolation of Indigenous people in Canada. This history, unfamiliar to many, has resulted in intergenerational trauma contributing to the low health outcomes of Indigenous people.

In this thought-provoking discussion, you will be challenged to engage in critical self-reflection. What assumptions do you carry about Indigenous patients? Do you challenge the status quo? Are you ready to be an ally in the face of racism?

Rose LeMay will discuss what reconciliation in health can look like in Canada, actions the Canadian Foundation of Healthcare Improvements is undertaking to support reconciliation in health and the importance of cultural competence within the healthcare system.



Rose LeMay

Rose LeMay is Tlingit from the Taku River First Nation in northern British Columbia. With an educational background in psychology and community development, Rose has worked in six federal departments and provincial ministries, the Assembly of First Nations; and has experience across early childhood development, mental health and addictions, and health systems. She has advanced positive discussion and action on cultural competence across Indigenous early child development, mental health and health systems.

She is the International Chair of the Wharer?t? Group, a network of Indigenous leaders in mental health with a goal to increase Indigenous client outcomes through mental health systems change. With more than fifteen years of experience in national and international Indigenous well-being, she has spoken and keynoted conferences around the world.

She developed the national Indigenous Community Development course, a widely recognized training to support federal government employees to increase their own cultural competence in working with Indigenous peoples, and contribute to reconciliation. Over 1500 people have taken the course with highly successful evaluations and response, with some calling it “transformative” both professionally and personally.

Rose is a Certified First Nations Health Manager, alumnus of the Governor General’s Leadership Conference, and the recipient of numerous Deputy Minister and Assistant Deputy Minister’s awards. Rose is the author of Building Community, co-author of The Wharerata Declaration, and guest editor of the 2016 special issue on Indigenous inclusion of the Journal of Social Inclusion.


About the art

The artwork is a piece by Simone McLeod, entitled Strength Working Together. McLeod is a First Nations painter and poet born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1962. She belongs to the Sturgeon doodem (clan) of the Nakawe Ojibwe Anishinaabe. A member of Pasqua First Nation in Saskatchewan, McLeod and her paintings are appreciated by numerous art collectors and educational and healthcare institutions in Canada as well as by art lovers all over the world. Her art carries a positive message, emphasizing hope and celebrating educational values and individual accomplishment. For art inquiries, please send an email to

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Telfer School of Management
Desmarais Building
DMS 4130
55 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
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Sunday, March 26, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

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