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Caledon, Ontario
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  • October 25-26, 2023 from 9:00am to 7:00pm


The WBIIH & ON NEIHR along with the the Ontario IMN will be co-hosting Indigenizing Health Symposium 2023: Nations Gathering on the Land, aims to share knowledges, and foster dialogue and collaboration about Indigenous health and land based healing. This year’s symposium will be the first Ontario Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR) land-based gathering. The gathering brings together a diverse group of keynote speakers who will deliver presentations and facilitate workshops in the in the teaching lodge at Hart House Farm. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in ceremony, and other cultural activities throughout the two-day event. Indigenous scholars, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and graduate students will share their insights regarding the importance of policy grounded in Indigenous Knowledges, and the processes of increasing accessibility of policy work to Indigenous community. The event is open to academics, health professionals, students, and community members.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Kimberly Fairman, Nunavummiut, Executive Director at the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research and NEIHR Lead for Northwest Territories.

Dr. Chelsea Gabel, Métis from Rivers, MB, citizen of the Manitoba Métis Federation, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair, McMaster University

Elder George Mackenzie, T’licho

Dr. Rod McCormick, Kanienkehaka (Mohawk), Professor and Research Chair, Thompson Rivers University

Elder Françoise Paulette, Denesuline, a Denesuline Elder and member of the Smith’s Landing Treaty 8 First Nation, Officer of the Order of Canada.

Elder Ahwidokazit Wendy Philips, Potawatomi Nation & Jamandomac Nation, belongs to The 7th Fire, member of the Bald Eagle Clan, and member of Wasauksing First Nation.

Symposium Chairs

Dr. Suzanne Stewart, Yellowknives Dene, Professor and Research Chair, University of Toronto

Knowledge Keeper Clayton Shirt, Potawatomi Nation and Cree Nation, Elder in Residence, University of Toronto

There are two options for accommodations: at Hart House Farm or nearby in a hotel at your own cost.

Hart House Farm
Staying overnight at Hart House Farm, the Symposium venue, is optional and free of charge; it is included with registration. Accommodations are available on site, on the land in two-person bunk houses, and in bunk beds in a communal bunkhouse room at the farmhouse. Reserve your spot by emailing Remaining spots available will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own tent for camping.

Please note that there are no showers available, and you will need to bring your own pillow and sleeping bag/bedding if you are spending the night. Washrooms are available. Make sure to bring appropriate footwear for the outdoors and clothing to stay warm as the bunkhouses are rustic and not heated or cooled other than by a window for fresh air.

Accommodations are available at nearby hotels in Caledon or Orangeville.

Food will be provided on site at the Symposium at Hart House Farm for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on both days, and is included in the registration fee. Unfortunately, special diet requests cannot be accommodated. If you have a dietary restriction, please bring your own food.

Hart House Farm is located at 15911 Creditview Road, Caledon, ON L7C-3G9. It is approximately a 1–2-hour drive from downtown Toronto, depending on rush hour traffic.

Free parking is available on site near the farm’s entrance.