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  • May 7, 2021 from 10:00am to 12:00pm

As leaders of Ontario’s Indigenous Mentorship Network (IMN) and the Ontario Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR), it is our pleasure to invite you to join us as a Panelist for an Indigenous Knowledges Virtual Exchange entitled Navigating This Time: Holistic Wellness for Indigenous Scholars (Part 2), to be held Friday May 7th, 2021 from 10:00am to 12:00pm.

The purpose of this Indigenous Knowledges Virtual Exchange is to bring together Indigenous new investigators, early scholars and faculty members from the Ontario NEIHR and IMN and our sister networks from across Canada to provide opportunities for peer mentoring, support and belonging.

In a panel format, presenters from the IMN and NEIHR will share stories about how they are maintaining wellness while pursuing scholarly activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Panel will consist of three presenters (each to speak for about 10 minutes), followed by small group discussion in breakout rooms to allow for further in-depth conversations with peers.

Faculty Presenters:

1. Dr. Angela Mashford-Pringle

Dr. Mashford-Pringle is an Algonquin woman from Timiskaming First Nation. She is an Assistant Professor and Associate Director at the WBIIH at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She works with Indigenous communities in urban and rural settings with issues related to Indigenous health including culture, language, land-based learning, climate action, and policy analysis and development.

2. Dr. Chris Mushquash

Dr. Christopher Mushquash, C.Psych., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Lakehead University and the Human Sciences Division of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. He is a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction and a clinical psychologist at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care. He is also Director of the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research at Lakehead University.

3. Dr. Bonnie Freeman

Bonnie Freeman is Algonquin/Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in Ontario, Canada. She recently completed a Ph.D. in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University and has transitioned into a tenure-track Assistant Professorship with the School of Social Work at McMaster University beginning July 2015.