Dr. Michael Hankard presents at the Sioux Lookout Traditional Healer Conference
On November 19, 2013, in Sioux Lookout ON, Dr. Michael Hankard, assistant professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Sudbury presented “Traditional Healer Access in Northern Ontario: Understanding, Knowing and Respecting the NIHB (Non-Insured Health Benefits) Process for First Nations People”. The conference took place from November 19th to the 20th at the Josias Fiddler Conference Centre in Sioux Lookout and was sponsored by the Meno Ya Win Traditional Healing and Biimaadiziwin Program and the Health Centre at Sioux Lookout, Ontario. The Meno Ya Win Traditional Healers Conference explored and discussed the challenges associated with organizing traditional health programs in remote northern Ontario communities and integrating western and traditional medicine together within contemporary urban and rural health programsand the Conference, which was translated into the OjiCree and English languages, was attended by traditional healers, elders, government officials, consultants and front line program workers in the field of traditional health. Conference participants came from fly-in communities, such as Sandy Lake First Nation and Brunswick House First Nation, as well as from Sioux Lookout, Kenora, Thunder Bay and other more remote locations.