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Dr. Johanne McCarthy N.D. Naturopathic Doctor
(O.A.N.D/ C.A.N.D/ B.D.D.T.-N licensed and registered Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine)

Title of workshop:

Naturopathic Medicine- A step closer to Culturally Appropriate Health Care

Focus of Workshop:

This workshop will focus on facilitating an understanding of the philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine and how this philosophy governs treatment perspectives.  Dr. McCarthy will discuss why she chose to pursue a


career in Naturopathic Medicine and why she feels that Naturopathy is a step closer to providing culturally appropriate health care for First Nation’s communities.

Short Biography

She is from Onondaga Nation. She graduated from McMaster in 1998, completing an Honours Degree in Medical Anthropology with a minor in Psychology. Upon graduation, she worked in the office at McMaster location for the Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University and in conjunction with the University of Toronto as an Aboriginal Health Research Assistant.

Her dream to become a Naturopathic Doctor became a reality after being awarded a full tuition scholarship to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2001. She graduated from the 4 year doctorate program in 2005 and is currently the owner and operator of the "Healing Journey Naturopathic Clinic" in Caledonia, Ontario. Dr. McCarthy has faced many obstacles on her journey to becoming a successful Naturopathic Doctor and attributes her success to her unconditional support and respect she received from McMaster's Indigenous Studies department, her family, and all her relations.
Johanne's particular interests include Aboriginal health, family medicine, women's health, and chronic pain management. She is dedicated and committed to helping individuals with Naturopathic Medicine on their own healing journey!



Dr. David Burman Assistant professor, University of Toronto.

Title of workshop:

Raising cultural awareness amongst undergraduate students

Focus of Workshop:
In order to weave the 4 directions, 4 elements, 4 aspects of being into the teaching, we start every class with a smudge and short opening, and finish with a closing of some kind -- a short meditation, or a reading from some Aboriginal speeches from the past and this workshop will be no different. Some food will also be offered in the workshop as it is in class, to nourish the body and spirit as well as the mind. The format of the workshop will be a presentation of the course philosophy with an open discussion of how this affects students' cultural awareness and sensitivity as they move on to their careers and further study.

Short Biography

While still a dental student I had the opportunity to work with Inuit people in three communities in Baffin Island, where I did a dental health survey of Inuit children -- my introduction to the health of Aboriginal peoples. After graduating (1968) and interning, I worked with the Red Cross in northwestern Ontario for a year, then spent three years in Moose Factory serving the west coast of James Bay. Almost 20 years later, after going back to graduate school and getting a PhD in community health, I was asked to coordinate a course on Aboriginal Issues in Health and Healing at the University of Toronto, and I have been gradually evolving the program ever since, with the help of elders and advisers like Jan Longboat, Vern Harper, Diane Longboat, Grafton Antone and Lilian McGregor amongst many others, to whom I am very grateful.


Dr Barry Stanley M.B., Ch.B., F.R.C.S.[C] physician in private practice at De dwa da dehs ney>s

Title of workshop:

FASD - A Canadian Psychiatric Condition, not an Aboriginal Condition.

Focus of Workshop:

The focus is on the inter- relationship of FASD and Mental Illness, the Lack of Involvement and interest of  the Psychiatric Profession and the Impact of this on the Aboriginal Community.
The last part will be referenced to the De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre Community Mental Health Services Program.

Short Biography

Curriculum Vitae.
Training in the diagnosis of FASD, 2002 - September - FAS DPN (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Diagnostic Prevention Network) Multidisciplinary Clinical Training, University of Washington, Seattle, U.S.A.

Member FASWorld, Toronto

Founding Member of, and Medical FASD Consultant to, FASD Hamilton Support Group- a registered society dedicated to helping those who have FASD and the families who support them.
FASD Consultant to FAS Diagnostic Clinic, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto.
-referring FASD patients to the Clinic and receiving referrals from the clinic
for counseling and treatment.

Founding member of the St. Michael’s Hospital FASD Support Group
Professional Advisor to FASAWARE UK. a registered organization,
dedicated to the education and increasing awareness of FASD, in the U.K.
Member of the FASD- Study Group of the Research Society on

Member of the diagnostic subgroup of the FASD Ontario Stakeholders

Member of the Hamilton ad. hoc. FASD initiative group which is in the early
stages of setting up a Hamilton FASD diagnostic clinic and associated
FASD support programs.

I see clients in Burlington, Hamilton and Guelph.



Walter Cooke, Ojibway – Cree of the Bear Clan

Title of the workshop:

"The importance of the Circle”

Focus of the workshop:

The focus of the workshop will be to share with the group how strong the Indian Way of life was, how it was weakened and how it will become strong again. This covers all areas of the “Medicine Wheel”

Short Biography

Walter Cooke (Star Gazer) presently resides in Winona, Ontario area and was born in Berens River, Manitoba. He is married to wife Deborah and has three grown children and 5 grand children. He works as an Elder / Counselor for the De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre in Hamilton, Ontario.  Walter has been doing traditional healing work for approximately 30 years.  His teachings come from listening to the elders, from his memories of the good life passed down from his parents and grandparents and observing the world around him.  He is from the Ojibway – Cree nation and is from the Bear Clan. Walter also facilitates a Healing Journey Program with the health centre.  He holds a certificate in counseling from Mohawk College and from natures’ university.

Walter has been involved with the Hamilton community for a number of years promoting the teachings of smudging which teaches harmony and good race relations and story telling to keep the culture alive and strong.



Katy Smali - McMaster University '08 Student (Independent Research Participant);
Nasivvik Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments Summer
Student Research Award 2006 Recipient

Title of the workshop:

Northern Health: Health Perspectives of the People of Arviat, Nunavut

Focus of Workshop:

Purpose of the workshop is to explore Nunavut health persepectives
and the health care system of Northern communities. In additin, she
will examine the health impact of global climate change on Inuit

Short Biography:

Katy Smali is a fourth year undergraduate student in the Political Science and Health, Aging, and Society Program at McMaster University. She has spent a summer living, researching, and volunteering in Arviat,
Nunavut. Her research in Nunavut was titled: Health Perspectives of the People of Arviat and an Analysis of the Current Health Care System and Delivery in Arviat, Nunavut. Katy's research was published in a Hudson
Bay Research Summary Publication. She also taught a credited after school course to Arviat high school students focusing on health and health care. Katy was the primary conference organizer for the Aboriginal Health Conference 2007: Bridging the Gap between Health Expectations and Health Policy.



Emily Cowall-Farrell - Anthropology PhD candidate at McMaster University supervised by Dr. D. Ann Herring

Title of workshop:

Puvallunnirilauqtarq “When I had Tuberculosis” The Inuit of Pangnirtung at the Mountain Sanatorium

Focus of workshop:
The focus of the presentation is to discuss the process involved in the Pangnirtung community based research project using a research methodology that is specifically designed to ensure the protection of Inuit intellectual property. By looking at the communities collective experience of Tuberculosis care at the Mountain Sanatorium in Hamilton 1957-1962, the Panniqtuumiut reflect on their history, find a space for healing and apply this knowledge toward future healthy community planning concerns.
PowerPoint Presentation will accompany the discussion.

Short Biography

Emily completed her Master’s of Science, Anthropology of Health and Illness at the University of Edinburgh and holds the designation of Diploma in the History of Medicine Society of Apothecaries, in London (UK). She received the 2005 Teaching Assistant Excellence Award for her innovative approach to participative learning with the history of medicine students of Dr. Pauline Mazumdar at the University of Toronto Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology.
Cowall-Farrell lived in Pangnirtung (Panniqtuuq), Nunavut in 1985-87 and remains connected with the community through well established relationships. In 2002, Emily entered into a collaborative research partnership with the Pangnirtung Elders. Their multi-year projects have investigated recollections of Inuit traditional medical practices and the history of St. Luke’s Anglican mission hospital 1930-1972, from the perspective of the Inuit hospital workers involved in the operation of the facility and provision of care.  Currently, Emily is involved in facilitating the Pangnirtung community research project aimed at naming a collection of Inuit tubercular patient photographs and investigating Inuit personal histories of tuberculosis treatment provided at the Mountain Sanatorium in Hamilton Ontario 1957-1962.


Troy Hill niyonkyáts: hé:kon sewakwé:kon - Greeting to you all.

Title of workshop:

The Impact of Education on Well-Being

Focus of Workshop:

The primary objective of this workshop is to investigate the impact of education on a person’s well-being, with respect to behavioral patterns. Furthermore, we will discuss the importance of education, and the right to education, within the Native population. The workshop will be presented from an experiential point of view within the public education system from the perspective of a "young" Mohawk man, student, and educator. We will examine access to education for the overall Native population in Canada, and throughout the Indigenous population of the world with a focus on the gap at the elementary level within the public education system.

Short Biography:

For the past 23 years, I have been an employee of the Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation. I have just recently made the transition from Health Care to Education, and in particular elementary education.  I am a graduate of Brock University's Native Teachers Education Programme, with my undergraduate degree from McMaster University. I am interested in the reorganization of Native Education, which has led me to attend several conferences on this topic: the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education in New Zealand in 2005, the Education Summit in Hamilton, Ontario, the conference hosted by the Chiefs of Ontario 2005, Our Children, Our Future, Our Way in Toronto 2005, and more recently the Native as a Second Language E-Learning Conference.


Jan Longbow

Name: Jan Kahehti:io Longboat, Natural Health Practitioner NHP
Mohawk and Onondaga Nation
Turtle Clan Six Nations of the Grand River
Keeper of the Medicines.

Workshop Title: The power of the good mind.

Workshops Details:

Jan Longboat will shared teachings on how to live a healthy life according to our traditions and the knowledge around us. The focus will be on healthy wellbeing using the power of the good mind. The workshop will emphasize learning while reflecting on the four seasons and the circle of life.

Jan Longboat’s Indian name could have foretold her path in life. Longboat’s name is Kaheti:io (pronounced Ga-hey-dee-yo) which translates to “garden of plenty” from the Mohawk language. She is the keeper of Earth Healing Herb Gardens & Retreat Centre located on Seneca Road at Six Nations of the Grand River. Longboat is a traditional herbalist, teacher and caregiver who started Earth Healing Herb Gardens and Retreat Centre in the mid-’80s. Recognizing the Creator gave her the gifts of gardening and caring, Longboat started on a course to use her gifts for the betterment of others. She attended the Canadian College of Natural Healing in Ottawa and the School of Natural Healing in London, Ont. She graduated in 1985 as a natural health practitioner. She began building her gardens based on the aboriginal concept of holistic healing which philosophizes that the physical being is connected to the emotional, spiritual and mental beings of a person. She gathered wild seeds and plants and transplanted them into a circular garden. She continued to add the traditional plants to the garden until she had approximately 200 traditional medicines growing in her garden. Her garden is built within a circular form divided into four sections by cedar logs. There are paths open to four directions resembling the Medicine Wheel and symbolizing the four seasons. The four sections correspond to the different systems of the body such as the respiratory system and the digestive system. The medicines within these sections speak to the healing of these parts of the body. She is currently in the last year of running a program for residential school survivors called the I da wa da di Project, which is sponsored by the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and Centre for Indigenous Sovereignty. Longboat’s years of working with the plant medicines and care-giving has leant her a certain amount of Indigenous knowledge. She is presently a lecturer at the University of Toronto, Mohawk College and McMaster University, as well as speaker at many health and wellness conferences throughout Canada and the U.S. Longboat believes her passion for her work is what has lead her to success. As another season of life’s cycle begins, Longboat is ready. She is aware the medicines, food plants, trees and berries are awakening and preparing to bring forth life.



Hartley Jafine

Title of workshop:

Drama for Dialogue: Understanding the "Other"

Focus of workshop:

This participatory Applied Drama workshop will explore the ways drama can be used to create dialogue between two opposing or different communities within a safe space. We will explore how drama can challenge contemporary discourse, pose alternatives to relevant issues, and hopefully lead to an understanding of the "other".

Short Biography:

Hartley Jafine is an international Applied Drama facilitator and has facilitated projects in Ontario, Nova Scotia, England and Bulgaria. After earning his BA from Acadia University he continued his academic studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London (UK) where he completed his MA in Applied Drama. His research interests include Theatre of the Oppressed, BoxWhatBox and Drama in Education, specifically using drama as an instrument for personal and social development and how drama can be used to enhance pedagogy. Currently, he is a facilitator in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) program at McMaster University.


Other speakers and workshop leaders:

Sarah Hester