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Indigenous Mental Health and Land-based Healing, The FIIRE Network

March 27, 2018

3:30-5:00 p.m. EST

An Indigenous Elder and Youth-Led Webinar on mental health, taking care of each other, and connection to the land.

The Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN) is an organization by and for Indigenous youth that works across issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice throughout the United States and Canada.

The Forum for Indigenous Implementation Research and Evaluation (FIIRE) Network is a national Indigenous knowledge network for public health intervention research. It is a network in which Indigenous peoples and allies come together to share knowledge to improve collective wellbeing.

The Presenters

Albert Dumont (Spiritual Advisor, Algonquin, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg): Since October 2016 Albert Dumont has been serving his community as one of 13 Elders on the Elders Advisory Committee of the Ministry of the Attorney General. He worked as Elder for the Parole Board of Canada at Elder Assisted Hearings from November 2013 to March 2017. He was employed by Correctional Services Canada for three years as a spiritual advisor for the Aboriginal men incarcerated at Millhaven Institution’s J Unit located near Kingston, ON. He is an activist, a volunteer and a poet who has published 5 books of poetry and short stories. In recognition for his work as an activist and volunteer on his ancestral lands (Ottawa and Region) Albert was presented with a Human Rights Award by the Public Service Alliance of Canada in 2010. In January 2017 he received the DreamKEEPERS Citation for Outstanding Leadership. Albert has dedicated his life to promoting Aboriginal spirituality and healing and to protecting the rights of Aboriginal Peoples particularly those as they affect the young.

Alexa Lesperance (Youth): Alexa Lesperance is a Youth Facilitator for the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. She is a 23 year old Anishinaabe woman from the makwa (bear) clan and is from Naotkamegwanning First Nation located in Northwestern Ontario. She is currently a 2nd year medical student at Northern Ontario School of Medicine in Thunder Bay and is working towards becoming an Indigenous practitioner.

Iehente Foote (Youth): Iehente Foote, a Kanien'kehá:ka woman from Kahnawake, Quebec. She has been involved with the arts for 13 years. Having performed in many productions in Kahnawake & Toronto; currently as production on multiple film, TV & theatre productions across Turtle Island. They are an Indigenous Full Spectrum Doula, and does Art-Based Research & Learning for the Native Youth Sexual Health Network around sexual & mental health, human rights, environmental and reproductive justice, and other issues.

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