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Northwestern Health Unit Community Forum on Violence & Health

Community Forum on Violence & Health

- Dryden, Ontario   *  June 19-20th, 2008 -

This June, the Northwestern Health Unit is hosting a series of presentations and workshops related to violence and health issues.


§       Violence Against Aboriginal Women
§       Engaging Survivors of Abuse & Trauma in Home Visiting Programs
§       The Basic Education for Abuse Recognition (B.E.A.R.) Program for Dental Professionals
§       Community Development Strategies for Violence Prevention
§       Abuse & The Law - A Legal Information Workshop
§       Addressing the Impact of Homophobia in Health Care
§       The Genocidal Impact of the Indian Residential Schools in North America


Beverley Jacobs, President of the Native Women's Association. Ms. Jacobs' work on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal women was inspired by her work with Amnesty International as the Lead Researcher and consultant for their Stolen Sisters Report.  Since her election as President of the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) in 2004,she has successfully secured funding for Sisters In Spirit, a research, education and policy initiative aimed at raising public awareness about Canada's missing and murdered Aboriginal women. In her role as NWAC President she has traveled to countless communities to raise awareness, rally citizens and inspire young Aboriginal women.


§       Kelly Alcock, Victim/Witness Service Program, Ministry of the Attorney General
§       Ramona Barclay, Kenora-Patricia Child & Family Services
§       Charles Copenace, Kenora Chiefs Advisory
§       Jeff Denis, Harvard University
§       Lori Flinders, Weechi-it-te-win Family Services
§       Tania Galeotafiore, Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Care Centre,
§       Dryden Regional Hospital
§       Angelique Jenney, Director of the Family Violence Services for the
§       Child Development Institute, Toronto.
§       Janet Kaus, Dryden Police Services
§       Reece Lagartera, Education and Resource Development Coordinator for
§       the Rainbow Resource Centre, Winnipeg.
§       Stephanie Landon, Kenora Sexual Assault Centre
§       Dr. Frank Stechey, President of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario
Sergeant Ann Tkachyk, Dryden Police Services


Muffins for Granny
The sad history of the Canadian government's residential school program has had a profound effect on First Nations peoples across the country. For filmmaker Nadia McLaren it's personal history as well — her Ojibway grandmother was forced into a residential school and its repercussions have echoed through their family. Looking to understand her loving but troubled grandmother McLaren interviews seven First Nations elders about their experiences in residential schools. Mixing stark animated moments with human faces and home movie footage, this is a raw and honest documentary about a difficult chapter in Canadian history — a chapter that, for some, is not over.

Finding Dawn
In Finding Dawn, Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh journeys to the dark heart of Native women's experience in Canada, exploring the stories of murdered and missing women. Her journey takes her from Vancouver's skid row, where more than 60 women are missing, to the "Highway of Tears" in northern British Columbia, to Saskatoon, where the murders of Native women remain unresolved. Written and directed by Welsh and produced by Svend-Erik Eriksen.


Cost is $30 per day, which includes workshop sessions, refreshment breaks, & lunch.  Registration forms will be available on the Northwestern Health Unit's website ( after May 12, 2008.

For more information, please contact Lisa Jackson ( at 1-800-461-3348 or (807) 274-9827 at the Northwestern Health Unit.