2017 Presenters

For all workshops, please register in advance by sending an email to nwtwellnesssociety@gmail.com. Payment is needed (via email or in person) to guarantee your spot. Thank you for understanding.

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Sylvie Francoeur
Healing Touch for Children | $20
Collective Soul Space, Lower Level Scotia Centre, 5102-50th Ave
Saturday, April 29, 1:00 – 4:00

Sylvie Francoeur is a Level 4 Healing Touch Program Apprentice and is working towards her certification. She is also certified to teach the Healing Touch Program for Children. She owns and operates Ayni Conceptions, a human resource consulting firm which specializes in finding practical solutions to HR challenges.

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Emily Roback
A Simple Hello Can Shake the World | $10
Lower Level Scotia Centre Boardroom, 5102-50th Ave
Saturday, May 20, 1:00 – 3:00

Emily Roback was born in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, but has lived in twenty different communities. Her experiences of overcoming a severe to profound hearing loss and leaving familiar things behind inform many of her inspirational stories. Emily is an alumna of Laurentian University’s Human Kinetics program and the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College doctorate program. In addition, she has published an award-winning non-fiction book, a health western magazine, and aired a sport performance program on television for adults and young people. She lives in Yellowknife and has her sights on documentaries, ice carving and quilting.

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Lila Erasmus
Naturally Dene – 
Plant Medicine Workshops | $20
Out on the Land, location to be confirmed
Saturday, June 10, 9:00 – 5:00

Lila is a local Dene woman who has a passion for Dene cultural teachings and loves to share her knowledge and teachings with others.  She has been teaching herself about how to heal with plants for the past five years.

“Picking your own plants, infusing them and using them to heal and nourish your body can be extremely therapeutic for yourself and your skin, but my favourite part of it is the time spent on the land with family and friends.”

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RB - CALM workshop-Health CanadaRyan Beissel, Health Canada
Our Home, Our Health – Keeping our Home Healthy | $10
Lower Level Scotia Centre Boardroom, 5102-50th Ave

Tuesday, September 19, 6:30 – 8:00

Ryan is a Risk Communication and Public Involvement Officer with Health Canada’s Environmental Health Program. His role includes providing outreach and information to the public about chemical safety. He facilitates interactive information sessions to help people identify hazards and to manage risks.

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NEWEDITIMG_9459Amber Henry
Nurturing the Mother | $20
Collective Soul Space, Lower Level Scotia Centre, 5102-50th Ave
Sunday, October 22, 1:00 – 4:00

Amber Henry is a post-partum doula student. She is a stay at home mother of 2 and truly believes that, not only does it take a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to support a Mom. She is a certified breastfeeding peer support counsellor, volunteers with Moms, Boobs and Babies and frequently attends Public Health Postnatal Classes.

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Nurturing the Mother | $20

Collective Soul Space, Lower Level Scotia Centre, 5102-50th Ave
Sunday, October 22, 1:00 – 4:00

Sara Aloimonos is a Stay-At-Home Mom of two, Certified Breastfeeding Support Counsellor, Dental Hygienist and Registered Holistic Nutritionist. She strongly believes that optimal nutrition is the most important gift a Mom can give to herself and her children. She has provided educational sessions at the Family Centre, prepared nourishing meals at the Moms, Boobs, and Babies monthly meetings and works with Moms and their children to find a balance everyone is happy with!

 

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891 (2)Maggie Mercredi
Reconciliation Belongs to All of Us Facilitator, Blanket Exercise
Janvier Room, Explorer Hotel
Saturday, November 4, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Maggie Mercredi, Denesoline, eldest of seven children. At the age of 13, Maggie started working part-time jobs after school to help her parents support a family of nine and is now the proud business owner of Ravenessence Consulting, she currently lives in Yellowknife. Maggie also resided and worked in Norman Wells, Fort Good Hope, Inuvik, Tuktoyaktuk, Ottawa, Banff, Edmonton and Winnipeg.

Maggie attended the Nechi Training, Research and Health Promotions Institute in St. Albert and started a career in health and wellness after she realized that the reason to be at the Nechi Institute was not to design their website, which she was contracted to do, but to take on another path of her journey. Maggie holds certificates in Community Addictions Training, Advanced Counsellor Training, Adult Children of Alcoholics Training, Family Violence and Spousal Assault Training and the Community Wellness Training. This training opened many doors to working with the community in healing, recovery and community wellness in positions of counsellor, facilitator, program coordinator, manager and administrator. These positions were held in the non-profit sector and in organizations promoting health and wellness, working frontline with Indigenous communities.

Maggie practices self-care through proper rest and exercise, keeping up on dental and physical checkups, follows a spiritual way of life through ceremonies taught by her Elders and other cultural and traditional teachers. Maggie carries her own sacred bundle which she sometimes shares in her workshops. A strong commitment to promoting the environment through recycling, conserving energy, eliminating air pollution and taking care of the land. These practices help ground her so that she can continue to do her work in a balanced and healthy way.

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lilaLila Erasmus
Reconciliation Belongs to All of Us
Facilitator, Panel Presentation
Janvier Room, Explorer Hotel
Saturday, November 4, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Lila May Erasmus is a Dene born and raised in the North. Born in the Northern Tuchone region of the Yukon Territory, home of the Nacho Nyak Dun people, and raised in the Sahtu region of the NWT home of the Sahtu Dene and now lives with her husband, Roy Erasmus Jr. and children, Darian Faith and Phoenix, in Yellowknives Dene Territory. Lila has worked entire life seeking ways in which she provide some benefit the Dene community is one way or another. She has worked in Negotiations, in Justice and in the healing field for almost 15 years. More recently she has completed her Master of Arts Degree in Conflict Resolution. Her research examined ways in the Dene resolve disputes and how we can use these methods to inform our governing structures. Her passion is with the Dene community and she is constantly looking for ways in which we can build bridges between cultures.

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wilson_marie130x150Marie Wilson
Reconciliation Belongs to All of Us
Keynote Address
Janvier Room, Explorer Hotel
Saturday, November 4, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Marie Wilson spent over three decades building an illustrious career in journalism before becoming one of three commissioners of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). At the TRC, she worked for six and a half years to reveal the history and impacts of more than a century of forced residential schooling for Indigenous children. She is now pursuing aspects of reconciliation beyond the TRC as the 2016 professor of practice at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development.

Wilson was appointed a TRC commissioner after 35 years as an award-winning journalist, trainer, senior executive manager, independent contractor, and consultant in journalism, program evaluation, and project management. She also worked as a university lecturer in Canada, and a high school teacher in Africa. In all, Wilson has lived, studied, and worked in cross-cultural environments – including in Europe, Africa, South America and various parts of Canada – for almost forty years.

In her journalism career, Wilson worked in print, radio, and television as a regional and national reporter, and as the founding host of the weekly television current affairs program, Focus North. As regional director of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s CBC North, she founded northern Canada’s first daily television news service, which operated against a backdrop of four time zones and ten languages (English, French and eight Indigenous languages). Wilson also developed the Arctic Winter Games and the True North Concert series for national audiences with a view to exposing the rest of the country to unique Northern performing artists and traditional Indigenous sports. She also recruited and developed Indigenous reporters and hosts, established the CBC North Awards to acknowledge staff excellence, and acknowledged the wider community with programming that supported and promoted literacy.

For several years, Wilson was a member and chair of the CBC’s Training Advisory Committee, providing training both within the CBC and outside the country. One of her career highlights was to work with the South African Broadcasting Corporation to prepare TV journalists to cover the country’s first democratic election during South Africa’s transition to democracy, and the start-up of their Truth and Reconciliation Commission. For several years, Marie Wilson served as an associate board member of what would become APTN, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

Wilson holds post-graduate degrees in French and journalism and certificates in project management and program evaluation. She has earned various recognitions for her journalism, her writing, and her work on workplace safety. Wilson holds a CBC North lifetime achievement award, a Northerner of the Year award, a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and honorary doctorates from St. Thomas University and the University of Manitoba. In 2016, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation appointed her a Trudeau mentor.

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Donald Prince
Reconciliation Belongs to All of Us
Panelist, Panel Presentation
Janvier Room, Explorer Hotel
Saturday, November 4, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Donald has been working in the mental health and addictions field for over 23 years.  He is Dakelh from BC where he grew up in the bush living a traditional ways of life; hunting, fishing, living off the land.

Donald works with communities that are operating on-the-land programs, mobile treatment, aftercare programming and other supports that may be needed. He has organized and facilitated on the land healing programs for over 20 years, developed and facilitated mobile treatment programs and developed many types of aftercare plans for individuals and communities.

Donald has worked for many organizations as Executive Director, Clinical Counseling, Management, Clinical Supervision, and Program Development. These positions included much work in human services/addictions such as Residential School Trauma, Mental Health, Youth Suicide Prevention Programs, and other areas related to these issues.

Donald has presented at the Healing our Spirit Worldwide Conference, National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation conferences and training symposiums, educational institutions, aboriginal organizations and community agencies.

Donald is the past President and Chairman of the Association of BC First Nations Treatment Centres, founding member of the First Nations Wellness/Addictions Counselor Certification Board, been involved with the NNADAP Working Group for Pacific Region, and been involved as a Board member for Positive Living North, VLA Youth Drop-In Centre and many other volunteer activities. He was an Accreditation Surveyor for Accreditation Canada and am a Master Trainer of ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.

Donald has also been involved with research into Best Practices in Addictions Treatment, FASD, Mental Health Advisory Committees, and extensive work in community development. His work history includes being the Executive Director/Manager/Clinical Supervisor of three NNADAP treatment centres in Canada, running Elders programs, RS Survivor programs, youth and family treatment. He has also worked with men’s anger and violence programs and Corrections inmates. Donald is currently involved with developing a NWT opioid prevention strategy and a NWT mental health & addictions recovery framework.

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nicole_redversDr. Nicole Redvers
Reconciliation Belongs to All of Us
Panelist, Panel Presentation
Janvier Room, Explorer Hotel
Saturday, November 4, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Dr. Nicole Redvers, B.Sc, ND is the first licensed practicing naturopathic physician in North America who is Dene (a member of the Deninu K’ue First Nation Band) living and working on Yellowknives Dene territory to which she has roots.

After growing up in Canada’s isolated north, she pursued an advanced Western medical education in the south, and has had the privilege of developing relationships with strong elders and medicine people in her region.

Dr. Redvers has travelled the globe in a volunteer capacity, studying traditional medicine systems in various countries and working with indigenous patients over the last 10 years, helping to bridge the gap between traditional and modern medicine systems as well as advancing local public health outcomes. Dr. Redvers developed Northern Canada’s only integrative medicine clinic from the ground up in addition to working with policy advisers and researchers within and outside of government to enhance care for indigenous patients.

Dr. Redvers is the chair and co-founder of the non-profit group, the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation, with the purpose of revitalizing traditional wellness services in the Canadian north, with a focus on the environmental protection of traditional medicines, public health policy development with an indigenous lens, direct patient care and traditional health governance. Dr. Redvers currently lives in Yellowknife with her husband and two daughters.

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Version 3Roy Erasmus Sr.
Reconciliation Belongs to All of Us
Panelist, Panel Presentation
Janvier Room, Explorer Hotel
Saturday, November 4, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Roy Erasmus likes to focus on what is possible, not what is impossible. He is a Dene person who enjoys working with other Aboriginal people who are ready to work towards reaching their dreams. Roy believes everybody has the strength and resources to achieve their goals; they just might need a little bit of help to “go for it.”

Roy is a father and grandfather who is a counselor and a life coach. He is also a lawyer with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). His extensive experience includes being a land claims negotiator, an MLA and having a successful career as a senior manager for Aboriginal organizations and government. Roy’s sobriety spans 30 years.

After surviving heart disease, Roy decided to become a counselor and life coach, so he came to Rhodes Wellness College and realized his dream. Roy is a Registered Professional Counselor Candidate, and he is ready to draw on his varied experience and therapeutic techniques to help people overcome any limiting beliefs and to attain their goals.

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KF-9597.jpgKimberly Fairman
Reconciliation Belongs to All of Us
Panelist, Panel Presentation
Janvier Room, Explorer Hotel
Saturday, November 4, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Kimberly has lived and worked all of her life in either Nunavut or the Northwest Territories. Most of her work has been with the federal and territorial governments. Her federal experience included responsibility for regional program delivery, socio-economic, political and intergovernmental research and program support, consultation and support for aboriginal governments and inter-govermental relations. With the Territorial Governments, Kimberly has worked in Health Administration and as a Registered Nurse. She resides in Yellowknife with her husband and four children.

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