2019 Events

Thank you to everyone who attended our events in 2019

This year, the NWT Wellness Society worked with local practitioners and organizations to teach northerners the meditative doodling art of Zentangle, increase awareness and understanding of FASD in our community, and stimulate a northern conversation on continuity of care, patient advocacy and access to personal healthcare information. We also had a successful Wellness Resource Fair for residents to connect with local practitioners and find out more about the products and services they offer. Thank you for a great year!


Wellness Resource Fair and Nutritious Food Vendors

Falling Through the Cracks: A northern conversation on continuity of care, patient advocacy and access to personal healthcare information

Sunday, September 22, 2019
Mildred Hall School, Yellowknife

For more information on the exhibitors and presenters, visit our Presenters Page.

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Wellness Resource Fair and Nutritious Food Vendors

This annual event is one-of-a-kind in our community! It is the ideal opportunity for Yellowknifers to talk with local health and wellness practitioners (body, mind and spirit) and learn about their wellness products and services. As the fair is taking place over lunch, there will be local nutritionists and healthy food preparation practitioners selling healthy food options!

1:00 – 5:00 pm
Falling Through the Cracks: A northern conversation on continuity of care, patient advocacy and access to personal healthcare information

1:00 – 1:10 pm
Welcome Remarks

1:10 – 1:25 pm
Presentation: Falling Through the Cracks in Real Time
Shannon Moore

In July 2019, Yellowknife resident Shannon Moore joined other locals jumping off the Yellowknife River bridge into the water below. When she landed in the water, she immediately knew something was very wrong and went to Emergency. It took several visits and six days to find out that she had broken her back. She was medevac’d to Edmonton. The late diagnosis was a shock, and the weeks-long journey that followed of falling through gaps in the healthcare system, and self-advocating herself out of them was emotionally and mentally taxing. She considers herself very lucky to have been in the position to self-advocate, and hopes that by sharing her story, others won’t have to experience the frustration and worry she is still experiencing today.

1:25 – 2:35 pm
Screening of Falling Through the Cracks

The Price family (Father: Dave Price and sister: Teri Price) will present a 30- minute, extremely moving, video dramatization, Falling Through the Cracks: Greg’s Story, about Greg Price’s journey through the healthcare system. The film gives a glimpse of who Greg was and focuses on the events of his healthcare journey that ended in his unexpected and tragic death. In spite of the sadness of Greg’s Story, the message of the film is intended to inspire positive change and improvement in the healthcare system. The film is intended to create a platform for further dialogue. Watch the trailer www.gregswings.ca/fttc-gregsstory

Following the film, Dave and Teri Price will be on hand for a 30-45 minute Q&A about the film and how it is inspiring positive change and improvement in health care delivery throughout Canada.

2:35 – 3:00 pm
Presentation: Creating better relationships in health care delivery
Dr. Ruth Wilson

Health care systems work best when there is a partnership between the person seeking care and those providing it. Too often our system is impersonal, lacking in ongoing relationships where a person is known as individual and treated with knowledge of their past history and current context. This is particularly true in places such as Yellowknife and other Northern communities where there is a high turnover, and a shortage, of doctors, nurses and other health care practitioners. Dr. Ruth Wilson will discuss the scientific evidence for the provision of relationship-based continuity of care, and will propose methods to achieve this, which have been successful in other jurisdictions, based on her national and international experience.

3:00 – 3:25 pm
: Controlling your health care information
Dr. Ewan Affleck

This presentation by long time Yellowknife resident Dr. Ewan Affleck will explore the issue of patient control over their own health care records/information and the potential harms/difficulties that can and do arise when patients have limited access; especially while in the midst of crisis situations in their health.

Although according to law Canadians own their health information, most have difficulty accessing it. Patient access to health information and the manner in which that information is captured, stored and used has a great bearing on patient welfare. By considering the case of Greg Price, Dr. Ewan Affleck will look at how the management of people’s health information is directly impacting their health.

3:25 – 3:40 pm
**Health Break**
ponsored by Birchwood Coffee Kǫ and Co-op

3:40 – 4:00 pm
Presentation: Continuity of Care and Patient Advocacy — An Indigenous Perspective
Lianne Mantla-Look

Lianne Mantla-Look is from the Tlicho community of Behchoko and she is a Registered Nurse.  Lianne will be speaking about continuity of care and patient advocacy in the North  (with particular emphasis on the Indigenous perspective in these areas) – as a healthcare provider and as a patient.

4:00 – 5:00 pm
Northern Panel Discussion
Panel presenters: Dr. Ewan Affleck, Dr. Ruth Wilson, Shannon Moore, Lianne Mantla-Look, Teri and Dave Price

We all have a very personal stake in how health care is delivered in the North. Our panel facilitator and presenters will lead us through a discussion on continuity of care, patient advocacy and access to personal healthcare information, looking specifically at where systemic improvements to northern health care delivery could be made, and the actions that could get us there. Audience members will contribute to the conversation.

Who should attend:

The target audience for this event is the general public, doctors, nurses and others from the northern medical community, decision-makers within GNWT and Department of Health and Social Services, Indigenous community leaders, and current MLAs and MLA candidates in the coming election.

Thank you to our sponsors of this event:

  • NWT Medical Association
  • Birchwood Coffee Kǫ
  • Co-op
  • Ecology North
  • City of Yellowknife
  • PIDO Productions


An Introduction to Zentangle

Sunday, April 28, 2019
1:00 – 3:30 PM
Scotia Centre, Lower Level Boardroom

Taught by Tami Johnson

Zentangle promotes healing through a meditative process and promotes relaxation, focus and imagination. The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. In this 2.5 hour workshop, you will learn the 8 basic steps in the Zentangle Method while creating two beautiful unique tiles. You will receive a kit bag with your supplies – tiles, Sakura Pens, a tortillion, a graphite pencil and instructions. Open from ages 16 onward.

The cost is $10 for this workshop which includes materials for the workshop and a light snack. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please note, your spot is not guaranteed until you have paid. Please send us your name, email and phone number to nwtwellnesssociety@gmail.com. Upon confirmation of your spot, you can EMT the $10 registration cost to this email as well with the password WELLNESS.

Thank you to McCor Management for donating the space for this workshop.


Understand FASD in our Community

Monday, September 9, 2019
7:00 – 8:30pm
Scotia Centre, Lower Level Boardroom, Yellowknife

This event is being held on FASD Awareness Day. It is FREE to the public to attend!

In partnership with the Foster Family Coalition of the NWT, this strength-based information session will share stories of how to support those living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a diagnostic term used to describe the effects on the brain and body of an individual due to prenatal alcohol exposure. Individuals with FASD can live happy, healthy, normal lives if they receive proper support, but sometimes it is difficult to know exactly how to give support.

In this interactive presentation, Tammy Roberts, a long-time caregiver of children, youth, and adults with FASD, will talk with Stacey Thurman, the youth FASD diagnostic clinic coordinator, and Shawna Pound, the adult FASD diagnostic clinic coordinator, about successful ways to support individuals who have FASD, by focusing on their strengths and using the capacity of the entire surrounding community.

For more information on the presenters, visit our Presenters Page.

This event is for caregivers, friends of caregivers, friends and family members of individuals with FASD, anyone interested in learning more about FASD (teachers, other professionals, etc). Join us!

Thank you to McCor Management for donating the space for this workshop.