Five Days in May: May 31 - Day 5 Schedule of Events

Posted on: May 25, 2022

Every Tuesday this May, join us to learn about how health research is driving innovation and improvement in BC!

Schedule for Tuesday, May 31, 2022:


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More information on the events supported by and involving Island Health:

9 a.m. | Paddling Together Toward Culturally Safe Emergency Care for Nuu-Chah-Nulth Elders: Are We on a Good Path?

A collaboration between the West Coast General Hospital (WCGH), the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Community brought together key stakeholders to address the culturally unsafe treatment of many Nuu-Chah-Nulth Elders accessing emergency care.  This led to the establishment of a project team that was awarded funds to hold a workshop with Nuu-Chah-Nulth Elders in 2017. 

A report was co-created with recommendations developed by Elders, community members, and health partners. This presentation will review the recommendations of the report and a panel will discuss the barriers and progress made on implementing key recommendations.

Moderator: Eunice Joe, Acting Vice President Indigenous Health & Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Island Health


  • Dr. Dorothy (Sam) Williams, Executive Medical Director, Oceanside, Alberni-Clayoquot, Island Health
  • Janice Johnson, First Nations Health Authority


  • Pam Rardon, Site Director, West Coast General Hospital
  • Kathleen Harris, Manager, Cultural Safety, Island Health (on behalf of Tofino and West Coast General Hospital Cultural Safety Committees)
  • Janice Johnson, Interim Manager, Community Engagement Vancouver Island Region, First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)
  • Krista Joseph, Senior Advisor, Cultural Safety and Humility, FNHA Vancouver Island Region
  • Desiree Holmes, Quality and Safety Analyst, FNHA Vancouver Island Region

1 p.m. | Building Research Relationships with Indigenous Communities: An Interactive Workshop

Building Research Relationships with Indigenous Communities (BRRIC) provides training for researchers and their teams seeking to engage Indigenous communities in BC in research. Please join us for an introduction on the BRRIC modules that will include a diverse array of essential information at the introductory level, covering issues such as:

  • the history of Indigenous health and research in British Columbia; 
  • existing policies and frameworks guiding research with Indigenous communities such as OCAP®, Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, Tri-Council Policy Statement Chapter 9; and,
  • protocols on how to respectfully and meaningfully engage communities in research projects.

The aim of the event is to provide participants with a foundational understanding around practical skills for engaging in transformative research with Indigenous peoples that utilizes best practices to ensure research is effective and produces outcomes that benefit Indigenous communities.


  • Mathew Fleury, BA, BSW, MPH, PhD(c) (Manager of Research and Knowledge Exchange, First Nations Health Authority, and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University)

3 p.m. | Celebrating Indigenous Health Students: A Research Symposium

Join us to recognize the work of Indigenous Health students, learn what they did, and share their outcomes.


  • Mathew Fleury, BA, BSW, MPH, PhD(c) (Manager of Research and Knowledge Exchange, First Nations Health Authority, and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University).