Indigenous Health Conference 2024


May 24 – 26, 2024, Winnipeg, Manitoba



About US

The inaugural Indigenous Health Conference (IHC) was founded in 2014 by Dr. Anna Banerji with a dedicated conference committee from First Nations, Métis and Inuit with backgrounds or with extensive experience working with Indigenous populations coming from medicine, nursing, allied health backgrounds or with lived experience.

About The Conference

The goal of this inter-disciplinary conference is to enhance the number and increase the cultural safety of health care providers who currently work with or wish to work with Indigenous populations in the future. The ultimate goal would be to improve the health outcomes and access for Indigenous peoples across Canada.

Conference Theme

This year we have outstanding speakers some of them include: Dr. Cindy Blackstock and her determination for equity for children in the fostercare system. Dr. Simon Brascoupe, a former CEO of National Aboriginal Health Commission will enlighten us on land-based healing. Dr. Barry Lavallee, CEO of Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin Inc, will discuss racism and its impact on Indigenous Health.

We welcome you to the largest national Indigenous health meeting in Canada. We have heard you! This interdisciplinary conference will now be hybrid and in person!


Welcome to IHC2024, the largest Indigenous health meeting in Canada. Whether you are just starting your journey or have lived experience with Indigenous communities, this conference will deepen your understanding of critical issues in Indigenous Health. As this conference is mostly told through the voices of Indigenous peoples, you will understand the history of Canada through an Indigenous lens, have opportunities to celebrate Indigenous successes, and work together to improve health outcomes for Indigenous peoples. IHC2024 has a broad range of topics from mental health, infectious /chronic disease to traditional healing. The meeting will discuss the challenges and successes faced by Indigenous leadership in recovering from the COVID-19 era. The call for abstracts for workshops, oral and poster presentations will give you opportunity to highlight the work that you and your partners are doing to advance Indigenous health. You will hear about the latest research studies, hear the wisdom from Indigenous elders and knowledge keepers, and profile successes Indigenous communities. Through the job fair, you can link up with health recruiters from across Canada to find that perfect job.


Cindy Blackstock

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society

Executive Director

Dr. Barry Lavallee

Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin (KIM) Inc.

Chief Executive Officer

Simon Brascoupé

First Nations Education Administrators Association

Senior Vice-President Education, Communications and Services

Natan Obed

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami


Ellen Blais

Association of Indigenous Midwifery

Director, Indigenous Midwifery

Marilee Nowgesic

Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association

Chief Executive Officer


The largest conference in Canada which combines the latest in scholarly activities with Indigenous knowledge and leadership.


Celebrating the success of Indigenous leadership in improving the health of Indigenous peoples

  • Reviewing how historical factors such as colonization, impact the current health of many Indigenous peoples
  • Educating health care providers on cultural competency and safety including frank discussions about racism in healthcare
  • Discussing some of the major health and barriers to health, in addition potential solutions to address them.
  • Knowledge translation and dissemination of the most up to date health care research relevant to the health of Indigenous peoples through plenaries, workshops, posters and oral presentations
  • Engaging in respectful discussions on building trust to support the development of networks and partnerships.
  1. to provide a networking opportunity between Indigenous community members, healthcare practitioners, researchers and policymakers and the formulation of ideas for future community- based research

•          Help match unmet healthcare provider needs with community organizations and health care institutions through a job fair.

Target Audience

The target audience for this inter-disciplinary health conference includes:

Family Physicians

  • Primary Care Providers
  • Specialist Physicians
  • Nurses/ Nurse Practitioners
  • Allied Health Workers
  • Mental Health Workers
  • Knowledge keepers
  • Policy and Public Health Specialists
  • Researchers and Knowledge Users
  • Students
  • Community Leaders, Elders and Community Members
  • anyone interested in Indigenous health issues and outcomes

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