This national webinar series provides an opportunity to share knowledge; experiences and perspectives in support of collective efforts to strengthen Indigenous cultural safety in health and social services.


Dr. Barry Lavallee

Dr. Barry Lavallee is a member of Manitoba First Nation and Métis communities, and is a University of Manitoba trained family physician specializing in Indigenous health and northern practice. His clinical work has focused on the health and healing needs of First Nation and Métis communities. He has a Masters of Clinical Sciences from the University of Western Ontario. His research and clinical areas are chronic diseases, transgenerational trauma, impact of colonization on Indigenous communities and international Indigenous health. He is the Director of Student Support and Education for the Centre for Aboriginal Health Education, University of Manitoba and Indigenous Health UGME Curriculum Lead for the University of Manitoba. Dr. Lavallee will be presenting on, Making the Indigenous Body Human: One Day at a Time.

Dr. Chris Mushquash

Dr. Chris Mushquash is Ojibway (Pays Plat First Nation), an Associate Professor at Lakehead University, a CRC in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction, and psychologist at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care. In his presentation, Working Differently to Improve the Health of Indigenous Peoples, Dr. Mushquash will discuss how health is not simply the absence of illness but rather, requires considering how programs and services can help Indigenous people find physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance through purpose, hope, belonging, and meaning in their lives. He will talk about the importance of Purpose, Hope, Belonging, and Meaning in wellness for Indigenous peoples.