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Aboriginal Health Initiative

Aboriginal Health Symposium

On June 6, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., the Faculty of Medicine is hosting the second annual Aboriginal Health Symposium. This half day symposium will showcase Aboriginal education and research taking place at Memorial University of Newfoundland. The symposium will feature oral and poster presentation of research related to Aboriginal health (i.e. Newfoundland and Labrador specific, rural health, TRC cultural sensitivity, Indigenous research methods, etc.). 

Registration is now closed. However, you can see the entire symposium live through the following link:

To view the full itinerary, visit here.

To download the program, visit here.

Keynote speaker

Dr. Jeff Reading

Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
First Nations Health Authority Chair in Heart Health and Wellness, St. Paul's Hospital

"Improving Indigenous health for future generations, progress and opportunities informed by the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples' (1997) to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2017)"


Dr. Jeff Reading has more than two decades of experience enhancing knowledge in Indigenous health issues, both in Canada and globally. He was the founding director of the Centre for Aboriginal Health Research at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.
As the inaugural scientific director of the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research from 2000 to 2008, Dr. Reading led a movement calling for a national advanced research agenda in the area of Aboriginal peoples health and led the Canadian Institutes of Health Research cross-cutting initiative in rural and northern health research.
Dr. Reading held the first endowed research chair at the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. His broad interests in research in public health has brought attention to issues including but not limited to: the social determinants of health, environmental issues including provision of safe potable water, health promotion and disease prevention, heart health, diabetes, tobacco misuse and accessibility to health care among Aboriginal Canadians.
He has played a pivotal role in the introduction of Canadian ethics guidelines for Aboriginal health research. He also made key contributions to the Canadian Academy of Health Science's report and solutions that aim to have a particular impact on Indigenous Peoples’ health globally.
In 2016, Dr. Reading was appointed the Inaugural British Columbia First Nations Health Authority Chair in Heart Health and Wellness at St. Paul’s Hospital based at Simon Fraser University.

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