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Deepening Our Understanding of Anti-Oppressive Practice and Peacemaking

Building on our Exploring Anti-Oppression Practices and Unconscious Bias in Our Work series, we’ll nurture new habits of mind to inform action.

Participants will reason through strategies to foster equity and inclusion in healthcare through anti-oppression practices and peacemaking. We will draw on the lessons within the Two-Row Wampum Belt Treaty and the Coin Model of Privilege and Critical Allyship to make sense of and strategize on common challenges in equity, diversity and inclusion work.

For this session, we ask that you please revisit the recordings from Part 1 and Part 2 of the previous series.


  • Ed Connors, PhD, C. Psych.
  • Stephanie Nixon, PhD, PT


  • Denise McCuaig, Executive Director, Healthcare Transformation & Capacity Building, Healthcare Excellence Canada
  • Carol Fancott, Director, Patient Safety, Equity, & Engagement, Healthcare Excellence Canada

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About the speakers

Ed Connors is of Mohawk (from Kahnawake Mohawk Territory) and Irish ancestry. He is a psychologist who has worked with First Nations communities across Canada since 1982 in both urban and rural centres. Dr. Connors' most recent work has involved development of Indigenous Life Promotion projects, including Feather Carriers Leadership for Life Promotion. While developing the above services, Dr. Connors has worked with Elders and apprenticed in traditional First Nations approaches to healing. Today his practice incorporates traditional knowledge about healing while also employing his training as a psychologist. His work has also included consultation and community training to assist with Peacemaking, Reconciliation and Anti-oppression.

Stephanie Nixon is Vice-Dean (Faculty of Health Sciences) and Director (School of Rehabilitation Therapy) at Queen’s University. Stephanie is a straight, white, middle class, able-bodied, cisgender, settler woman who tries to understand the pervasive effects of privilege. She explores how systems of oppression shape health care, research and education, and the role of people in positions of unearned advantage in disrupting these harmful patterns.