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Virtual Event: Building Relationships and Partnerships Between Indigenous Communities and Health Organizations: Sharing the Journey of the Promoting Life Together Collaborative

Date: December 3, 2021, 11:30-1:00pm ET

This virtual event will mark the launch of the Story of the Promoting Life Together Collaborative two-part virtual learning series. The panel will discuss and share lessons learned regarding relationship and partnership building within the Collaborative and organizational readiness of non-Indigenous health organizations to the work. Clips of videos, including the 45-minute Sharing Our Story video will be shown as panel members answer questions and share reflections and learnings of their experience with the Promoting Life Together Collaborative.

Together, we will:

  • Discuss key elements to support the development of meaningful relationships and partnerships between Indigenous communities/organizations and mainstream health organizations
  • Consider lessons learned for organizational readiness to support relational work that encourages reciprocity
  • Discuss from a community perspective how trust was built to foster engagement and partnerships, leading to culturally appropriate and community driven life promoting activities


  • Denise McCuaig, Métis, PLT Collaborative Guidance Group Member, Coach/Mentor
  • Maria Judd, Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives and Engagement, Healthcare Excellence Canada


  • Carol Hopkins, Executive Director, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, PLT Collaborative Guidance Group Member
  • Brenda Restoule, Psychologist, Anishinabek from Dokis First Nation, CEO, First Peoples Wellness Circle, PLT Collaborative Guidance Group Member, PLT Coach/Mentor
  • Jason Klainchar, Executive Director, Churchill Health Centre, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Churchill PLT Collaborative Team Member
  • Jill Larkin, Manager, Warrior Caregiver Program, Churchill Health Centre, Churchill PLT Collaborative Team Member
  • Despina Papadopoulos, Senior Program Lead, Northern and Indigenous Health Team, Healthcare Excellence Canada

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