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Aboriginal Mental Health & Wellness Conference

OCTOBER 6 & 7, 2015 Victoria Inn, 3550 Victoria Avenue West, Brandon, MB 8:00 am - 4:30 pm



Dr. Brenda Restoule, BA Honors, Ph. D.

Dr. Restoule is a registered clinical psychologist in Ontario and works in Nipissing First Nation. Her clinical and community development work experience has been almost exclusively with Indigenous populations in varied environments such as a federal women’s prison, children’s mental health, and urban and First Nation communities. Her area of expertise on Indigenous mental health and wellness has led her to consult with government agencies, appear before government inquiries, author book chapters and teaching manuals; and participate in Indigenous programming and research. She has spoken on the topic of Indigenous mental health and wellness regionally, nationally and internationally. As the Chair of the Native Mental Health Association of Canada Dr. Restoule is currently partnered with the Assembly of First Nations, National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation and Health Canada in the development and implementation of the First Nation Mental Wellness Continuum Framework.

Dr. Chandrakant P. Shah, MD, O. Ont.

Dr. Chandrakant Shah is a Staff Physician at Anishnawbe Health Toronto and provides primary healthcare to Aboriginal people. Over the past 40 years he is involved in issues related to the health of both urban and remote Aboriginal communities through his practice, teaching, research and advocacy. In 2000, Dr. Shah secured $2 million in endowments to establish an Endowed Chair in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing at the University of Toronto; the first of its kind in Canada. For his advocacy work within the Aboriginal Community, he has received several awards including the Order of Ontario, and an Eagle Feather from the First Nations House at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Michael Hart, B.S.W., M.S.W., B.A., Ph.D.

Dr. Michael Anthony Hart is from Fisher River Cree Nation and residing in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledges and Social Work at the University of Manitoba, where he is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Work. He has worked in areas of child welfare, addictions, mental health, and family therapy. As a father of two boys, he is concerned about the issues Indigenous people continue to face, including colonial oppression, racism, and stereotyping. He has worked to address these issues through his work and research in the areas of Indigenism, cultural continuity, culturally based helping practices, and cultural safety.

Dr. Michael Yellow Bird, Ph.D.

Dr. Michael Yellow Bird is a citizen of the Three Affiliated Tribes, (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara). He has held faculty and/or academic administrative appointments at the University of British Columbia, University of Kansas, Arizona State University, and Humboldt State University. He is Professor and Director of the Tribal Indigenous Studies program at North Dakota State University. His teaching, writing, research, and community work focus on Indigenous Peoples’ health, leadership, and cultural rights; the effects of colonization and methods of decolonization; decolonizing social work approaches; decolonizing war and military service; neurodecolonization and mind body approaches; neuroscience and Indigenous Peoples; traditional mindfulness and contemplative practices; ancestral and paleo eating and lifestyle; and the Rights of Mother Earth.

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