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Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador

October 6-9, 2017


Scientific Program

The Planning and Scientific Committees for Northern, Rural, and Remote Health organized a dynamic scientific, clinical, and social program. The scientific program included keynote and plenary talks from leaders in Indigenous, northern, rural, and remote health, panel dialogues addressing critical issues in health, clinical and skill-building workshops, and oral and poster presentations.


The conference was held in coordination with the 10th anniversary of the Trapline Marathon, a grassroots, heritage-oriented road race that brings together communities from across Labrador and beyond.


The At a Glance and Detailed Scientific program are now available.

CME (Updated November 28, 2017)

This Group Learning program was been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter for up to 16.5 Mainpro+ credits.

To receive MainPro+ credits for the conference, please complete the session evaluation form for each session attended and the attendance form (including your email address) and return to Kathryn Wedgwood at  A letter certifying your attendance will be emailed to you within a few weeks of receipt by our office.

Keynote Speaker

Toward Health Equity for Inuit  (Click on title for video of lecture)



Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Ottawa, Ontario


ITK is the national voice of Canada’s 60,000 Inuit. President Obed is originally from Nain, the northernmost community in Labrador’s Nunatsiavut region, and now lives in Ottawa. For 10 years he lived in Iqaluit, Nunavut where he worked as the Director of Social and Cultural Development for Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the organization that represents the rights of Nunavut Inuit. President Obed has devoted his career to working with Inuit representational organizations to improve the well-being of Inuit in Canada.

Plenary Speakers

Innu care approach: What the Innu are doing different under social welfare


Social Health Director

Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation

Sheshatshiu, Newfoundland and Labrador


Jack was raised in the Innu community of Sheshatshiu, where he was exposed to the traditional way of life on the land. He is highly experienced in the field of First Nations health and has worked as a community development officer and consultant to the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch with Health Canada and also was the manager of Child Youth and Family Services of the Labrador region. He received a Bachelor of Social Work from the University Of Regina, having previously obtained a counseling and program development certificate and administration and management addiction worker certificate from the Nechi Institute in Edmonton. Jack’s current responsibilities include supervision, management and administration of mental health and addictions and community development. Jack is married with three children and two grandchildren.

The use of Remote Presence Robotic Technology to provide access to primary and specialized health care in remote locations

Dr. Ivar Mendez

Fred H. Wigmore Professor and Unified Head of Surgery

University of Saskatchewan and Saskatoon Health Region

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada


Dr. Mendez is an internationally recognized expert and pioneer in cell restoration procedures for brain repair and the use of remote presence robots for health care. Dr. Mendez has focused on, and significantly advanced, the use of remote-presence robots for medical care in neurosurgery and primary health care. In 2002, Dr. Mendez and his team performed the first long distance telementoring neurosurgery in the world. In 2010, his team established the first remote presence robotic program in the Canadian North to provide access to primary and specialized care to underserviced First Nations communities. [More about Dr. Mendez...]

When two worlds collide: ‘Doing the right thing’ for Indigenous Peoples’ Health

Julie Bull   (Click on title for video of lecture)

Research Methods Specialist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Sessional Professor, University of Toronto

PhD Student, University of New Brunswick


Julie Bull is an award-wining Inuk researcher and educator from Happy Valley-Goose Bay and is a member of NunatuKavut, Labrador, with more than 15 years of experience in community-based research and education involving Indigenous communities. She is a Vanier Scholar, and is active in both academic and grassroots research ethics initiatives including the committee for education and outreach with the Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research, and the NunatuKavut Community Council Research Review Committee. [More about Julie Bull...]

Go to where men are

Craig Martin

Global Director, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Movember Foundation

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Craig started his career as a nurse, with a Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology) and worked in a range of clinical, program management and management roles in service delivery of clinical Mental Health services and programs. Craig subsequently gained a Post-graduate Diploma in Mental Health, Master of Nursing (Clinical Leadership) and is currently enrolled in an Executive MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management. Craig’s most recent role was as the NSW Mental Health Network Manager at the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation where he was responsible for the design, development, implementation and evaluation of innovative programs and models of care and overseeing large scale change in service delivery in the state of NSW, Australia. [More about Craig Martin...]

This conference is a collaboration between the following organizations:

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