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Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador

October 6-9, 2017


Northern, Rural, and Remote Health was an international forum dedicated to sharing knowledge, experience, and innovations in community health. The event was an effort to promote and strengthen transdisciplinary dialogue on critical issues affecting the health and health care of rural, Northern, and Indigenous populations in Canada and abroad. The conference was being held in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada on October 6-9, 2017.


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Who attended?

This meeting brought together leaders in Indigenous health, health professionals, community workers, governmental representatives, policy and decision-makers, educators, researchers, students, and trainees with an interest in all aspects of health in northern, rural, and Indigenous communities.



The Planning and Scientific Committees organized a dynamic scientific, clinical, and social program. The scientific program included plenary sessions from some of Canada’s leaders in 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 conference featured a keynote by Natan Obed, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. Additional information about the keynote, plenaries, workshops, and the schedule will be posted on the PROGRAM page as it becomes available.


The overall objective of the conference is to provide a venue for Indigenous leaders, health professionals, community workers, policy-makers and administrators, researchers, educators, and trainees to share knowledge and collaborate in research and innovations in public health, clinical, and community-based care. More specifically, the conference will:


  1. Examine the intersections and impacts of environmental, social, and political change on health;

  2. Envision the future design of northern and Indigenous health systems, and health professional education;

  3. Promote partnerships and knowledge sharing across health and social care sectors;

  4. Explore local innovations and successes in community-based programming, health service delivery, and teaching and learning;

  5. Foster dialogue on best practices in research methods and methodologies.


Conference Themes

NRRH will explore the intersections between key determinants of rural, northern, and Indigenous health, and highlight innovations in health services, policy development, and community-based programming. The conference themes include:


  1. Climate Change and Planetary Health;

  2. Future Healers and Health Systems;

  3. Reconciliation and Indigenous Health;

  4. Mental Wellness and Suicide Prevention;

  5. Innovations in Rural Care and Health Services

  6. Community Well-being, Culture, and Resilience

  7. Technology and Simulation as Clinical and Teaching Tools


Planning Committee & Collaborators

The conference is a collaborative effort by health organizations in Labrador. The Planning Committee includes representatives from the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health, the Faculty of Medicine and the Labrador Institute of Memorial University, the Innu Nation, Labrador-Grenfell Regional Health Authority, Movember Canada, NORFAM, the Nunatsiavut Government, the NunatuKavut Community Council, the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada, and the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

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This conference is a collaboration between the following organizations:

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