Conference on the Move to Sioux Lookout, Ontario
Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13, 2012
On Friday, October 12, over 45 delegates from the Rendez-Vous 2012 world conference visited Sioux Lookout, one of NOSM’s Comprehensive Community Clerkship (CCC) communities that hosts medical learners for eight months during their third year of training.
During the visit to Sioux Lookout, delegates had the opportunity to visit Meno Ya Win Health Centre. A tour of the new facility allowed delegates from around the world to see first hand how elements of traditional Aboriginal healing can be incorporated into a modern hospital facility. From the architecture and traditional menu items, to the programs and services, the influence of the Anishinaabe culture is apparent. Delegates attended a Smudging Ceremony lead by local Elders and were treated to a traditional dinner that included fresh moose, wild rice, and pickerel.
Delegates attended three educational sessions which included: Integrating Learners in Sioux Lookout Teaching Practices and Settings; Innovative Treatment Approaches for Narcotic Drug Use in Aboriginal Communities; and, First Nation’s Women’s Perspective on Menopause. The conference participants were then video-linked to the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay to participate in the John Macleod Oration presentation and plenary session led by Dr. Ian Couper.
At the request of the delegates, the bus made a pit-stop at the “Beaver Post”, a highway shop in English River, Ontario, situated beside a large beaver pond, and offering many Aboriginal arts and
crafts. The delegates were treated to a lively and unexpected show by the resident beavers before re-boarding the bus. Conference delegates rejoined the Rendez-Vous 2012 main conference for closing
remarks, before the long journey back home.