Conference Session Descriptions

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Tuesday, September 26TH, 2017

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1:00PM-2:15PM – SESSION #1:

 

ELDERS IN MOTION: Traditional Games for Any Age

DESCRIPTION: Learn activities that help promote cultural pride and understanding, while also having physical benefits. In this hands-on session, Shawna McLeod, the Traditional Games Manager for the Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT, will lead delegates through a series of traditional games suitable for Older Adults.

SPEAKERS: Shawna McLeod, Traditional Games Manager, Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT

 

YOUTH: Money Matters 2 YOUth

DESCRIPTION: Do you work with youth who have limited knowledge of financial literacy? Perhaps you work with youth who are employed, but have poor money management skills?

Join us to discuss the basics of money management, including: setting financial goals, wants vs. needs, banking and savings, credit and debt, grocery shopping & budgeting, financial planning and considerations at income tax time.

SPEAKERS: Iris Hamlyn, Executive Director, SideDoor

 

LEADERSHIP:  Proposal Writing Part 1

Description: TBA

SPEAKERS: NWT Literacy Council

 

ON THE LAND: Staying Safe in a Changing Landscape

DESCRIPTION: Across the territory, the changing climate is affecting weather, the land, and livelihoods. An increase in extreme events, such as droughts and forest fires; changing ice conditions as a result of shorter and warmer winters; and shifting animal ranges and populations are just some of the more visible impacts of climate change in the North. This session explores a variety of strategies from traditional knowledge to science to risk management for staying safe while travelling on the land.

SPEAKERS: John Hicks and Andrew Arreak

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2:30PM-3:45PM – SESSION #2:

 

ELDERS IN MOTION: Aging with a Healthy Mind

DESCRIPTION: As important as a healthy body is to aging well, so too is a healthy mind. In this session, participants will learn practical and simple ways to keep the brain functioning at its best as we age. It is never too late to take care of your brain.

SPEAKERS: Carol Norwegian, Volunteer and Recreation Supervisor, AVENS; and Romy Quackenbush, Social Worker, AVENS

 

YOUTH: Pre-Employment Essentials 4 YOUth

DESCRIPTION: Are you considering offering a pre-employment program for youth? Do you need direction in setting up a program? Join us to discuss the basics of employment readiness / essential skills pre-employment training, including: resume and cover letter, interviewing skills and techniques, job search skills (including applications and online tools), personal and time management skills, communication skills and networking, workplace etiquette, dealing with conflict and skills in effective negotiation, and  dealing with stress and skills in making healthy choices.

SPEAKERS: Amanda Price , Navigator, SideDoor

 

LEADERSHIP: Proposal Writing Part 2

DESCRIPTION: TBA

SPEAKERS: NWT Literacy Council

 

ON THE LAND: Keeping the Experience Alive

DESCRIPTION: There is little doubt that land-based programs are powerful tools for education and healing, amongst other things. Done well, they can positively impact lives. Experience tells us that programs are more effective when they incorporate follow-up. In this session, we will explore the value and “how to” of after-care for land-based programs whether they are focused on hard skills, like hunting and trapping, on interpersonal skills, such as communication and leadership, or on individual healing.

SPEAKERS: Meghan Etter, Jimmy Ruttan and Peggy Day, Project Jewel

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Wednesday, September 27TH, 2017

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10:45AM-12:00PM – SESSION #3:

 

ELDERS IN MOTION: A Healthy Body Through Traditional Dance

DESCRIPTION: Many cultural activities support a healthy and active lifestyle, including dancing! This fun-filled session will showcase Gwich’in and Inuvialuit dances, highlight the many benefits of dance, and provide participants with opportunities to join in the dancing fun.

SPEAKERS: Debbie Gordon-Ruben, Resolution Health Support Program Manager, IRC

 

YOUTH: YOUth Programming: Trauma Informed and Harm Reduction Approach

DESCRIPTION: Whenever you work with vulnerable populations knowledge of trauma informed and harm reduction practices are essential for success of your programs.  Trauma-Informed Care includes understanding trauma and its effects, creating safe physical and emotional space, supporting consumer choice and control, and integrating trauma-informed care across service systems. When a person feels safe, they are better able to move toward recovery. Harm Reduction for youth means meeting a youth where they are in life and letting them make decisions about the program they are in and their own futures. A harm reduction program should empower youth by offering a support system that allows youth enough control to make their own positive decisions and then space to safely see the outcomes of these decisions. Join us as we seek to implement 5 ways to build a harm reduction program for youth and discuss the essentials of a Trauma informed Programming for Youth.

SPEAKERS: Iris Hamlyn, Executive Director, SideDoor; and Amanda Price, Navigator, SideDoor

 

LEADERSHIP: Creating Spaces to Engage and Empower Young Leaders!

DESCRIPTION: BYTE was born out of the need for Yukon youth to have a place for their ideas, passions, to share their stories and to fulfill their massive potential! Join BYTE as we explore how we help youth develop confidence, skills, openness and a sense of identity and belonging. We’ll discuss some of our successes and challenges in engaging youth. We’ll also look at some of the ways we’ve advocated for youth voices to be heard and how we empower young leaders to create change in their communities!

SPEAKERS: Shelby Maunder, Executive Director, BYTE Empowering Youth Society

 

ON THE LAND: Indigenous Tourism

DESCRIPTION: Indigenous tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors in the tourism industry in Canada. Done well, Indigenous tourism is a form of sustainable economic development that can empower communities, strengthen ties between Indigenous people and their land, and contribute to cross-cultural understanding. Beyond highlighting the value of Indigenous tourism, this session will explore opportunities and supports for Indigenous tourism in the NWT.

SPEAKERS: Eileen Jacobson, Arctic Ocean Tuk Tours; Kylik Kisoun Taylor, Tundra North Tours; Brenda Dragon, ITI

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1:00PM-4:00PM – ACTIVITIES & TOURS:

DESCRIPTION: Examples of activities during this session include traditional crafts, drumming workshops, and the blanket exercise.

NOTE: Attendees may make their choice of activities and tours when they pick up their delegate packages at the beginning of the Conference

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Thursday, September 28TH, 2017

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9:00AM-10:30AM – PLENARY: BRIGHT SPOTS

DESCRIPTION: Organizations often focus on what isn’t working. Bright Spots turn our attention to what organizations and communities are doing well. They celebrate innovation and success. Participants will hear about four programs making a difference in NWT communities, from how they got their start to tips for success.

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10:45AM-12:00PM – SESSION #4:

 

ELDERS IN MOTION: A Knowledge Exchange with Wisdom-Keepers

DESCRIPTION: Elders, as knowledge holders and community leaders, play an important role in keeping communities well. This facilitated session will give Elders and delegates a chance to discuss their tips and tricks for aging well.

FACILITATOR: Leela Gilday, Indigenous Health and Community Wellness, Health and Social Services

 

YOUTH: Introduction to Self Defence and Safety

DESCRIPTION: Do you work with vulnerable people and sometimes find yourself in dangerous or threatening situations?  Do you work with populations who are potentially a safety risk to themselves or others?  Join Ian Ellseworth as he equips you with Criminal Code Responsibilities and Prevention and Mitigation Tactics.  You will also participate in a practical demonstration of stance and tactical positioning, escort positions, stuns and escaping grabbing. Theory 45 minutes and Practical Demonstration 45 minutes. Disclaimer: This training is physical and “hands-on” and a waiver will be provided to participate in the training.

SPEAKERS: Ian Ellseworth, Trinity Tactical

*If interested in certification in self-defence, join Ian on Friday morning for 3-hours of self-defence training, including expanded theory and practical demonstrations.

 

LEADERSHIP: Women on Boards

DESCRIPTION: It is important to motivate, educate and build confidence in Women to run for a board positions. To do this we have to raise awareness of what is involved in being on a board and to look at creating a leadership development plan. It is also important for women already involved in board work to continue to aspire to higher levels and mentor and encourage more women to get involved. The session provides an overview of how to create an inclusive board culture, the value of women on boards and strategies to assist in overcoming some of the challenges and recruiting more women for board positions.

SPEAKERS: Bryna Kopelow, JW Sporta

 

ON THE LAND: Learning on the Land

DESCRIPTION: Indigenous people have been learning on, from, and with the land since time immemorial. Today, most Inuvialuit, Dene, and Métis children in the NWT receive the majority of their education in formal classrooms. This session explores how schools can better incorporate on the land learning and land-based programs into their curriculums. It will also shed light on the relationships and partnerships between schools and communities that can further enhance these experiences for children and youth.

SPEAKERS: Velma Illasiak, Moose Kerr School; and John Stewart, ECE

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1:45PM-3:00PM – PLENARY: Bridging the Gap: Connecting Youth and Elders on the Land

DESCRIPTION: Elders are important knowledge holders in our communities. They connect us to the old ways and provide insight for future generations. Youth are the future. They will lead our communities. Land-based programs provide an opportunity to bring youth and Elders together, to learn from one another. Sometimes, the gap between the young and the old seems too big. They have grown up in very different worlds and it is easy for them to misunderstand one another. This session explores how we might create spaces for the exchange of wisdom, experience, and skills that honour both elders and youth.

FACILITATOR: Leela Gilday, Indigenous Health and Community Wellness, Health and Social Services

SPEAKERS: Robyn McLeod

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Friday, September 29TH, 2017 (POST CONFERENCE)

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9:00PM-12:00PM –Self-Defense Training 4 YOUth Workers (Self-Defence Certification )

DESCRIPTION: Do you work with vulnerable people and sometimes find yourself in dangerous or threatening situations?  Do you work with people who are potentially a safety risk to themselves or others?  Join us for a 3-hour workshop, as he equips you with Criminal Code Responsibilities and Prevention and Mitigation Tactics.  You will also participate in a practical demonstration of stance and tactical positioning, escort positions, stuns and escaping grabbing. This 3-hour self-defence training, including expanded theory and practical demonstrations, will result in Self-Defence Certification (mailed to you following successful completion of the training).

SPEAKERS: Ian Ellseworth, Trinity Tactical Consulting

*Disclaimer: This training is physical and “hands-on” and a waiver is required to participate in the training.

 

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