Image of Janet Smylie sitting on green grass. Photo: Samuel Engelking

Join internationally renowned Indigenous health researcher Dr. Janet Smylie for our keynote lecture entitled “Advancing generative health services for First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples”.

Health and social services such as hospitals, family services, and policing are commonly of limited social value for First Nations, Inuit and Metis (FNIM) peoples. In this presentation, Janet Smylie will discuss the root causes of this failure and how to overcome them. She will share evidence and examples of successful FNIM health service innovations and open a conversation on change leadership.

By the end of the session participants will:

  • Have witnessed and participated in self-location;
  • Be able to provide one concrete example of how existing health service systems are failing FNIM peoples and one underlying driver of this failure;
  • Be able to describe an example of a successful FNIM community-led health service innovation and one underlying driver of this success;
  • Identify one or more change leadership strategies and one more change leadership pitfalls.

Dr. Smylie is the Director of the Well Living House Action Research Centre for Indigenous Infant, Child, and Family Health and Wellbeing, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Advancing Generative Health Services for Indigenous Populations in Canada and a professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Smylie’s research focuses on addressing Indigenous health inequities in partnership with Indigenous communities. She is particularly focused on ensuring all First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples are counted into health policy and planning wherever they live in ways that make sense to them; addressing anti-Indigenous racism in health services; and advancing community-rooted innovations in health services for Indigenous populations. She maintains a part-time clinical practice at Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto and has practiced and taught family medicine in a variety of Indigenous communities both urban and rural. A Métis woman, she acknowledges her family, traditional teachers, and ceremonial lodge.