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Supporting the Well-Being of Public Servants with Indigenous Healing during the COVID-19 Pandemic


The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a spotlight on how we work, connect and heal in the public service. Many of the traditional practices and cultural activities that Indigenous employees rely on, such as sweat lodges, access to Elders and community ceremonies, have been suspended to prevent the spread of disease. What forms of traditional healing and maintaining mental health have been available to employees during the pandemic?

Join us for a virtual session that focuses on supporting employees during the pandemic. Our guest panellists will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous Peoples and helping public servants access culturally appropriate forms of care. All employees in the public service are invited and encouraged to attend.

Opening Remarks

  • Dennis Nicholas, Mohawk Elder


  • Alexis Ford-Ellis, Director, Workplace Wellbeing and Mental Health, Knowledge Circle for Indigenous Inclusion
  • Phil Lane Jr., Director, Traditional Hereditary Chief, Member of the Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations
  • Chantale Malette, National Manager, Business and Customer Relations, Employee Assistance Services, Specialized Health Services Directorate, Health Canada


Gina Wilson, Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Youth, Canadian Heritage and Deputy Minister Champion for Indigenous Federal Employees

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