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Government of Canada Bell Let's Talk Day 2021


When it comes to mental health in federal workplaces, whether you are working from home or on site, every action counts—big or small. This is especially true in the context of COVID-19.

On this Bell Let's Talk Day, join the Centre of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace, the Canada School of Public Service, the Federal Youth Network and your colleagues across Canada for a national conversation on mental health, diversity and inclusion.

Members of the Bell Let's Talk team and senior public service leaders will share their experiences and offer tips on how to move from raising awareness to taking concrete steps to make Government of Canada workplaces psychologically healthier and safer.

Opening remarks

  • Tolga Yalkin, Assistant Deputy Minister, Workplace Policies and Services, Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer, Treasury Board of Canada SecretariatNew
  • Claudette Commanda, Anishinabe Elder and Executive Director, First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres

Closing remarks

Christiane Fox, Deputy Minister, Indigenous Services and Deputy Minister Champion, Federal Youth NetworkNew


  • Daniel Quan-Watson, Deputy Minister, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs
  • Dr. Chris Mushquash, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction, Bell Let's Talk Diversity and Community Fund advisor
  • Onika Dainty, 2019-2020 Face of Mental Illness (Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health), Peer Support Specialist, Canadian Mental Health Association (Durham)


Christiane Fox, Deputy Minister, Indigenous Services and Deputy Minister Champion, Federal Youth Network


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