Our mission is to collaborate with Indigenous communities, faculty and staff to advance Indigenous health through the support of innovative opportunities for Indigenous students, researchers and communities within Alberta and throughout the world.

Events presented and hosted by Indigenous Health Program can be found below.

The Unforgotten film - event banner

Featuring stories rich in visuals, poetry and music, The Unforgotten uncovers instances of systemic racism, the impacts of colonialism and the ongoing trauma experienced by Indigenous peoples in the Canadian health-care system.

The film is a unique collaboration between acclaimed Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, poets, musicians, and filmmakers from across Canada.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with a panel of Indigenous experts and community leaders.

Wednesday, January 26, 8:30 - 10 a.m.

Register to attend

Guest Panelists

Marie Wilson - TRC Commissioner (Moderator)

Marie Wilson served as one of three Commissioners of the historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC 2009-2015), leading to an unprecedented oral and written record of the facts and impacts of more than a century of forced residential schooling for Indigenous children in Canada.  A prominent public speaker throughout Canada and internationally, she brings acknowledged expertise on the successes and challenges of advancing reconciliation. Fluently bilingual in French and English, Ms. Wilson has lengthy accomplishments in related professions, as an award-winning journalist and program trainer, federal and territorial executive manager, high school teacher in Africa, university lecturer, and consultant. Ms. Wilson has received honorary degrees from several Canadian universities, the Order of the Northwest Territories, the Order of Canada, and the Meritorious Service Cross. She and her husband, Stephen Kakfwi, have three children and four grandchildren.

Alika Lafontaine - President-elect, Canadian Medical Association

Dr. Alika Lafontaine is an award-winning Indigenous physician of Cree, Anishinaabe, Metis and Pacific Islander descent. He is past-President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada, the first Indigenous physician listed on the Medical Post 50 Most Powerful Canadian Doctors, and in 2021 was listed #15 on the Medical Post top 30 most influential Canadian physicians. Active in leadership and advocacy across medicine, Dr. Lafontaine is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert on Indigenous health systems and health policy, institutional bias, racism and reflective practice. In 2021 he was elected nominee for Canadian Medical Association President-elect, making him
the first Indigenous nominee in the CMA's history.

Grant Bruno - Indigenous advocate

Grant is a registered member of Samson Cree Nation, one of the reserves that make up Maskwacis, Alberta, formally known as Hobbema. He is a PhD candidate in Medical Sciences - Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. His PhD research will explore redefining autism from a Cree lens, gathering stories with families and individuals who have experiences with neurodiversity using a strength-based approach, as well as gathering data on the perspectives of autism in Maskwacis. Grant Bruno is a father to four amazing children, two of which are on the autism spectrum. Grant Bruno is also a first-generation residential school survivor, his mother, and both paternal and maternal grandmothers attended the Hobbema Indian Residential School.

Hazel McKennitt - Elder and Indigenous women's health educator

Kokum Hazel McKennitt is part of the Indigenous Health Initiatives Program at the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. Originally from Sandy Bay First Nation, Treaty No. 1 Territory, she is a fluent Anishinaabe speaker and is a 10-year residential school survivor. As a former teacher, Hazel has worked with both Edmonton Public Schools and the Catholic School Board in developing Indigenous programming and has extensive community engagement experience. Kokum Hazel is also an Indigenous women's health advocate and health system navigator, and volunteers in support of urban Indigenous women and initiatives as part of the MMIWG2S.

Presented by Ewan Affleck - Executive Producer, The Unforgotten

A graduate of the McGill School of Medicine, and Dalhousie University where he studied history, Dr. Ewan Affleck worked and lived in northern Canada for 30 years. Among other activities he is currently serving as the Senior Medical Advisor - Health Informatics, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta, is a member of the Expert Advisory Group for the pan-Canadian Health Data Strategy, and Chair of the Alberta Virtual Care Working Group. He is the past Chief Medical Information Officer of the Northwest Territories. He is the Executive Producer and principal writer of The Unforgotten. In 2013, he was appointed to the Order of Canada for his contribution to northern health care.

Warning: The stories featured in The Unforgotten may trigger strong negative thoughts or feelings. Support resources and services will be shared with attendees.