Aboriginal Aging Symposium

September 17, 2008 - September 20, 2008

Very little is known about aging issues and the service needs of older Aboriginal people. Reviewing what is currently known about the aging experience of Aboriginal peoples and identifying research and policy gaps for future study and development were the focus points of a three-day symposium in Saskatoon in 2008 organized by SPHERU researcher Sylvia Abonyi and colleagues Dr. Mark Rosenberg (Queen’s University), and Dr. Kathi Wilson (University of Toronto).

Aboriginal Aging Symposium
Aboriginal Aging Symposium

The symposium used a determinants of health lens to look at the social, economic, and cultural aspects of healthy aging, in addition to health care service needs for those who become ill. Distribution to symposium delegates of a discussion paper “Aboriginal Peoples in Canada: Aging, Health, and Health Care” outlined the findings of a CIHR-funded project held by Rosenberg, Wilson, and Abonyi. The paper provided a platform for speakers and participants to add their experiences in the areas of program, policy, and research relating to the current and projected health and social service needs of older Aboriginal peoples.

Symposium speakers included two elders, academic researchers, and two scientific directors from the CIHR who shared their knowledge and learned from the experiences of 47 delegates. Elder Marie Favel (Ile a la Crosse, SK), Elder Albert Marshall (Mi’kmaq First Nation Nova Scotia), Dr. Malcolm King (University of Alberta, CIHR Institute for Aboriginal Peoples Health), and Dr. Anne Martin Matthews (UBC, CIHR Institute for Aging) were among those who gave presentations.

Next steps include a pilot project where stories from Elders and community members will be compiled to provide a contextual understanding of the aging experience within a selected community.

The sponsors were Canadian Institutes of Health Research; National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (University of British Columbia); Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (now Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada); Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (Research Connections); University of Saskatchewan (Conference Fund); and SEDAP Research Program (McMaster University).

For more information, contact Sylvia Abonyi (sylvia.abonyi@usask.ca), Mark Rosenberg (mark.rosenberg@queensu.ca), Kathi Wilson (kwilson@eratos.erin.utoronto.ca), or Diana Fedosoff (diana.fedosoff@usask.ca).

Audio and video podcasts, PowerPoint presentations and other material, including a background paper, are available online.

Opening remarks

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Session 1

1.1 Elder Marie Favel (Ile-a-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan) “Personal Perspective of the Northern Older Peoples”

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1.2 Mr. Bob Lovelace (Sir Sandford Fleming College) “Keeping Life Meaningful”

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1.3 Ms. Darlene Yellow Old Woman-Munro (Blood Tribe Department of Health, Alberta) “Challenges for Older People from an Aboriginal Perspective”

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Session One Questions and Comments

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Session 2

2.1 Dr. Kathi Wilson (University of Toronto at Mississauga) “Aging, Health and Health Care: ExaminingDifferences between Aboriginaland Non-Aboriginal Seniors in Canada"

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2.2 Dr. Mark Rosenberg (Queens University) “First Nations Seniors - The On-Reserve reality. Research for the Logitudinal Health Survey 2002-2003”

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2.3 Dr. Malcolm King (University of Alberta CIHR Institute for Aboriginal Peoples Health) and Ms. Darlene Yellow Old Woman-Munro (Blood Tribe Department of Health, Alberta) “Challenges and opportunities for intervention research in socioeconomic issues related to healthy aging -First Nations Research: the challenges”

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Session Two Questions and Comments

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Session 3

3.1 Dr. Diane Martz (University of Saskatchewan)  “Health Care Needs of Elderly Metis Women in Remote Locations”

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3.2 Dr. Carrie Bourassa (First Nations University of Canada) "Honouring our Kookums”

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3.3 Ms. Erin Wolski (Native Women's Association of Canada) “Culturally relevant gender based analysis”

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Session Three Questions and Comments

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Session 4

4.1 Ms. Allison Cammer (University of Saskatchewan)  “Cultural Incongruences and Healthcare for Aboriginal Older Adults”

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4.2 Dr. Debra Morgan (University of Saskatchewan) “Utilizing community partnerships with a Rural and Remote Memory Clinic to develop assessment instruments and protocols appropriate for Aboriginal seniors”

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4.3 Dr. Earle Waugh and Dr. Jean Triscott (University of Alberta) “Towards Culturally Responsive Care in Wabasca, Alberta in Dementia & End-of-Life Care: Consensus Group Process”

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Session 5

5.1 Dr. Martin Cooke (University of Waterloo)  “The Changing Well-being of Older Status First Nations”

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5.2 Dr. Ralph Matthews (University of British Columbia) “Relationships between Social Capital, Income, Health and Age for Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Persons: Findings from the Resilient Communities Project in British Columbia”

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5.3 Dr. Lori Curtis (University of Waterloo) “Socio-economic status of Older Aboriginal People: What story does the data tell?”

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Session 6

6.1 Elder Albert Marshall (Mi'kmaq First Nation Nova Scotia)  “Elders need to share to be healthy”

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6.2 Dr. Sarah deLeeuw (University of Northern British Columbia) “Facilitated group discussion”

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6.3 Dr. Anne Martin Matthews (University of British Columbia CIHR Institute for Aging) “Research to Action as Canada Ages: Setting Priorities, Recognizing Opportunities"

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Closing remarks

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