2016 Roundtable

Steven Samis and Carol Hopkins shaking hands

On May 11-14, 2016 the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) held its third Northern and Remote Roundtable in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The roundtable followed a unique one-day Indigenous Cultural Competence Course delivered by CFHI, and concluded with a site visit to the All Nations Healing Hospital in Fort Qu’Appelle on Treaty 4.

Approximately 50 participants attended the roundtable, representing 25 organizations and 10 provinces and territories across Canada’s northern and remote regions. The goal of the event was to further the Canadian Northern and Remote Health Network’s sharing of wise practices that support healthcare delivery improvements in northern and remote Canada.

The four objectives of the roundtable were to:

  • Celebrate network partner successes over the past year, and provide opportunities to share wise practices in leadership and change management;
  • Discuss and build consensus on joint action to advance cultural competency, safety and humility on organizational and system levels;
  • Discuss and share approaches and learning from Indigenous experts in mental health and addictions, with a special focus on joint action on suicide prevention; and
  • Build consensus on joint action on suicide prevention.

Roundtable: Day 1

The roundtable began with presentations that encouraged participants to define cultural competence at individual and organizational levels. For an organization to be culturally competent, participants concluded that leadership is required to begin and maintain change, and that “everyone must play a role and shoulder part of the responsibility”. The importance of listening to Elders and patients (the experts), indigenizing healthcare access points, and institutionalizing the requirement for cultural competence were also discussed.  Keynote speaker Dr. Vianne Timmons, president and vice chancellor of the University of Regina and member of the Bras d'Or Mi'kmaq First Nation in Nova Scotia, challenged participants to take the first step.

Roundtable: Day 2

This day focused on Indigenous suicide prevention and wise practices across mental health systems.  Plenary presentations noted health disparities but emphasized strengths and actions to achieve equality. Participants spent a significant amount of time discussing two of six predetermined topics: approaches to case management in teams for mental health, successes and approaches in culturally based healing, approaches to prevent secondary trauma in employees, wise practices in evaluating client and community outcomes, wise practices in reducing suicide clusters, and integration in mental health.Participants were interested to learn from Carol Hopkins and Brenda Restoule, both nationally renowned experts in Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention. 

Thunderbird and CFHI partnership agreement

A highlight of the roundtable was signing the partnership agreement between CFHI and the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation.  CFHI was honoured to sign its first partnership agreement with an Indigenous organization, and to commit to support the Mental Wellness Continuum Framework.  Carol Hopkins, Executive Director from Thunderbird, and Stephen Samis, Vice President of Programs at CFHI, signed the agreement on behalf of the respective organizations.   

CFHI’s commitments

The roundtable concluded with commitments from CFHI to:

(1) develop a web resource on Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention, which will be made available on the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation’s website;

(2) develop and share stories on suicide prevention strengths; and

(3) coordinate an Indigenous suicide prevention conference in November 2016 in Vancouver BC.   

Participants described the roundtable as hopeful, action orientated, strength based, collaborative, supportive, and powerful.

Presentations from this roundtable:

2015 Roundtable: Partnering to Improve Health and Healthcare


Held May 25-26, 2015, in Winnipeg, MB, the Northern and Remote (NR) Collaboration hosted an invitational roundtable bringing together almost 80 representatives from 25 organizations in seven provinces and all three territories who are involved in the delivery of healthcare in Canada’s northern and remote regions to further develop and strengthen working relationships between the Collaboration’s 11 partners, by sharing common challenges and brainstorming innovations to support healthcare delivery improvements in northern and remote contexts.

This roundtable featured 10 speakers and plenary sessions focused on:

  • Sharing evidence-informed, locally-based and international innovations to improve mental health and addictions services;
  • Identifying organizational characteristics and approaches necessary to advance cultural competency, safety and humility to affect system-wide impact in this area; and
  • Creation of a deeper understanding of the value, purpose and approaches to community engagement in northern and remote contexts

The Results of this 2015 roundtable will inform the future programming for the Northern and Remote Collaboration.

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2014 Roundtable: Enhancing Improvement through Collaboration

Held May 29-30, 2014, in Banff, AB, the Northern, Rural or Remote (NRoR) Collaboration hosted an invitational roundtable bringing together some 50 senior healthcare leaders from across Canada to foster dialogue and create a common vision for cross-regional collaboration and improvement in healthcare delivery in the northern, rural or remote context.

This roundtable featured Joe Gallagher, CEO of First Nations Health Authority in British Columbia as a keynote speaker and a series of promising improvement projects undergoing in NRoR Collaboration Executive Committee members’ regions. Results of this roundtable will inform the development of the NRoR Collaboration.


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Presentations from this roundtable included:

Break-out sessions in small groups:

The Canadian Recruit and Retain Conference

Read the article Collaborating for Healthcare Improvement 

Held January15-17, 2014, Thunder Bay, ON Representatives from CFHI’s Northern, Rural or Remote Pan-Provincial Collaboration shared how the Collaboration is uniting regions across five provinces to address common healthcare challenges.



Roundtable: Partnering to Improve Health and Healthcare

Meeting Report (A living document subject to revision as environments change), May 2013 

Held November 19-20, 2012, Calgary, AB. This event brought together a core group of similar health service delivery organizations and their research colleagues in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador.