AGM Closing Keynote - First Nations Peoples in Canada: Challenges and Opportunities

May 7, 2016, 11:15am - 1:15pm
Hilton Toronto
145 Richmond St. West
About this Event:

RNAO’s Annual General Meeting closing keynote presentation focuses on the challenges and opportunities of the health and well-being of First Nations Peoples in Ontario.

It features a screening of the documentary, In This Heaven/Rings of Fire, which focuses on the challenges of opioid addiction and treatment in Ontario’s remote First Nations communities. It explores the tireless efforts of Mae Katt, a First Nations nurse practitioner, and a mobile drug addiction treatment program she runs in the under-served Matawa First Nations communities of northern Ontario. The documentary reveals the dual struggle of Matawa communities to reclaim their health and determine the shape of their future on their land.

Following the documentary, which was produced and directed by Candida Paltiel (who will be in attendance), a high profile panel will discuss the broader context of the health, social conditions and economic circumstances of First Nations Peoples, including proposed solutions to advance their well-being


  • Marty Beardy - Bearskin Lake resident
  • Chief Isadore Day – Ontario Regional Chief
  • Doris Grinspun – RNAO CEO
  • Mae Katt – Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Chief Wayne Moonias - Neskantaga First Nation


  • Duncan McCue – Reporter for CBC News in Vancouver, and Correspondent for CBC’s The National

The event will be live-streamed (the panel discussion only, not the film). Bookmark the live-stream website now.

Cost for Members: 
$0.00 CAD
Cost for non-Members: 
$0.00 CAD