Media Advisory: National First Nations Health Managers Forum to be held at Jan 27th -29th 2009, Sheraton Wall Centre - Vancouver BC

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The First Nations Health Managers Forum
will bring together approximately one thousand First Nations Health Managers,
health professionals and First Nations leaders from across Canada to discuss
best practices and professional development in the health field. The Forum
will be held January 27-29 in Vancouver BC at the Sheraton Wall Centre.

    Highlights of the forum include:

    - January 27, 9:00 am - Keynote Speech -Mason Durie, Professor of Maori
      Research and Development and a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Massey
      University New Zealand. Mason Durie is a member of the Rangitane, Ngati
      Kauwhata and Ngati Raukawa tribes. He is best known for his concept of
      Whare Tapu Wha, his model of the Maori understanding of health.

    - January 28, 8:00 p.m. - National First Nations Health Manager's Award
      of Excellence - The winner of this year's First Nations Health
      Manager's Award of Excellence will be honoured at a special ceremony.
      Winners of this prestigious award are nominated by their peers for
      their contributions to improving First Nations Health and selected by
      the National First Nations Health Managers Advisory Committee.

    - January 29, 11 am to 12:15 pm - Plenary Panel - Experiences of Being
      and Indigenous Leader. Chief Kim Baird of the Tsawwassen First Nation,
      BC, Madeline Dion-Stout, Mental Health Commission of Canada, and
      Professor Mason Durie Massey University New Zealand will discuss the
      challenges of leadership in the health field, particularly balancing
      culture and gender issues in the pursuit of improving the health and
      lives of their people.

    Information about the conference is available at

For further information:

For further information: Karyn Pugliese, Health and Social
Communications, Cell (613) 292-1877,

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