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Indigenous Peoples and Digital Health: Understanding and Aligning the Complexity of Indigenous Health Community Needs


20 November 2017


Digital Health has been an accelerator for initiatives across Canada, but its impact on Indigenous Peoples in a broad manner remains unrealized. This session will focus on simplifying the perceived complexity of Indigenous health and provide concrete recommendations for digital health innovators, providers and regulators to align efforts with a focus on community-based priorities.

Dr. Alika Lafontaine Medical Lead (North Zone), Aboriginal Health Program, Alberta Health Services

Dr. Lafontaine is an award-winning physician, speaker, alignment consultant, and the first Indigenous physician listed by the Medical Post as one of Canada’s 50 Most Powerful Doctors. In 2016, he won the “Great Healthcare Debate” in behalf of the Indigenous Health Alliance, a collaboration led by three Indigenous Territorial organizations – the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak and Nishnawbe Aski Nation. As a team leader within the Alliance, he works with national medical organizations and health decision-makers to align with Indigenous communities to achieve practical implement of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action on Health. Alika currently sits on the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the board of HealthCareCAN and is immediate past-president of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada.

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