Call for Interactive Workshop Proposals First Nations Health Managers Association 10th Anniversary National Conference November 1-3, 2022 – Victoria, BC

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CALL FOR INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP PROPOSALS First Nations Health Managers Association 10th Anniversary National Conference November 1-3, 2022 – Victoria, BC

The FNHMA community will gather again in person for the first time since November 2019 for our 10th anniversary national conference! Help us to develop a dynamic, interactive, and relevant program that will leave participants with tools and knowledge that will support them in their daily work and personal life. The pandemic has affected all of us and we have seen beautiful stories and great successes come out from very difficult situations! If you have a story, tools and knowledge to share with others working in health management in First Nations, and/or strategies to contribute to health service delivery at the community level and/or a case study to share — with an emphasis on self care, self wellness and/or rise against racism — please submit your proposal by Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 4pm EDT.

Be part of THE health education event of the year!

About the Conference
The First Nations Health Managers Association’s (FNHMA) national annual conference is an opportunity to celebrate and share our inherent knowledge in health leadership and management. The Conference addresses emerging trends, topics, tools, successes, and leading practices relevant to the FNHMA core competencies areas including Leadership and Governance, Professionalism, Advocacy, Partnerships and Relationships, Human Resources Management, Financial Management and Accountability, Health Services Delivery, Quality Improvement and Assurance, Planning, Communication and Culture. The conference also provides information on becoming a Certified First Nations Health Manager (CFNHM).

Conference attendees are First Nations Health Managers and health staff, First Nation health governance officials and representatives from all levels of government, and the private sector.

A First Nations Health Manager is someone who works in or with a First Nation community or Tribal Council and has the responsibility for the management of health human resources, financial resources, and health programs. They might also provide leadership and direction around resource planning, change management, and health and social program delivery; and they may also be a manager of a community health facility, addictions treatment centre or health centre and health programs. Titles used to designate a First Nations Health Manager include Chief Executive Officer, Health Director, Health Manager, Health Coordinator, Health and Social

Services Director and Executive Director. There are more than 5,000 managers who work in First Nations health services in Canada.

Submitting an interactive workshop proposal
The conference concurrent workshops are 90 minutes in length and are designed to facilitate more in-depth learning and to allow for interaction and Qs & As from participants. If you are interested in delivering one of the 16 concurrent workshops which will be offered at the FNHMA 2022, 10th Anniversary National Conference in Victoria, please refer to the following guidelines for submitting an abstract.

Please provide the following information in a Word format document:

  • Provide a workshop title and a description for your proposed workshop which is aligned with the themes of wellness, self care and/or rise against racism (the workshop description should not exceed 250 words);
  • Demonstrate how you will provide participants with take-away lessons and tools;
  • Describe how your workshop will be engaging and interactive (see engage below); and
  • Indicate which FNHMA core competency(ies) your workshop would fit in (see list below).
  • We understand that the speakers for your workshop might not be confirmed but please also provide the name, job title, First Nation community or organization name, telephone number and email address of the proposed speaker(s).

Important note: The maximum number of speakers for each workshop is three (3) and FNHMA strongly encourages you to include First Nation representatives as one of your speakers to bring a community perspective about your topic/workshop.

Delivering engaging and interactive workshops:

  • Engaged audience through round-tables discussions and feedback
  • Interactive workshops like a World Cafe
  • Panels that include a presenter with lived experience

Where applicable, presentations should address:

  • Issues that affect a particular aspect of health management;
  • Case studies especially lessons learned AND not learned; and
  • Innovative solutions both proven and potential, to the issues faced in any area of Health

Presentations should relate to one or more of the FNHMA Core Competencies

Leadership and Governance:
Demonstration of competence in leadership and governance that build capacity to improve performance and enhance the quality of the working environment. Enable organizations and communities to create, communicate and apply shared visions, missions and values.

Focuses on competencies that demonstrate those who live and embrace the Seven Teachings of trust, respect, honour, honesty, humility, courage and truth with competence and integrity. Demonstration of the creation of knowledge and awareness of self and others to perpetuate the Seven Teachings in the workplace. Shows abilities to stay current on and incorporate new health services and management information to ensure quality services are provided to the community. Ensures community health programs/services are founded on a code of ethics.

Advocacy, Partnerships and Relationships:
Demonstration of competencies that advocate, foster and nurture partnerships and strengthens and sustains relationships to improve the health of our communities.

Human Resources Management:
Demonstration of competencies that effectively recruit and retain qualified staff that help to meet the needs of the community.

Financial Management and Accountability:
Demonstration of competencies in financial management and ensure accountability to the community, Chief and Council and/or Health Committee/Board and funders.

Health Services Delivery:
Demonstration of competencies in understanding the components of health services, responding to community health concerns and planning for emerging health needs.

Quality Improvement and Assurance:
Demonstration of competencies to integrate ongoing quality improvement and assurance as a foundation.

Demonstration of competencies in planning, implementing and evaluating policies and programs based on evidence and relevance to community health needs and plans. This includes ongoing operational and strategic planning.

Demonstration of competencies to effectively exchange ideas, opinions and information to different audiences.

Demonstration of competencies that recognizes the value of knowing traditional and cultural teachings which includes honouring ancestral knowledge and incorporating inherent ways of knowing to improve health.

Workshop selection criteria
The program committee members will review all proposals and selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Topic and relevance to FNHMA Core Competencies;
  • How your workshop will be engaging and interactive and how it will align with the theme;
  • Focus on future trends and lessons learned (what worked AND what didn’t) and recommended solutions to common issues;
  • Concise statement of the benefits of your presentation to attendees (e.g. how will this assist in their work);
  • Speaker’s expertise and knowledge;
  • Research findings are welcome, provided the session is aimed at First Nation Health Managers and practitioners and balanced with sufficient practical information (i.e. ‘here’s how this can be applied to …’); and
  • Absence of commercial sales content for services or products.

Deadline for submissions
The deadline to submit your proposal has been extended to Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 4pm EDT. Please send your submission by email to our conference secretariat at

Speakers will be provided with a complimentary registration to the full conference, including admission to all sessions, the exhibit area, receptions, and meals (2 lunches and 1 dinner).

IMPORTANT: Speakers are responsible for their travel and accommodation costs and all other expenses related to their participation at the conference.

Contact us
If you have any questions, please contact the FNHMA Conference Secretariat at tel. 819.827.5931 or toll free at 1.866.775.1817.

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