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Pivot Group: The Road Ahead for Aboriginal Health and Education

Tackling the health and education inequities that are impacting Canada’s indigenous communities are among the most urgent issues we face as a nation.  On October 13th, we brought together two leading experts on these subjects: The Right Honourable Paul Martin, former Prime Minister of Canada and founder of the Martin Aboriginal Education Institute, and Dr. Alika Lafontaine, a physician of Cree and Anishnaabe heritage, and head of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada.

In a wide-ranging panel discussion sponsored by RBC and moderated by award-winning journalist Rachel Giese, Martin and Lafontaine shared their stories and perspectives on First Nations-led approaches for the future.

Jennifer Keenan, Chair of Dignitas’ Board of Directors said she was “particularly struck by Dr. Lafontaine’s comment that teams are not groups of people working together, they are groups of people who trust each other. That has truly been Dignitas’ philosophy in our work with the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNA) on our Aboriginal Health Partners Program.”

The Road Ahead was a Pivot Group event, one in a series of exclusive events for our Pivot Group members.

To find out more about the Pivot Group, contact Julie Brown at, +1 416 260 3100 ext. 215




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