2017 CAPHC Annual Conference  Early Bird Registration is Now Open!

2017 CAPHC Annual Conference
Early Bird Registration is Now Open!

The CAPHC Annual Conference registration site is now open. Please be sure to register before September 8, 2017 to take advantage of the Early Bird rate!

Our Preliminary Program will be posted to the Conference website shortly and as additional information becomes available, it will be added.

At this time, our four fabulous Keynote Speakers have been confirmed and include:

The Right Honourable Paul Martin
The Martin Family Early Years Initiative

The Martin Family Early Years Initiative has a clear and essential mission: working with Indigenous leaders, governments, and private sector partners, to support K-12 education for Indigenous children, and the wider determinants that influence their educational outcomes, including health and wellbeing. In this highly interactive opening keynote presentation, the Right Honourable Paul Martin will share with conference delegates some of the progress his initiative has made to provide a continuum of services, and culturally appropriate early childhood programming for Indigenous children and families prior to kindergarten. Following this overview, Mr. Martin will be looking to engage in an open and honest dialogue to learn from the collective experience of our delegation.

Dr. Nicolas Steinmetz
Toxic Stress in Early Childhood - A Silent Epidemic

Toxic stress in early childhood is the most common cause of brain damage in children and of unfavourable epigenetic changes to the expression of the genome. It is an un-named silent epidemic with life-long consequences for the individual and for society. Since this epidemic originates in the physical and social environment of the home and the community in which the child experiences early childhood, treatment and prevention are also found here.
Dr. Steinmetz will address the issue of toxic stress using a child-rights based approach to the determinants of health. 

Alexandre Bilodeau and Family
Achieving Excellence in the Face of Adversity

The CAPHC community is familiar with Olympian, Alexandre Bilodeau and his journey to win the first Canadian gold medal at an Olympics held on Canadian soil. We are also familiar with the inspirational story of his brother Frédéric, supporting Alex through his Olympic journey as it played out on TV, with Frédéric and the rest of the family cheering from the sidelines.
his motivational keynote session, hosted by television and TSN radio broadcaster, Ian Mendes, who has his own personal story of having a daughter who has required extensive paediatric care, will take us on a journey with the Bilodeau family. We will hear their stories of a young family, trying to balance the needs of a child with cerebral palsy, with the needs of two other children, including one on a path that would eventually lead to Olympic greatness. A story, not without its own challenges, that positions Frédéric’s disability as an inspiration for Alex, as opposed to a barrier.
The Bilodeau family has been part of the CAPHC community since 2010, and it's our pleasure to welcome them to our conference stage to share their story.

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Cindy Blackstock
Reconciling History – Jordan’s Principle

Description: In 1907 Dr. Peter Henderson Bryce raised the alarm about the needless deaths of children in residential schools. As he said “medical science” knows just what to do to save the children’s lives and a key part of that reform was ensuring equitable health care to First Nations children. One hundred and nine years later, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal found the federal government’s inequitable provision of First Nations child welfare and failure to ensure equitable access to other public services via Jordan’s Principle amounts to racial discrimination against 165,000 First Nations children. History matters and reconciliation requires that we learn from it this presentation unpacks contemporary inequities to demonstrate their historical roots and the many solutions that are available to fix them!

CAPHC gratefully recognizes the 2017 CAPHC Annual Conference Sponsors.  The support provided by these organizations helps contribute to the success of our annual event.