Day One: Tuesday, April 23, 2024

12:45 EDT

45 min


14:30 EDT

60 min
Casey Neathway Caitlin Buxton-Carr

Climate and Emergencies: Beyond Environmental Impacts

Casey Neathway, Director, Regional Health Emergency Management and Environmental Public Health Services, First Nations Health Authority (Vernon, British Columbia)

Caitlin Buxton-Carr, Manager of Health Emergency Management, First Nations Health Authority (Nanaimo, British Columbia)

  • The presentation will explore how a changing climate is impacting environmental emergencies, infectious diseases, and the public health impacts of these.
  • Using case studies, the role of climate change in the frequency, intensity, and nature of emergencies will be examined.
  • Considerations for public health, including the importance of a resilient healthcare system, will be demonstrated, including the need for a foundational Indigenous-led approach to wellness.

15:30 EDT

60 min
Shalyn Pigeon

First Nations Health Authority – Supporting Interior Region Communities through the 2023 Wildfires

Shalyn Pigeon, Regional Manager, Health Emergency Management, First Nations Health Authority (Kamloops, British Columbia)

  • Overview of the FNHA Health Emergency Management response structure
  • Overview of community impacts throughout the Summer 2023
  • FNHA supports at emergency support service reception centers
  • Other FNHA community supports
  • Continued advocacy work and next steps

16:30 EDT

Closing Remarks from the Chair

Day Two: Wednesday, April 24, 2024

10:30 EDT

60 min
Terry Skipper
Case Study

Bringing the Manitoba Health System Together to Support First Nations Wildfire Evacuations

Terry Skipper, Provincial Manager of Emergency Response and Recovery, Shared Health-Soins Communs (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

  • The complexities of First Nation evacuations in Manitoba
  • Challenges with timely access to evacuee health information
  • Leveraging the Incident Command System to support a coordinated response
  • Ensuring the continuity of health services post-evacuation
  • Lessons learned from First Nations evacuations

12:30 EDT

45 min


15:15 EDT

Closing Remarks from the Chair