Creation of Wisdom Council – Call for Traditional Indigenous Knowledge Keepers and Indigenous Clinicians

The Northern Health Region (NHR) is proud to announce the formation of a Wisdom Council, a Council that will play a pivotal role in integrating Indigenous knowledge and traditional health practices into the current healthcare framework, thereby addressing the unique health needs of Indigenous Peoples.


The Wisdom Council’s objectives are as follows:

  1. Guide and inform the process to advance access to quality healthcare for Indigenous people in the NHR
  2. Guide the NHR in increasing access to Indigenous traditional health & wellness practices
  3. Identify systemic changes required to combat Indigenous-specific racism and improve cultural safety in the NHR
  4. Support implementation and monitoring of targeted objectives related to Truth and Reconciliation, MMIWG2S+, UNDRIP, and disrupt and dismantle racism initiatives
  5. Develop and deliver educational and training programs for NHR staff on Indigenous cultural safety and racism
  6. Serve, for the purpose of CPSP planning, as the Traditional Healing & Spiritual Health Integrated Clinical Co-Planning Team

If you, or someone you know, is a potential candidate for the Wisdom Council, please submit a nomination. Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged.

To nominate, please send the following information:

  • Full Name of Nominee
  • Contact Information
  • Brief Biography
  • Explanation of Traditional Knowledge (ex. land, ceremony, medicines) and/or
  • Clinical Expertise (ex. nurse, doctor, social worker, occupational therapist)

***If you are nominating someone, please seek and confirm their interest.


Nominations are open until June 27, 2024, and can be sent to Charlene Lafreniere at: and Eugene Ross,

Thank you for sharing this opportunity within your contacts. 

We are looking forward to collaborating closely with the Wisdom Council to build a healthcare environment that truly reflects and respects the values and traditions of the people and communities we serve.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the nomination process further, please do not hesitate to reach to me at the above email.

Thank you for your time, consideration, and your ongoing commitment to the health and well-being of our communities.