Health Emergency Management Gathering

Building Psychological Resilience in Emergency Management

March 19 & March 20 | Charlottetown, Epekwitk (PEI)








about the event

The Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI is thrilled to welcome you to Epekwitk, Mi’kma’ki for an inspiring two days of engaging guest speakers and workshops designed to help you feel more empowered, informed, and prepared when managing health emergencies.

With a focus on the psychological aspects of emergency management, this unique event will bring together trained professionals from across Turtle Island to discuss topics such as trauma-informed leadership, crisis communications, cultural safety in emergencies, and WAMPUM Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM).

what to expect

Dynamic & Engaging conversations


Be a part of dynamic conversations on building psychological resilience in emergency management. Understand the importance of mental well-being and strategies to support individuals and communities facing crisis.

Networking & Community Building


Create valuable connections with like-minded professionals who are dedicated to emergency response. Build a supportive network, exchange insights, and collaborate on solutions to strengthen your collective ability to respond to health crisis.

Cultural awareness & inclusion


Embrace a culturally safe learning environment focused on acknowledging, respecting, and incorporating Indigenous knowledge, perspectives, and approaches to emergency management.

who should attend?

  • Atlantic First Nations leaders or their representatives
  • Atlantic First Nations healthcare professionals and first responders  
  • Atlantic First Nations organizations and technicians working in health and wellness sectors 
  • Atlantic First Nations emergency management coordinators 
  • Regional entities involved in Atlantic First Nations mental wellness 
  • Regional entities involved in emergency management 

Meet Our Speakers

Stephanie Francis

Elder Noel Milliea

Stephanie Papik 

Kellyann Meloche

Shawna Bruce

Venue & Accomodations

This unique gathering will take place at the Prince Edward Island Convention Centre located in the heart of downtown Charlottetown overlooking the waterfront. The venue adjoins the Delta Hotels by Marriot Prince Edward, offering a convenient, cozy, and welcoming stay for participants. A special conference rate will be available for attendees once registration is completed.

Register Today and Receive Our Special Booking Rate!

We have partnered with the Delta Prince Edward by Marriot to offer a special rate for attendees starting at $169/night + taxes. The hotel is located just steps from the conference venue. Perfectly poised in the heart of downtown, breathe in the crisp and refreshing salty air, and then watch the sunset over the harbourfront. There’s no better way to unwind after an incredible day of learning, community-building, and networking!

To receive the special booking rate, you must complete the registration form. Book before March 11, 2024 to get the discounted rate. Limited discounted rooms available.

Event schedule

Day 1 – Tuesday, March 19

8:00 am

Registration Opens

9:00 am

Welcoming & Opening Remarks

9:30 am

Stephanie Francis | Opening Keynote

11:00 am

Stephanie Papik | Cultural Safety in Emergency Management

12:00 pm

Lunch Break

1:00 PM

Elder Noel Milliea | Trauma Informed Leadership

2:00 pm

Shawna Bruce | Communicating During the Chaos: Building Community Resilience Through Preparedness

3:00 PM

Kellyann Meloche | Sharing Circles for Emergency Workers

6:00 pm

Evening Social | Abegweit First Nation Presents: A Taste of Epekwitk ** Transportation will be provided.

Day 2 – Wednesday, March 20

9:00 am

Stephanie Francis | Closing Keynote

11:00 am

Cultural Workshop | Medicine Wheel Making and Teachings

12:30 pm

Closing Remarks 

abegweit first nation presents: A taste of epekwitk

Join us for an incredible evening at the new Abegweit Connects building in Scotchfort! Indulge in our signature cocktail and oyster bar, savour exquisite cuisine by the Noble Chef, and enjoy vibrant Mi’kmaq culture.

With a selection of local beverages and convenient transportation
to and from the Delta, get ready to unwind and connect with fellow attendees.

Conference attendees are encouraged to check their email for a link to RSVP!


registration is now closed! thank you for your interest. TOGETHER, 

WE CAN BUILD A resilient


Registration is now closed. Email us to join the waitlist.

This special gathering is made possible by the support of our dedicated partners.

Wela’lioq | Thank you