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
Elder Noel Milliea
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 1, 2024 to get the discounted rate. Limited discounted rooms available.
Day 1 – Tuesday, March 19
Welcoming & Opening Remarks
Stephanie Francis | Opening Keynote
Stephanie Papik | Cultural Safety in Emergency Management
Elder Noel Milliea | Trauma Informed Leadership
Shawna Bruce | Communicating During the Chaos: Building Community Resilience Through Preparedness
KellyAnn Meloche | Indigenous Response & Prepardness – Canadian Red Cross
Evening Social | Abegweit First Nation – Scotchfort, PE
** Transportation will be provided.
Day 2 – Wednesday, March 20
Stephanie Francis | Closing Keynote
Cultural Workshop | Medicine Wheel Making and Teachings
register today! TOGETHER,
WE CAN BUILD A resilient
AND EMPOWERED TOMORROW.
There are limited spots available. Register today to reserve your spot.
This special gathering is made possible by the support of our dedicated partners.
Wela'lioq | Thank you
Stephanie: Empowering Lives with Passion and Purpose
Stephanie is a dedicated cheerleader, mentor, and catalyst for positive change. With a deep passion for empowering individuals to unlock their true potential, Stephanie has become a trusted guide on the transformative journey of personal growth and self-discovery.
Drawing from her own life experiences and a natural gift for connecting with others, Stephanie has honed her skills in helping individuals overcome obstacles, embrace their strengths, and create meaningful change in their lives. Her genuine empathy and compassionate approach create a safe and supportive space for personal exploration and growth.
Stephanie’s approach is rooted in the belief that everyone possesses unique talents and inner wisdom. She believes that by tapping into these inner resources, individuals can overcome challenges, achieve their goals, and live a life of purpose and fulfillment. With her guidance, clients gain the tools, clarity, and confidence needed to navigate life’s complexities and make empowered decisions.
With a holistic approach, Stephanie recognizes the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit. She encourages her clients to cultivate balance in all areas of their lives, fostering not only personal success but also overall well-being. Through a combination of deep listening, thought-provoking questions, and practical strategies, Stephanie supports individuals in transforming their lives from the inside out.
Stephanie’s dedication to her clients extends beyond formal sessions. She is committed to creating a supportive community where individuals can connect, share their journeys, and find inspiration. Through workshops, seminars, and retreats, Stephanie fosters an environment of growth, learning, and mutual support.
If you’re ready to embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery, growth, and empowerment, Stephanie is here to guide you. Embrace your true potential, align with your passions, and create a life that truly reflects who you are.
*****Participant Considerations*****Trigger Warning*****
This is a special foreword for all participants. Please be mindful that the speaker will be dharing and discussing historical and current day traumas that have been experienced by all Mi’kmaq peoples. Although many people are aware of the topics that will be mentioned, it is important to know that our minds and bodies will still react/respond to the mention of these topics.
Please consider the following to better prepare yourself:
– Water: drink lots! Bring a reusable water bottle or a copper cup.
– Bathroom breaks: please take them, and know that there will be a Support Person who may follow you to the door to ensure your safety. No worries, they won’t follow you into the washroom. Your community/school Elder may also be accessible.
– Journal/Note Pad: please have your pen and paper ready for notes, or to just doodle. (doodling and note taking is encouraged)
– Tears: Yes, there will be tears. This too is supported. Please save your tissues to be burned at the end of the gathering. And if you feel like you need to cry, the “ugly cry” is encouraged…. And we will talk about why its encouraged 😊
– Bundle/Sacred Items: Please bring anything that brings you comfort. These things can be a “worry stone”, a crystal, sacred medicines, a picture of a loved one, a stuffed toy. Something that you can hold/touch.
– Sleep/down time: Please be considerate of your body. After receiving information on trauma and loss, your body will be going through some normal reactions/responses. It is your responsibility to be mindful of your needs. Keep in mind: water, a hot meal and lots of rest is what you will need.
Of Inuit and European ancestry, Stephanie is a Director at the Moose Hide Campaign, a campaign that calls upon Canadians to take a stand against violence towards women and children and take practical steps for reconciliation. Stephanie has worked in the BC Public Service for the last 17 years; including six years as the Program Lead of the Indigenous Youth Internship Program, winning the Public Sector BC Workplace Inclusion Award during her leadership.
In 2017, Stephanie was appointed to the Office of the Premier, where she shaped the Collaborative Stewardship Framework enabling Indigenous knowledge to enhance natural resource decision-making. In 2018, she took on the role of Director for Cultural Safety at Emergency Management BC supporting First Nations response through record-breaking seasons of fires and floods.
Elder noel milliea
“Along with living a spiritual way of life, Noel is a well respected Elder in his community, and is a pipe carrier/sweat lodge conductor for the people of his community. He has lived an alcohol and drug free life for the past 30 years.”
Noel Milliea is a Miq-Maq Native from the Elsipogtog First Nation Reserve in New Brunswick Canada and had been working with the Parole Board of Canada for 25 years in the area of addressing Aboriginal Initiatives. Some of his accomplishments include the following:
– Staff Cultural Sensitivity Training; facilitator
– Development of a model for Aboriginal Assisted Parole Hearings, Culturally specific to the Atlantic Region;
– Key Note Speaker in many National and International conferences, in the topics of Justice, Cultural Competency, Community Engagement, Self-Empowerment and Healing
– Noel has assisted many government departments, as well as, both Anglophone and Francophone schools and post-secondary institutions in addressing the Truth and Reconciliation calls to action through active inclusion processes.
– Noel has also developed and facilitated numerous group sessions to both main stream society and First Nations. This includes a healing model of the medicine wheel which is founded on the principles of Native Spirituality, an intensive 12 week course of self-discovery and self-empowerment to overcome adversity through a holistic approach to wellness.
– Noel has taught at the University of Prince Edward Island for 17 years a full semester course called “Indigenous Education”
The opportunity to be involved in Positive change has been very rewarding and to be part of this change encourages me to continue the work that I do for the betterment of all First Nations Communities.
(All My Relations)
Shawna brings a wealth of experience to her work in risk and crisis communications, emergency preparedness, and media training. Her career began in the Canadian Armed Forces, where she served as an Army Public Affairs Officer for over 25 years. During her time in the military, she supported strategic planning, managed community outreach, and conducted media relations and crisis response for domestic and international events. Shawna also worked closely with Indigenous communities supporting the Bold Eagle and Canadian Ranger Programs.
After retiring from the military, Shawna joined Dow Canada as their National Public Affairs Leader. In this role, she supported corporate communications and the president and leadership team at Dow Canada. She also served as Dow’s Public Information Officer, delivering emergency management communication to Dow’s site manufacturing communities across Canada.
Shawna is committed to advancing the disaster and crisis communications field. She has been key in developing and instructing the Disaster and Crisis Communications course for the Disaster and Emergency Management diploma program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton, Alberta and has written two micro-credential courses in Crisis Communications, one for NAIT and for Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) where she continues to instruct. As the subject matter instructor for the ICS Canada All Hazards.
Communicating During the Chaos: Building Community Resilience Through Preparedness
In times of crisis, the ability to communicate effectively becomes a cornerstone of community safety and well-being. Preparedness in crisis communications is not just about having a plan; it’s about creating a lifeline that connects and protects individuals when uncertainty looms so that they feel safe and informed. Investing in preparedness lays the groundwork for a safe and informed community, empowered to navigate the challenges of emergencies confidently. An effective plan will guide your communications throughout the chaos, whether a health, weather or community emergency.
Preparedness begins with developing a comprehensive crisis communication plan that outlines clear protocols, how to reach your audiences through the appropriate channels of communication and key messages tailored to the threats and hazards of the community.
The plan is a road map to guide the swift and coherent dissemination of information during a crisis. This clarity and consistency in communication helps mitigate panic, reduce misinformation, and provide a sense of direction amid the chaos.
Shawna’s presentation will share wise practices for writing a crisis communications plan and demonstrate how, by intentionally incorporating trauma-informed communications in our planning, we can ensure that our messages are informative and grounding, respecting all community members’ unique experiences and needs.
Kellyann Meloche is a Mohawk from the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory located just south of Montreal. She began her career in Emergency Management with the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake in 1993. The same year she also began her volunteer service with the Canadian Red Cross in the Emergency Services division. After joining the Kahnawake Fire Brigade and Ambulance Service, she also became a FireFighter and Emergency Medical Technician, Hazardous Materials Technician, Confined Space Technician, and High Angle Rescue team member. After serving 18 years with the fire service she decided to start a Search and Rescue Team which now has 16 members. Kellyann spent a year working for Amerind Risks in Albuquerque, NM providing risk and emergency management services to Tribes throughout 11 central and western states in the US. Now in Kahnawake, she continues to work for her community, with the Cree Nation and strives to assist any brother or sister community requesting help. In April of 2018, she received the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada.