March 15 – 17, 2017
Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites Hotel
You may choose to register for one of the two optional pre-conference workshops on March 15. Please see the registration form for fees.
**Program may change without notice.
Pre-conference Workshop #1: “Understanding the Fentanyl Crisis in Our Communities and Knowing What to Do About It”
Canada consumes more prescription opioids on a per-capita basis than any other nation, according to a recent United Nations report. The widespread use of prescription opioids is behind the rise of a new class of drug addicts, many of whom are turning to the black market to feed their habit. In British Columbia and Alberta, the two hardest-hit provinces, fatal overdoses linked to Fentanyl have been soaring over the past five years. Fentanyl is an opioid, a class of painkillers that also includes oxycodone and morphine. Prescription-grade Fentanyl is up to 100 times more toxic than morphine. Getting this drug is as easy as placing an order on line.
Attend this workshop to learn more about how this crisis is impacting our communities, and learn comprehensive intervention strategies that can help save lives.
Facilitator: Bill Zarchikoff, President, W. Zarchikoff & Associates, Langley, British Columbia
Location: Stevenson Ballroom B
Pre-Conference Workshop #2: “Consciousness: Mindfulness and the Medicine Wheel”
Mindfulness was important in our Aboriginal communities and was a rite of passage for young people emerging into adulthood. Today, people are hooked into modern technology: television, computers, and cell phones, and have fast forwarded into the space age. This fast pace has become normal and addictive for many. This workshop will introduce the concept of “slowing the mind down” and realizing the power of our consciousness. Traditional teachings and ceremonial practices supporting this mindfulness skills practice will be presented including spiritual laws and traditional teachings relating to violence in all forms, thus restoring the teaching of the elders for the younger generation.
Facilitator: Don Robison, Educator, Trainer + Traditional Healer, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba
Location: Stevenson Ballroom C