In celebration of the 2020 International Year of the Midwife, please join this virtual symposium, Nurturing the Nursing Spirit, featuring a keynote address from Elaine Alec, author of Calling My Spirit Back.
Elaine is from the Syilx (Okanagan) Nation and Secwépemc (Shuswap) Nation and is a member of the Penticton Indian Band. She was raised by her grandmother who spoke only the nsyilxcen language. It is this foundation that shaped her world view and the importance of connection and relationships.
For the past 20 years, Elaine has worked for Provincial and Federal governments as both employee and contractor. She has worked as a political advisor to British Columbia leadership, Chief of Staff to the BC Assembly of First Nations Regional Chiefs’ and is the Union of BC Indian Chief’s Women’s Representative. She is an advocate for women and girls, facilitator and mediator for highly sensitive issues and has spent over 20 years in over 100 communities across Canada creating space for individuals to come together and plan from a place of self-determination.
Elaine is an entrepreneur of 23 years and partner of Indigenous owned and operated planning company called Alderhill Planning Inc., along with Chris Derickson and Jessie Hemphill who are all leading experts in Indigenous community planning.
Tina Lanceleve, Research Coordinator
CIHR Indigenous Health Program