Northern, Rural and Remote Health (NRRH) Forum

October 6 – 9, 2017
Happy Valley – Goose Bay, Labrador

The Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health (CSCH) and the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada jointly organized the Northern, Rural and Remote Health (NRRH) Forum, with the following partners:

  • Innu Nation
  • Labrador-Grenfell Health
  • Mushuau Innu First Nation
  • Nuntsiavut Government
  • NunatuKavut Community Council
  • Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation
  • Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay
  • Labrador Institute
  • Memorial University, Faculty of Medicine

The NRRH Forum provided an opportunity for collaboration and engagement across a variety of sectors. It facilitated partnerships and knowledge exchange, fostered dialogue on best practices in research ethics and methods, explored local innovations in community-based programming, health service delivery and teaching, and encouraged a reimagining of Northern health systems.

Keynote Lecture

Natan Obed, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, presented a keynote lecture entitled, “Toward Health Equality for Inuit.”

President Obed’s lecture situated the systemic health disparities experienced across the North in the context of social justice, Inuit-Crown relationships, sovereignty, and the unfinished process of Nation-building.

Papers Presented

Prior to the NRRH Forum, the organizing partners issued a call for abstracts that sought to share knowledge and discuss innovative community-based programs, health service projects, models of care, approaches to teaching and learning, and research in progress. Submissions were encouraged from community organizations, clinicians, researchers, and students and trainees.

After the Forum, the International Journal of Circumpolar Health published a special issue on the event and an editorial of the conference.