Chair, Raymond Katt
Raymond Katt (BiZhiw) (Wild Cat/ Lynx). Mr. Katt (BiZhiw), whose Native name is BaaMaaTood Meehangan - Running Wolf, is part of the Rattle Snake (Gizhechigen) clan. A long time ago (Waayshiic) before colonization, the BiZhiw family subsisted off their traditional hunting grounds for thousands of years. The true nomadic origins of BiZhiw come from the Tribe of the Temagama Anishnabia, located in the Temagami area, which is approximately 60 miles north of North Bay.
Mr. Katt (BiZhiw) was initially exposed to the concept of experiential education as one of the first Indigenous students at COBWS, and he subsequently rose to the ranks of Lead Instructor there. He has 25 years` experience as a social worker and has continued his practice as a Mental Health and Addictions Counsellor for Anishnawbe Health Toronto. He is currently also an Indigenous Guide for the Black Creek Community Health Care Centre. Mr. Katt (BiZhiw) will oversee the operations of CHOL`s healing program and the facility overall.
Vice-Chair, Dr. Douglas J. Salmon
Dr. J. Douglas Salmon, Jr. holds a Master's Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and
a doctorate specializing in rehabilitation and neuropsychology and is of west African heritage. His interdisciplinary facility
RTW Integrated Health Management (RIHM) consults widely to public and private rehabilitation clinics, agencies and case management firms for the purposes of clinical consultation/treatment, program development and training. He is also the Managing Director of Synergy Integrated Assessments which provides state of the art third party and medical legal multi-disciplinary Catastrophic/Post 104 determinations. Dr. Salmon also oversees Rehabilitation Research Education and Evaluation Services (RREES), devoted to research, outcome/rehabilitation measurement and educational/treatment product development. He has published a variety of technical manuals, book chapters and professional articles and is an active researcher in an array of rehabilitation areas and regularly presents research and theoretical papers to local, national and international forums. Click here for research program and resources library.
Dr. Salmon provided consultations to the Minister of Finance's Catastrophic Designated Assessment Centre (CAT DAC) Committee and provided the initial clinical training for the CAT DAC Occupational Therapists across the province pertaining to GOS, brain injury and Mental/Behavioural best-practice protocols and has chaired/participated in a number of related Ministry committees. He was also an invited member of the Healthy Communities (Social Determinants of Health) Subcommittee of the Minister's Advisory Committee, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. He currently co-chairs the Interdisciplinary Insurer Examination and Rehabilitation Certification Development Committee.
Dr. Salmon developed the clinical in-home family wrap-around model (www.cfcaa.com/index2.html) that was reviewed by Healthy Communities (social determinants of health) Subcommittee and sited as a model in Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Strategy: Creating healthy communities, Minister's Advisory Committee, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, January 2010. In this regard, the model addresses the Ministry`s objectives in addressing the social determinants of health, particularly in the context of marginalized communities.
His RIHM facility has a social-enterprise aspect (www.rtwintegratedhealth.com/services-offered/public-service-program-initiatives) with focus on the Indigenous community providing the following programs and services: clinical/vocational in-home/family wrap-around model in association with Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, and the Native Learning Centre (East); neuropsychological assessment and consultation for the Aboriginal Legal Services(ALS)/Anishnawbe Health Toronto (AHT) pilot Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Gladue Pre-Sentencing interdisciplinary assessment service (supported by the Law Foundation of Ontario). Recently Ontario Attorney General’s office funded, RIHM also provides diagnostic assessment, training and complementary OT wrap-around services to the ALS intervention service for at-risk and criminally-involved individuals with confirmed/suspected FASD.
Dr. Salmon as the neuropsychologist lead, with ALS, York University, Ontario Psychological Association and University of Toronto Scarborough's Mental Health/Psychology partners have recently applied for a substantive Developmental Services Research Grant, with stated objective to further support the validation of an existing online cognitive screening protocol with the aim to improve resource allocation of expensive psychoeducational and neuropsychological assessments in these two sectors: Towards more timely/enhanced input into Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and, tailored programming for at-risk/justice system involved persons.
Dr. Salmon currently sits on the KGO Literacy Improvement Collaborative and the Scarborough Renewal Organization’s Economic Development Committee and is its liaison to the Scarborough Business Association.
With Dr. H. Williams from Exeter University, Dr. Salmon also co-leads a new international Neuro-Justice Consortium initiative which serves to address the overrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in the criminal justice system world-wide. Click here for further details: Neurodisability and Indigenous Criminal Justice Overrepresentation: Literature background; An FASD/Neurodisability "Eco-System" Approach; Towards an International Neuro-Justice Consortium.
Bonny Cann is a Metis woman who has served her community for the past twenty-three years. She started out as an elected Metis Women's Rep on the Toronto Metis Council then resigned and took a paid position as a Community Development Officer & held other positions for the next fifteen years with Metis Nation of Ontario (MNO).
In 2011, Ms. Cann left the MNO and began a new career in a federal corrections institution leading an innovative Indigenous cultural, spiritual and healing program for Indigenous men. Ms. Cann has once again, become politically involved and has held the position as the Chair for the Moon River Metis Council for the past few years.
Her passions are photography, quilting, her family and fighting for Indigenous causes, especially the impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) on incarcerated people. Ms. Cann has two college diplomas, Child & Youth Worker 1989, Social Service Worker 2008 and present working on BSW (3rd year).
A lifelong advocate for families in need of support, including assistance for special needs children navigating special education in the school system, Jennifer has over 30 years of experience with programs for children and youth in various capacities including the use of art, music and play therapies. As the Educational Program Coordinator at the Native Learning Centre East a TDSB high school, Jennifer works with at risk urban Indigenous youth, coordinating intake, educational support, cultural curriculum, supports, holistic interventions, counselling, behavioural management, and case management studies.
She also provides essential life and social skills programs and is adept at designing and implementing programs for clients with special needs from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds to create a culturally rich atmosphere inside, and outside the classroom.
Jennifer is responsible for working as a liaison between Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST), the TDSB, and various community partners and stakeholders.
Jennifer is an elected Committee Member of the Centennial College Child and Youth Care Program Advisory Committee Member, Committee Member and Parent Council Chair of the TDSB Aboriginal Community Advisory Committee (ACAC), volunteers at Native Child and Family Child Services of Toronto and at the House of Ghesig with after school, summer programs and East End pow wows, provided input at The Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kid’s Hospital Mother Risk Division) for a longitudinal study on families raising adopted children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), and is an Advising Advocate for families of Special Needs Children with FAS World Ontario.
Executive & Artistic Director of Red Sky, Sandra Laronde, O.M.C., B.A. (Hon), Hon. LL.D is originally from the Teme-Augama-Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water) in Temagami, northern Ontario. An accomplished arts innovator and cultural leader, Sandra has conceived, developed, produced, and disseminated award-winning productions that are Indigenous, multinational, multi and inter-disciplinary, and intergenerational in scope. Sandra creates exceptional new work and programming that raises the artistic ceiling of contemporary Indigenous artistry, and contributes to building vibrant Indigenous communities across Canada and worldwide.
Sandra's awards and nominations include: finalist for the 2017 Margo Bindhardt and Rita Davies Cultural Leadership Award; 2014 Vital Ideas (Toronto Community Foundation); 2013 Victor Martyn Staunch-Lynch Award for Outstanding Artist in Dance (Canada Council); bestowed with a 2011 Honorary Degree (Hons LL.D) from Trent University; 2011 Expressive Arts Award (Smithsonian Institute); Ontario Good Citizenship Medal; City of Toronto and Toronto Life's "Face the Arts" recipient celebrating Cultural Mavericks; Paul D. Fleck Fellowship in the Arts (Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity); Toronto City Council's Aboriginal Affairs Award, and participated in the Governor-General's Canadian Leadership program that celebrates leaders who make a significant impact on Canada. Her company Red Sky garnered five Dora Mavor Moore awards and nominations (2016, 2012, 2010, 2006, 2004) and two Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, among others.
In 2017, Sandra was also a Curator for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra celebrating Canada’s diverse musical landscape in a Canada 150 Signature Project. She curated and directed a singular concert featuring a new genre-defying creation that explored Indigenous, electro-acoustic, and orchestral music, dance and film involving 85 musicians at the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. In 2017, through Red Sky Performance, she created an exciting pilot program to educate, raise awareness and understanding of the legacy of Truth & Reconciliation and residential schools and strategies for reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children, teachers, leaders and families in the Scarborough Centre, reaching 1,805 children, 16 teachers and 23 leaders and partners benefited directly from this project.
Sandra was the Director of Indigenous Arts at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity from 2008 – 2017. During her nine-year tenure as director, she realized her vision to create exceptional cutting-edge programming informed by Indigenous cultures and worldviews, and excelled at bringing world-class faculty to the Centre. Substantial growth for Indigenous Arts at the Banff Centre was achieved under her leadership including place-based culture and an innovative new approach to programming involving hundreds of Indigenous artists worldwide. Through her expertise and extensive global reach, Sandra stimulated new partnerships, audiences, media, and sponsors which successfully positioned the Banff Centre as an internationally recognized destination for Indigenous arts.
An invited speaker, host and emcee at many summits, forums, panels, events, conferences, and galas, Sandra has been a host at the kick-off for the Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games, Banff’s Midsummer Gala Ball, Native Women’s Resource Centre’s Minaake Awards, Banff Talks, and REDTalks. Most recently, Sandra accepted a Public Member Appointment by the Toronto City Council to serve as a member of the Civic Theatres Toronto Board of Directors. In addition to the new Civic Theatres, she is also appointed to the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, the St. Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts, and the Toronto Centre for the Arts Boards of Directors for the purposes of merging theatre operations under the new Civic Theatres Toronto organization. She is also a Board Member of the Temagami Community Foundation that cooperatively and actively nurtures and cares for Temagami – the water, the land and its inhabitants – for today and the future.
She has served on the National Executive Committee for the Governor-General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, and was an Advisor to OCAD University, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Western Arts Alliance, and Canada Dance Festival, among others.
Sandra holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Toronto, and studied Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Granada in Spain. In 2011, the Senate of Trent University conferred an Honorary Degree of the Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) with all its rights, privileges and obligations.
Mike is an Anishinaabe artist, craftsman, storyteller, outdoor educator, and canoe builder. He builds birch bark and wood canvas canoes. He signs his work as W’ dae b’ wae, the Anishinaabe name given to him by the late Elder Art Solomon. The meaning of w' dae b' wae is “he or she is telling the truth, is right, is correct, is accurate.” Mike hopes his artwork speaks to that same truth. Through his art, he tries to share Anishinaabe culture, teachings and traditions. Mike’s family is from Curve Lake First Nation.
Mike is very proud of his Anishnaabe heritage. He was very fortunate to have Art Solomon, an Anishinaabe Elder, as one of his teachers. Art Solomon once said:
"Native people feel they have lost something and they want it back. It doesn’t necessarily mean that when I talk about going back over there, that we stay over there. You have to get those teachings and pick up those things that we left along the way. The drums, the language, the songs are all scattered around. We need to bring them into this time. You need these things to teach your children today in order to give them that direction and good feelings about who they are. They need to know where they are going. It doesn’t mean we have to go back to living in teepees. You can be a traditionalist and be comfortable wherever you are."
Mike has a strong background in both education and social services. His experience in environmental and outdoor education has included work for various conservation agencies, nature interpretative centres and school boards, including diverse programs, such as with troubled youth. In the social services, Mike has worked with adults and youth in dealing with addictions, housing, legal problems and mental health issues, working with others from various backgrounds. His work in the social services included work
with several Native organizations in Toronto.
Mike facilitated a canoe building program in Fort Severn on Hudson Bay, restoring wood canvas Freighter canoes with local First Nations youth. Though his work in Fort Severn was supposed to be restoring Freighter canoes, it involved much more, especially after the project was extended through the entire summer. Besides the work on canoes, this experience awoke Mike’s desire to contribute in a positive way, with all he had gained while doing social service work and as an educator, as well as through traditional teachings. Since Mike is of the Bear clan, one could say that the bear came out of hibernation.
So Mike returned to his artistic roots, since he learned much about his Anishinaabe culture and traditions through art, as well as being able to share such knowledge with others.
Mike teaches traditional skills to Indigenous youth, and works with Indigenous communities and organizations to help reconnect Indigenous peoples, especially youth, to the land through their culture and traditions, including the language. Mike is strongly committed to land-based programs.
Noah Napatchee is an Inuit Aboriginal Community Program and Development Officer with Correctional Services of Canada in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Working with parolees, Noah delivers specialized correctional programs to men tailored to individual needs addressing themes of trauma, addiction, guilt and shame, dealing with rejection in the community by victims/families, healthy relationships; FASD, basic life skills, balanced lifestyle, transitional challenges following institutionalization, grief and loss, overall wellness, goal setting, problem solving, and much more.
Noah connects Inuit inmates within correctional settings with Elders for specialized counselling, as well as coordinating ongoing Elder support for paroles in the community, and as a liaison with Corrections Service Canada institutions across the country.
Working in collaboration with fellow Indigenous Canadians to learn about other cultures and promote learning, healing and
deepening cultural identity and pride. He has also provided a therapeutic foster home through research and consultation of best practice guidelines for supporting children and youth in Nunavut who are in foster care. In his experience working with youth, elders and knowledgeable Inuit and First Nations peoples; and engaging in traditional activities, learning, and Inuit Qaujimajatuqanigit
(Inuit knowledge, culture, and history) through presentations and sharing circles on the land can benefit all people, and is a gift to