Presentation at the Northwestern Ontario NAISA Regional Conference 

May 2022

Mamow Ahyamowen prepared and submitted an abstract to present at the 2022 Northwestern Ontario Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NWO NAISA) Regional Gathering. The Anishinaabe Kendaasiwin Institute (AKI) at Lakehead University hosted the 2-day virtual gathering. The theme of the gathering was Telling Our Own Stories: Indigenous Self-Determination in Data and Research.

Maureen Gustafson (Knowledge Translation and Exchange Specialist for Mamow Ahyamowen) and Christina Vlahopoulos (Project Manager for Mamow Ahyamowen) presented some of the findings from the first analysis in a presentation titled: If you have seen one community, you have seen one community: A northern Ontario First Nations epidemiology Partnership addressing the unique needs of its communities.

This virtual gathering provided the perfect knowledge-sharing opportunity to highlight:

  • the important foundational work of the Partnership;
  • findings from the first analysis;
  • how communities are unique and that sometimes a one-size-fits-all approach to addressing communities’ needs may not work; and
  • how communities have self-determination in Mamow Ahyamowen’s research and knowledge-sharing activities.

Chi-miigwech (many thanks) to the organizers of the NWO NAISA Regional Gathering. Mamow Ahyamowen appreciates the opportunity to share information about the Partnership and how it fosters First Nation self-determination and data sovereignty.

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