Saturday, January 7, 2017

Professional development: Pediatric Pain Management Symposium & Aboriginal Children's Hurt & Healing Initiative and Art for Healing Talk

Pediatric Pain Management Symposium
Register today!
Please help Pain BC spread the word and share this invitation with your network.
January 23, 2017
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM

All health care providers interested in enhancing their expertise in the field of pediatric pain assessment and management are invited to attend (e.g. physicians, nurses, psychologists, physiotherapists, social workers, and occupational therapists). Accreditation: 6.5 MOC Section 1 credits.

Community Talk Evening Session:
January 23, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
This event is open to the public. All are welcome! Join us for an evening community talk with Dr. Margot Latimer and John Sylliboy about the Aboriginal Children's Hurt & Healing Initiative.

The Chan Centre for Family Health Education Auditorium at BC Children's Hospital Research Institute, located at
BC Children's and Women's Hospital
938 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H

Please contact if you have any questions. We hope to see you at the symposium!
More about our keynote presenters:

Margot Latimer, RN, PhD
Dr. Margot Latimer is an Associate Professor in the Dalhousie University School of Nursing, and is cross-appointed in the Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University. She holds a scientific appointment at the IWK Health Centre and is faculty in the IWK Centre for Pediatric Pain Research. She works closely with community to mobilize Indigenous knowledge and co-leads the CIHR funded research “Aboriginal Children’s Hurt and Healing” Initiative with Eskasoni Health Director, Sharon Rudderham.

John R. Sylliboy, BA
John R. Sylliboy is a member of the Millbrook First Nation and is the Aboriginal Children’s Hurt & Healing Initiative (ACHH) National Research Coordinator. He has extensive experience as a health policy analyst for First Nation communities and is research lead on several projects that impact the health, wellbeing and educational pursuit of Aboriginal youth. John is completing his Masters in Education at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Firoz Miyanji, MD, FRCSC
Dr. Miyanji is a Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedics, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. He is a pediatric spinal surgeon who provides a combined spinal clinic and operative spinal care service at BC Children’s Hospital. Dr. Miyanji’s research is focused studying the clinical outcomes of patients with spinal conditions, such as scoliosis (curvature of the spine), in order to improve treatment and quality of life.

Community Talk: 

Aboriginal Children's Hurt & Healing Initiative and Art for Healing

Aboriginal Children are the fastest growing cohort of children in Canada, yet their chances of achieving their optimal developmental outcomes are compromised by the lingering effect of colonization efforts experienced by their ancestors, combined with current health care inequities. A unique initiative was developed out of clinical questions about how to best generate and disseminate knowledge related to improving the wellbeing of Aboriginal children and youth.

Community Talk Evening Session:

Date: January 23, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cost: $10

This event is open to the public. All are welcome! Join us for an evening community talk with Dr. Margot Latimer and John Sylliboy about the Aboriginal Children's Hurt & Healing Initiative.

Writing: Call for contributions to ‘Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability’ book

Call for contributions to an IFSW book on ‘Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability’

International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW)
Dear IFSW Members, Friends and Supporters
As you are aware the current and third theme of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development is: “Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability”.
The four Agenda themes where set in 2010 by 3000 social work representatives to take the profession forward to address the causes of global, regional and national problems. The first theme on ‘Social and Economic Equality’, the next on the need to realize ‘The Dignity and Worth of all Peoples’, and this: ‘Community and Environmental Sustainability’ continue to be prioritized by the social work profession as essential measures for preventing wars, displacement and creating the conditions of a sustainable future for all.
“Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability” is an important topic for the social work profession and there are many practitioners and educators worldwide facilitating and working within communities to highlight and create action to enhance and or protect the environment in which the communities live.
IFSW is looking forward to being able to publish examples of social work practice, approaches and models that illustrate this theme. We aim to launch the first series of these examples on World Social Work Day 2017, March 21stthrough the Online Social Work Bookshop.
The book will be a resource the global audience of social work practitioners, students, and educators. It will include contributions from social workers from all regions in the world, examining the social work contributions to sustainability and ecological justice. The book aims to elevate the knowledge base and engagement of the broader profession around this critical area of practice, theory, and research. Formatted as a workbook, this resource will include stand-alone case studies, activities, and exercises ready-made for use in the classroom and/or practice setting.
If you are interested in contributing to this edition or future editions of the book, please contact the co-editors by January 6th (Michaela Rinkel or Meredith Powers at
The editors also want to offer an invitation all social workers to join the growing virtual, global Collaborative Network on this third Global Agenda theme. The Green-EcoSocial Work Network is an international, collaborative network for sharing ideas, resources, asking questions, and building solidarity around ways to address sustainability and ecological justice issues within our profession. To join, please contact the group’s administrator: Meredith C. F. Powers at