Healthcare Design for First Nations and Inuit: Bridging the Gap between Traditional Values and Modern Wellness Strategies

This presentation shares how the medical & the design communities are responding to reducing health inequities among Canada’s Indigenous population by creating an inclusive and respectful built framework for healthcare delivery.

An Aboriginal Family Practice physician examines the broad context & shares how care is provided from remote settlements to the Vancouver Downtown Eastside. 

Architects will share the inclusive healing environments being created to respond to these special needs including health centres above the Arctic Circle, hospitals on Vancouver Island and Anishnawbe Health, a community health centre and hub for the Indigenous people of Toronto.

Session Details

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Wednesday, May 24th, 2017: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
1.5 Structured/Core AIA LU
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Session Speaker(s)


VP, Sector Leader for Health, Stantec Architecture Ltd.

Dr. Sari Raber

Aboriginal Family Practice, Ts'ewulhtun Health Centre

Dr. Sari Raber’s residency was Aboriginal Family Medicine. She’s gained a unique perspective on the effects of historical, geographic and political factors that impact the health status of Aboriginal people in Canada. Living on Vancouver Island, she’s a doctor at the Ts’ewulhtun Health Centre which manages public health and communicable disease control for Cowichan Tribes, BC’s largest First Nation Community.

Celeste MacKay, NWTAA

Senior Associate, Stantec Architecture Ltd.

Celeste has been living and working in Northern Canada since 2000, and has completed projects across the region, designing community Healthcare Centres, as well as other local and regional facilities. She has a passion for managing the delivery of healthcare infrastructure to northern communities, where extreme climates, complex logistics, and diverse cultures inform the planning, design and construction of projects.

John Steven, OAA, MRAIC , ACHA, AIA (assoc)

Senior Principal, Stantec Architecture Ltd.

John Steven is one of Canada's leading experts in healthcare architecture, with 30+ years’ experience in the planning and design of healthcare facilities.
As a leader in Stantec's Health and Wellness sector, John is active in the development and roll-out of research-based best practices. As principal-in-charge of the AHT project, he is guiding initiatives to achieve design excellence and sustainability.

Vlad Bortnowski, OAA, LEED AP BD+C

Senior Architect, Stantec Architecture Ltd.

Vlad has focused the last 17 years of his 30+ year professional experience on healthcare projects. He has led design and healthcare planning teams for major projects, including Meno Ya Win Health Centre in Sioux Lookout and Master Plan exercises for hospitals in Windsor and Toronto, Ontario. Vlad is currently working on the Anishnawbe Health Toronto project in downtown Toronto.

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24-27 May 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

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