2022 Northwestern Ontario Palliative Care Online Summit

November 3, 10, 17, 24, 2022: The Palliative Care Summit will take place every Thursday in November. There is no cost to attend. Registration begins in early September. Keynote speakers include Dr. Harvey Chochinov & Dr. Amy Tan.

Visit this page again for more information and to register. Registration opens in early September.

AGENDA (subject to change)

End of Life Doulas: Enhancing Care for All

Thursday, November 03, 12 – 1:30 pm

Presented by:

Olga Nikolajev, RN MA FT

Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement

End of Life Nurse Educator

Laura McCormick, PSW

Palliative Care Coordinator, Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services 

Helen Grymaloski, Artist, Teacher, Day-cation Provider, End of Life Doula

Blueberry Road Diversions, Blueberry Road EOL Services

Learning objectives:

  1. Discuss and learn about the growing role, training, and scope of practice of End of Doulas
  2. Explain the many ways End of Life Doulas can support individuals and their caregivers facing an illness or terminal diagnosis
  3. Illustrate the different ways that End of Life Doulas incorporate additional training into the services they provide 


Culturally Safe-r Palliative Care Education for Providers Caring for Indigenous People

Thursday, November 10, 12 – 1:30 pm  

Presented by:

Holly Prince, MSW PhD Candidate

Project Manager, CERAH, Lakehead University

Joanna Vautour, MSW

Research Coordinator, Department of Oncology, McMaster University

Margaret Civak, MA 

Senior Research Coordinator, McMaster University 

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the process undertaken by research and education teams at Lakehead and McMaster Universities to develop culturally relevant palliative care training for providers working in Indigenous communities.
  2. Discuss new culturally relevant resources developed within the education to support health and social care providers and caregivers in Indigenous communities. 
  3. Recognize how palliative care training can support the ongoing development of palliative care capacity in Indigenous communities.


Dignity and New Opportunities in Palliative Care

Thursday, November 17, 12 – 1:30 pm

Presented by:

Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov, OC OM MD PhD FRCPC FRSC

Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba

Senior Scientist, CancerCare Manitoba Research Institute

Learning objectives:

  1. Identify connections between dignity and comprehensive, quality palliative care. 
  2. Discuss therapeutic approaches that are underpinned by the construct of dignity.
  3. Describe the Platinum Rule and its implications in providing person-centered care. 


Racism in the Health Care System

Thursday, November 24, 7 – 8:30 pm

Presented by:

Dr. Amy Tan, MD MSc (Pall Med) CCFP(PC) FCFP (she/her)

Palliative Care & Family Physician

Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Palliative Care & Dept of Family Practice, UBC Faculty of Medicine

Adjunct Associate Professor (Research), Dept of Family Medicine

Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Section Editor-Racism and Health, PLOS Global Public Health

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how palliative care has been rooted in the Western perspectives of death and dying, which frames palliative care practice from a Euro-ethnocentric perspective.
  2. Describe practical steps one can make towards providing antiracist palliative care to patients and families, at the individual and systemic levels.
  3. Discuss approaches to how racialized clinicians and their colleagues can react effectively in the moment to disarm racist harm, as well as how to debrief and create sustained support for Black, Indigenous and racialized clinicians.