This virtual forum is an opportunity to share and celebrate community resilience, lessons learned and on-going challenges, as well as to talk about what is needed to build a new path forward for First Nations.


Forum Goals

  • To share community-led responses to the pandemic
  • To highlight the strengths of partnerships
  • To identify opportunities for working with and supporting populations who were most impacted by the pandemic
  • To talk about what ‘building back better’ means for First Nations
  • Hear from Indigenous Services Canada on their pandemic response and recovery work

Who should attend?

  • First Nations Health, Social, Economic Development and Education Directors and Technicians
  • First Nations Emergency and Pandemic Response Coordinators and Directors
  • Health, Social and Education professionals, providers and experts
  • Federal, provincial and territorial government officials
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Program Agenda

Thursday, Sept 16, 2021

Day One

11:00am – 3:00pm ET

Opening ceremonies

Welcome addresses

Plenary Panel Presentations: Responses to the Pandemic – Celebrating Resilience

Building on culture and community

Strengths in partnerships

Hear from Indigenous Services Canada on their pandemic response and lessons learned

Tuesday, Sept 21, 2021

Day Two

11:00am – 3:00pm ET

Plenary Panel Presentations – Building on Innovation, Recognizing Opportunities

Concurrent workshops

Thursday, Sept 23, 2021

Day Three

11:00am – 3:00pm ET

Hear from Indigenous Services Canada on 2021 Budget Highlights and ‘building back better’ (TBC)

Plenary Panel Presentations: Transforming the Future

Concurrent workshops

Closing ceremonies


Please note that there is no registration fee for this virtual forum. Registration forms must be submitted as soon as possible to ensure processing prior to the forum.
  • Register ONLINE at to receive a confirmation email.
  • FAX registration forms to Tash Cote at 613-241-5808.
  • MAIL registration forms to Tash Cote, Assembly of First Nations, 55 Metcalfe Street, Suite 1600, Ottawa, ON K1P 6L5.

Please note that this is a virtual forum. Please indicate if you will be joining by phone or computer.

If you need assistance registering online, please contact our Registration Coordinator: Tash Cote at [email protected].

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Contact Information:

For general information on the forum, contact us at [email protected].

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