The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Mental Wellness Forum and Health Information Fair is an opportunity to come together and develop shared goals and priorities that will focus on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action #19 “to establish measurable goals to identify and close the health outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities” and build on the teachings of the First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework.

The Forum will host plenary and dialogue sessions to facilitate discussions on the past, and present; and identify ways to strengthen the mental wellness of First Nations in the future. In addition, information on key issues will be gathered to support the work of forum participants. A focus on hearing from those with lived-experiences will provide insight for leadership, mental wellness knowledge holders and workers in the development of future steps.

Who should attend:

  • First Nations Leadership
  • Those with Lived-Experience
  • Mental Wellness & Support Crisis Teams
  • Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Mental Health Officials
  • Youth/Students
  • Leaders and Innovators related to Mental Wellness
  • Health Directors

First Peoples Wellness Circle will be hosting a Mental Wellness Team’s Comprehensive Needs Assessment Validation & Networking Meeting on April 1, 2019, from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the Millennium Room, 2nd Floor, North Building, RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Seating is limited for Mental Wellness Team representatives and pre-registration is required. Deadline to pre-register is March 18, 2019.  Please contact [email protected] to register.

Program Agenda


Forum Package


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Mental Wellness Forum Overview

All activities will be taking place at the RBC  Convention Centre, 375 York Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

At this Forum, you will:

  • Hear about important ideas and stories from First Nations with Lived-experiences.
  • Learn more about supports offered by Mental Wellness and Crisis Support Teams.
  • Provide feedback on the needs assessment report for Mental Wellness Teams.
  • Engage in dialogue with knowledge holders and government officials on mental wellness.
  • Learn about trends that support the mental wellness of First Nations.
  • Reflect on key issues and the developments in the future of mental wellness that may affect First Nations.

Forum Program

Monday April 1, 2019

4:00PM – 9:00PM
Forum Pre-Registration Open

6:00PM – 9:00PM
Welcome Reception

Tuesday April 2, 2019

7:30AM – 5:00PM
Forum Registration Open

8:00AM – 5:00PM
Health Information Fair Open

9:00AM – 5:00PM
Opening Ceremonies, Plenaries, Panel Presentations

Wednesday April 3, 2019

8:00AM – 5:00PM
Forum Registration Open

8:30AM – 5:00PM
Health Information Fair Open

9:00AM – 5:00PM
Plenaries, Panel Presentations and Workshop Sessions

7:00PM – 9:00PM
Forum Social Evening

Thursday April 4, 2019

8:00AM – 5:00PM
Health Information Fair Open

9:00AM – 12:00PM
Plenaries, Panel Presentations and Workshop Sessions, Closing Plenary

Friday April 5, 2019

9:00AM – 2:00PM
Post- Forum On the Land Activity (TBC)

Health Information Fair

As part of the event, the AFN is hosting a Health Information Fair, which is an excellent opportunity to showcase your innovative programs, services or products and interact with First Nation persons with lived-experience, First Nations leadership, First Nations wellness workers and other health staff, administrators, non-governmental organizations and government departments from across Canada.

Please note that there are a limited number of booths available for the Forum’s Mental Wellness Information Fair and the registration fee for a booth is $840.00.  To obtain a registration form or more information on the Information Fair, please contact Karen Hunter by phone at 613.241.6789 ext.203 or by email at [email protected].

Post-Forum Cultural Activities

The Assembly of First Nations invites you to participate in cultural activities on Friday April 5, 2019, after the AFN National Mental Wellness Forum. You can register for a workshop at the Cedar Lake Ranch or a tour at the Petroforms at Bannock Point. A great opportunity to enjoy Manitoba while attending the Forum. Transportation from the RBC Convention Centre will be arranged and lunch is provided. Space is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible.

  1. Workshop at the Cedar Lake Ranch (about an hour from Winnipeg). Leave the RBC Convention Centre at 8:00am for Cedar Lake Ranch for a workshop entitled Understanding Trauma – what trauma and P.T.S.D. are and how they affect our lives and the lives of those around us. Lunch is provided at the Ranch and you return to the RBC Convention Centre by 2pm. For more information:
  • Maximum: 100 people
  • Date/Time: April 5, 2019, you will be picked up at 8am at the RBC Convention Centre and dropped off at the RBC Convention Centre at 2pm.
  1. Tour the Petroforms at Bannock Point – Bannock Point features petroforms: stones laid out on the bedrock in the shapes of turtles, snakes, geometric designs and a Thunderbird. They are believed to have been made centuries ago by First Nations people for their value in teaching and healing ceremonies. After the tour, lunch is provided nearby before the return trip to Winnipeg. For more information:
  • Maximum: 30 people
  • Date/Time: April 5, 2019, you will be picked up at 9am at the RBC Convention Centre and dropped off at the RBC Convention Centre at 2pm.
  • Please dress appropriately for the outdoor walking tour – it is recommended you have waterproof shoes or boots.


Registration Process

Pre-Registration forms and payment must be received at the Assembly of First Nations office by March 28, 2019.  An administration fee of $50.00 will apply for all cancellations prior to March 22, 2019; registration fees are non-refundable after March 22, 2019.

Please make cheques payable to the National Indian Brotherhood. Payments and registration forms should be submitted to the attention of Tash Cote, Registration Coordinator, National Mental Wellness Forum and Health Information Fair, Assembly of First Nations, 55 Metcalfe Street, 16th Floor, Ottawa, ON, K1P 6L5 or by fax to 613-241-5808 or email to [email protected]

Register On-line Registration Form

Registration Fees

  • First Nation Chief:  $160.00
  • First Nation Councillor: $160.00
  • First Nation Delegate Registration Fee: $160.00
  • Corporate/Government Official Delegate Fee: $315.00

Hotel Accommodations

Our host hotel for the Forum is the Delta Hotel Winnipeg, 350 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba. The room rate is $169/night plus applicable taxes.  Please note that the Delta Hotel Winnipeg is attached to the RBC Convention Centre.

Delta Hotel Winnipeg, 350 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba:

To book your room online, please go to the following link:
Book your group rate for Assembly of First Nations Room Block

To book your room at the Delta Hotel Winnipeg by phone, please call 1-888-311-4990, asking for the Assembly of First Nations Room Block.

ALT Hotel Winnipeg, 310 Donald Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba:

The ALT Hotel Winnipeg  is about a 10 minute walk from the RBC Convention Centre and they are offering our Forum delegates the rate of $144/night plus applicable taxes.

Option 1: Through the hotel’s website (, using this designated link:

Option 2: Through the hotel’s website, using the Group’s Block Code: 1904AFN.

Option 3: Directly through the hotel (1-844-946-6258), mentioning the Group Name/Block ID: AFN Mental Wellness Forum – 6715571.

DEADLINE: Hotel Room rates  are only available until Monday, March 18, 2019

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

If your company or organization is interested in sponsoring the Assembly of First Nations’ National Mental Wellness Forum and Health Information Fair , please indicate your interest by email to [email protected]



Getting to Winnipeg:

Flight Centre
If you do not have a preferred travel agent and require assistance making your travel arrangements to the Forum, please contact Tyler Brennan at Flight Centre Business Travel.

Tyler Brennan, Assistant Manager
Flight Centre Business Travel – Glebe
763 Bank Street – Room B
Ottawa, ON K1S 3V3

Telephone: 613-321-0120
Toll-free: 1-877-565-5295
Fax: 613-321-0426
E-mail: [email protected]

Flight Discounts
There are a number of small discounts that can be accessed on Air Canada and Westjet Airlines.  These were not available at the time of printing but will be posted on the AFN website under the Mental Wellness Forum page as soon as possible.  If you would like to contact us for the applicable codes, please email your request to our Forum email address at [email protected]

Air Canada Airlines:
To book a flight with the promotion code, access and enter your promotion code in the search panel.
Promotion code: N8EBBRE1

  • The booking is to be made to the following city: Winnipeg, YWG (MB).
  • The travel period begins March 31, 2019 to April 7,  2019.
  • No discount will apply to Basic or Standard bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S. For International travel (destinations outside North America), discounts apply to all fares.

Westjet Airlines:
For the upcoming National Mental Wellness Forum, Westjet Airlines offers 5% off Econo* and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada and 2% off Econo*, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling Trans-border into and out of Winnipeg. To take advantage of this offer, please use the discount code listed. Visit visit to make a booking online.

The code can be used on travel from March 31, 2019 to April 6, 2019
Coupon code (Guest web/Travel Agent web): Y33EP56
Promo code (*Travel Agent GDS only): WUU30


Registration Inquiries

Tash Cote
Telephone: (613) 241-6789
Ext. 274
Fax: (613) 241-5808
E-mail: [email protected]

General Inquiries

Telephone: (613) 241-6789
Fax: (613) 241-5808
E-mail: [email protected]

On behalf of the Assembly of First Nations, we look forward to seeing you in Winnipeg.

Angie TurnerNational Mental Wellness Forum
Assembly of First Nations