CDHA Summit 2022

CDHA is hosting a two-day professional development session in Whitehorse, Yukon! Join us September 30 to October 1 for this milestone event and learn about the experiences of Indigenous communities in Canada, as well as how to build culturally safe practices and relationships with Indigenous peoples. We will mark the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by learning together, listening, and collaborating.

We respectfully honour the resilience of Indigenous peoples across Canada and are committed to acknowledging the traumas of the past and moving forward with Indigenous communities and partners to build a better future for us all.

Accommodations

CDHA President’s Welcome

Wendy Stewart, RDH

On behalf of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association’s (CDHA) board of directors, I would like to invite you to scenic Whitehorse, Yukon, for CDHA’s 2022 Summit. I would also like to respectfully acknowledge that the event will be held on the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council and thank them for stewarding this land. We hope that you will join us from September 30 to October 1 and participate in National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by learning more about how to integrate experiences of Indigenous communities into your practice. The program will encourage reconciliation by increasing dental hygienists’ understanding of Indigenous issues, cultures, and history. I look forward to joining you in the Yukon and exploring how diversity, equity, and inclusion influence dental hygiene practice and promote cultural safety.

Purpose of the Summit

  • Emphasize the importance of reconciliation and build capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples
  • Support efforts to build culturally safe practices and health-promoting relationships with all people who access dental hygiene services
  • Understand the value of traditional healing practices to the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples and incorporate them into treatment plans whenever possible
  • Discover how cultural safety and humility, diversity, equity, and inclusion influence dental hygiene practice
  • Engage the profession to facilitate change, reduce health inequities, recognize unconscious bias, and address systemic biases identified in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action