Keynote: Dr. Sarah de Leeuw

Author of six literary books (creative non-fiction and poetry) and co-editor of five academic texts (including Determinants of Indigenous Peoples’ Health in Canada: Beyond the Social) Sarah de Leeuw is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work focuses broadly on colonial violence, marginalized peoples, and overlooked geographies. Currently the President of the Canadian Association for Health Humanities (CAHH) and a member of the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH) for more than 15 years, in 2017 de Leeuw was appointed to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Author of more than 105 peer-reviewed publications, from book chapters to journal articles and scholarly entries, de Leeuw was nominated in 2017 for a Governor General’s Literary Prize in non-fiction. De Leeuw holds a Western Magazine Gold Award, two CBC Literary Prizes for creative non-fiction, and the Dorthey Livesay BC Book Prize for poetry. She also holds a PhD from Queen’s University in historical-cultural geography and is a Professor and Canada Research Chair (Humanities and Health Inequities) with the Northern Medical Program in Prince George, a distributed site of UBC’s Faculty of Medicine. She grew up on Haida Gwaii and now divides her time between Lheidli T’enneh/Dakelh Territory (Prince George) and Syilx Territory (Okanagan Centre), in so-called British Columbia.

Speaker: Ronna Bloom

Ronna Bloom is a teacher, poet, and the author of six books of poetry. Her most recent book, The More, was longlisted for the City of Toronto Book Award. Ronna developed the Poet in Residence programme at Sinai Health and is Poet in Community to the University of Toronto. She brings 25 years of practice as a psychotherapist to her work as a facilitator and poet. Ronna has collaborated with filmmakers, architects, choreographers and conservationists, and has had work exhibited in Canada, the UK, and Italy. Her new chapbook, Who is your mercy contact? will be published by Espresso-chapbooks in Spring 2022. ronnabloom.com