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This education event is part of Casey House’s HIV & mental health series aimed at HIV service providers

9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Friday March 23
The 519, 519 Church Street

Registration required at

Working toward cultural safety learning objectives:

  • Understand more about cultural safety and trauma-informed Care for Indigenous peoples
  • Develop a deeper awareness of Indigenous history, traditions and culture


Lisa Richardson is a clinician-educator in the University of Toronto’s division of general internal medicine, and practices at the University Health Network. Her academic interest lies in the integration of critical and Indigenous perspectives into medical education. She is faculty co-lead in Indigenous medical education for the University of Toronto’s MD program and is an assistant professor in the department of medicine where she leads the new portfolio called person-centered care education.

Ernie Sandy, Academic elder is a member of the Ojibway Nation. He was given the unofficial title academic elder by a member of Ryerson University faculty. The name, reflects his two worlds, that of his heritage, culture and history as well as his involvement in the academic world. He is a strong believer in the old saying, “Each one reach one, each one teach one.” Ernie is an advocate of formal education for First Nations people as well as in bringing Indigenous issues and concerns to the public forum.

Malika Sharma is medical director at Casey House. She is an infectious disease and HIV physician with an HIV practice at Maple Leaf Medical Clinic. She is also an HIV consultant at Regent Park Community Health Centre, serving non-insured people. Malika has an MEd from OISE at the University of Toronto. Her clinical interests centre around the health of marginalized people; her research is in medical education, marginalization and equity.

Workshop: Image-based storytelling: creating visual narratives of self and self-care

Lisa Boivin is a member of the Deninu Kue First Nation in Northwest Territories. She is an interdisciplinary artist and health care educator. Lisa is in the doctoral stream at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at University of Toronto faculty of medicine, writing and painting an arts-based thesis on Indigenous perspectives of wellness and the disabling effects of colonialism.

Lisa will utilize the Indigenous tradition of image-based storytelling. Health care providers will be encouraged to reflect on their daily practice. She will open this workshop with a visual narrative by illustrating Indigenous experience and perspectives from images she has painted. She then invites workshop participants to re-imagine the workplace as a functioning nation where every person exercises their role as a citizen.