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Northern, Rural and Remote Health Conference

Northern, Rural, and Remote Health is an international forum dedicated to sharing knowledge, experience, and innovations in community health. This is an effort to promote and strengthen transdisciplinary dialogue on critical issues affecting the health and health care of rural, Northern, and Indigenous populations in Canada and abroad.

Presented by the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health and the Society for Rural Physicians of Canada, the conference is being held in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada on October 6-9, 2017.

Who should attend?

This meeting will bring together leaders in Indigenous health, health professionals, community workers, governmental representatives, policy and decision-makers, educators, researchers, and trainees with an interest in all aspects of health in northern, rural, remote, and Indigenous communities.


The Planning and Scientific Committees are organizing a dynamic scientific, clinical, and social program. The scientific program will include plenary sessions from some of Canada’s heath leaders and advocates, panel dialogues addressing critical issues in health, clinical and skill-building workshops, and oral and poster research presentations. There will be engaging opportunities for networking and collaboration, along with learning sessions for students and early career investigators.

The conference is being planned in coordination with the 10th anniversary of the Trapline Marathon, a grassroots, heritage-oriented road race that brings together communities from across Labrador and beyond. All conference participants are encouraged to get involved in the event as runners, walkers, or volunteers.


The overall objective of the conference is to provide a venue Indigenous leaders, health professionals, community workers, policy-makers and administrators, researchers, educators, and trainees to share knowledge and collaborate in research and innovations in public health, clinical, and community-based care. More specifically, the conference will:

  1. Examine the intersections and impact of environmental, social, and political change on health;
  2. Envision the future design of northern and Indigenous health systems;
  3. Promote partnerships and knowledge exchange across health and social care sectors;
  4. Explore local innovations and success in health service delivery and health professional education;
  5. Foster dialogue on best practices in research methods and methodologies;

Conference Themes

NRRH will explore the intersections between key determinants of rural, northern, and Indigenous health, and highlight innovations in health services, policy development, and community-based programming. The conference themes include:

Climate Change and Planetary Health

  1. Social Determinants of Indigenous Health
  2. The Future of Health System Design and Sovereignty
  3. Culture, Gender, and Mental Wellness
  4. Innovations in Rural Clinical Care and Teaching

Planning Committee & Collaborators

The conference is a collaborative effort by health organizations in Labrador. The Planning Committee includes representatives from the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health, the Faculty of Medicine and Labrador Institute of Memorial University, the Innu Nation, Labrador-Grenfell Regional Health Authority, Movember Canada, NORFAM, the Nunatsiavut Government, the NunatuKavut Community Council, the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada, and the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

c. 2007 Labrador-Grenfell Health