Indigenous Health & Wellness Conference 2024

We are thrilled to host and invite all Indigenous peoples to the 1st Annual – Indigenous Health & Wellness conference in Calgary, Alberta!

Indigenous Gatherings is excited to welcome hundreds of attendees to the 1st Annual – Indigenous Health & Wellness conference to share, learn and participate in interactive, inspirational, health and cultural workshops. On the second day, Wednesday February 22nd, special ‘Opioid’ presentations will also be included to help all our relatives near and far with this epidemic.

Our first keynote presenter – Anthony Thosh Collins (On Akimel O’Odham) is a community health educator and co-founder of Well For Culture, an Indigenous wellness initiative which focuses on reclaiming healthy, balanced lifestyles through ancestral knowledge and Indigenous ideologies.

Our second keynote speaker is Dr. Gabrielle Weasel Head, (Tsapiinaki) who is a member of the Kainai Nation, Blackfoot Confederacy and an Assistant Professor in Indigenous Studies with Mount Royal University. Dr. Weasel Head will present – Mokakit Iyikakimaat: Resilience as Nitsitapiyssinni, the Blackfoot way of Life.

Additional presenters include:

Bringing the Spirit Home (Ellie Oka, Garret Standing Alone, Bonnie Weasel Moccasin RN, Todd Across the Mountain – Blood Tribe) – “First Nation Led Detox Centre “Kottakiniina Awaahkapiiyaawa”.
Newo Wellness (Shayna Thomas)- “Balancing your Medicine Wheel – A Holistic Journey to Self Alignment”
Beverly Swampy – “Movement is MASKÎHKIY Medicine, Physical Fitness for Mental Health
Patti Knife & Lani Blackwater – “Sexually Transmitted Blood Borne Infections(STBBI) & High Risk Prenatal Program”.
The Indigenous Healing Collective (Arlysse Wuttunee) – “Harnessing the Power Within: A Journey into Ancient Indigenous Healing Practices”
Marni Hope and Lowell Yellow Horn – “Reclaiming Our Voices: The Power of Storytelling in 60s Scoop Healing”
Christine Longjohn, Norma Rabbitskin and Lisa Sakebow – “Grounded in Culture: Awakening the Art of Birthing and Healthy Childrearing”
Patti Currie, Brittany McMaster – “Being an Indian & Coaching” a discussion about the connection between First Nations, Physical Health & Cultural Wellness from a First Nation coaches experience & perspective.
Blackfoot Traditional Games – Jason Plain Eagle
Melanie Bazin (Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute)- Land-Based Wellness Nurturing Mental and Environmental Health.
Elders from various Treaty 7 communities will be on site welcoming, praying and supporting participants throughout the 3 days.


More information and presenters to come! Conference fee includes access to all presentations, conference packages and meals – breakfast, breaks and lunch.

Tentative – Tuesday Evening Fashion Show.

Tentative – Wednesday Evening Comedy night.

AGENDA will be made available soon!

Special Room Rate of $119 + applicable fees and taxes is the responsibility of the participant. Please call the Best Western Plaza directly at (403) 248-8888 to book your accomodations.

Absolutely NO DRUGS, ALCOHOL allowed.

Security on site.

GROUP REGISTRATION AND RATES at $475 (10 or more participants)

Please call (403) 361-0333 for information and invoices. Payments can be made by cheque, certified cheque or money order to:
Indigenous Gatherings
1374 Pacific Circle W, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 5V3


If you need to cancel a registration after payment, we will require written notice but $100 from each registration is non-refundable. After January 15th, there will be no refunds distributed.