Elder Aline LaFlamme
Aline LaFlamme is an Elder with Vancouver Coastal Health, facilitator with Pacific Association of First Nations Women, and a past Board Director of the Canadian Nurses Association. She is a Métis grandmother, pipe carrier, sun dancer, drum maker, singer, traditional healer and workshop facilitator who has held various positions over many years in the health and social fields. “Walk with love, honour, respect and compassion for all things in Creation including ourselves” is the foundational teaching that guides Aline LaFlamme’s life. Over the course of her career, Aline has developed and operated culturally based healing programs for Indigenous people in five prisons, including the first Indigenous specific program for women at the Territorial Women’s Correctional Centre in the Northwest Territories (NWT). She has developed healing programs to support Indigenous Peoples through the Native Women’s Association of Canada, the Fort Smith Health and Social Services Authority and many others, and she was the founder and executive director of the Aboriginal Front Door Society in Vancouver’s Downtown East side.
Guest leader: Kerri Nuku
Kerri Nuku has extensive background in the health sector as both a Registered Nurse and Midwife including her current role as the Kaiwhakahaere of Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa, New Zealand Nurses Organisation representing 52,000 members (nurses, midwives, kaimahi hauora, and tauira) including 3,800 Māori members, a position she has held fulltime since 2013.
Kerri’s knowledge and experience in the health sector includes nursing, midwifery, policy development, auditing, management and governance and as a member of the ICN Audit and Risk Committee.
Kerri is a strategist and thinker with governance experience and knowledge. Kerri has worked on the International Council of Nurses, Global Nurses United, and South Pacific Nurses Forum and the World Health Organisation (WHO), Human Resources for Health project.
Her advocacy for Workers’ Rights, specifically pay parity for the workforce within the Māori and Iwi Provider sector as evident in the Human Rights Commission report “A fair go for all”. As a collaborator in the United Nations Universal Periodic Review, the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, shadow report and the Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
As an active advocate and published researcher, her national and international accomplishments have seen her present interventions at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019) protecting freedoms and right of indigenous peoples. While leading several legal challenges, the Kaupapa Health Services enquiry, Mana Wahine claims and Oranga Tamariki under urgency.
Kerri is proud to be an Honorary Member of Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa, New Zealand Nurses Organisation.