Cultivating Canada: Reconciliation Through the Lens of Cultural Diversity

Dr. DeGagne will speak about the impact of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation on the Aboriginal community.  The organization has 13 years of experience in delivering funding and support to community healing and mental health projects in over 1500 communities.  This work will also be discussed in the context of the AHF’s latest publication “Cultivating Canada”, capturing the voices of diverse cultural communities from across Canada as they discuss cultural reconciliation.


Dr. Mike DeGagné is the Executive Director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, a national Aboriginal organization dedicated to addressing the legacy of Canada’s Indian Residential School System.  He has worked in the field of addiction and mental health for the past 25 years, first as a community worker on-reserve in northern Ontario and later with the Addiction Research Foundation (ARF), the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA), and the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP).
Mike lectures nationally and internationally on issues of Aboriginal health, Residential Schools, reconciliation, and governance.  He serves on a number of Boards including Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), is currently the Chairman of the Child Welfare League of Canada, and past Chairman of Ottawa’s Queensway Carleton Hospital.  His PhD focuses on Aboriginal post secondary education.