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Deepening Our Understanding of Anti-Oppressive Practice and Peacemaking

Building on our Exploring Anti-Oppression Practices and Unconscious Bias in Our Work series, we’ll nurture new habits of mind to inform action.

Participants will reason through strategies to foster equity and inclusion in healthcare through anti-oppression practices and peacemaking. We will draw on the lessons within the Two-Row Wampum Belt Treaty and the Coin Model of Privilege and Critical Allyship to make sense of and strategize on common challenges in equity, diversity and inclusion work.

For this session, we ask that you please revisit the recordings from Part 1 and Part 2 of the previous series.

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Healthcare Excellence Canada (HEC) would like to thank Dr. Ed Connors (Mohawk) for providing a Thanksgiving address as part of Deepening Our Understanding of Anti-Oppressive Practice and Peacemaking. HEC recognizes that Traditional and Indigenous Knowledge is different than Western Knowledge. “Traditional Knowledge” refers to the knowledge systems, know-how, creations, innovations, skills, practices, stories and other cultural expressions generally regarded as pertaining to First Nations, the Inuit, the Métis and/or their members (Traditional Knowledge Holder) which have been developed, sustained and passed on from generation to generation of First Nation, Inuit, or Métis members and their ancestors.

In order to honour and respect Traditional Knowledge we ask that you seek permission before sharing this knowledge with others. Please contact Ed Connors ( if you wish to learn about this version of the Thanksgiving Address/Prayer of Gratitude in order to share it with others. Please do not share this knowledge with others without first doing so.


  • Ed Connors, PhD, C. Psych.
  • Stephanie Nixon, PhD, PT


  • Brady Comeau, Senior Program Lead, Healthcare Excellence Canada
  • Carol Fancott, Director, Patient Safety, Equity, & Engagement, Healthcare Excellence Canada

About the speakers

Ed Connors is of Mohawk (from Kahnawake Mohawk Territory) and Irish ancestry. He is a psychologist who has worked with First Nations communities across Canada since 1982 in both urban and rural centres. Dr. Connors' most recent work has involved development of Indigenous Life Promotion projects, including Feather Carriers Leadership for Life Promotion. While developing the above services, Dr. Connors has worked with Elders and apprenticed in traditional First Nations approaches to healing. Today his practice incorporates traditional knowledge about healing while also employing his training as a psychologist. His work has also included consultation and community training to assist with Peacemaking, Reconciliation and Anti-oppression.

Stephanie Nixon is Vice-Dean (Faculty of Health Sciences) and Director (School of Rehabilitation Therapy) at Queen’s University. Stephanie is a straight, white, middle class, able-bodied, cisgender, settler woman who tries to understand the pervasive effects of privilege. She explores how systems of oppression shape health care, research and education, and the role of people in positions of unearned advantage in disrupting these harmful patterns.


  1. Where can I find the recordings of the first two sessions? The recordings for part 1 can be found here, and part 2 can be found here.
  2. In what ways can I properly cite and/or reference the materials from this session? We suggest the following citation: Ed Connors & Stephanie Nixon. “Deepening Our Understanding of Anti-Oppression Practice and Peacemaking.” Healthcare Excellence Canada, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Virtual Learning Series. April 22, 2024. Available at