Topic: Reconciliation and Ally Approaches to Healing Practices for Addiction (Co-presenter with Chelsea Crowshoe)
Jennifer Mantha is a former high school science teacher who spent more than 20 years teaching adult students in a repurposed Residential School on Siksika Nation. Before becoming a teacher, Jennifer worked in the nursing field in Ontario, and later for the Calgary Health Region.
Jennifer holds a Master’s degree in Educational Research, and Bachelors’ degrees in Education and Science (Zoology). She is originally from northern Ontario, but has called Calgary home since the ’88 Olympics.
Currently, Jennifer’s role with AHS is with the Indigenous Health Program as a Health Promotion Facilitator II. Her work with the Indigenous Cultural Competency team focuses on developing and delivering education aimed to increase awareness, sensitivity and competency among health professionals. The ultimate goal is to improve health experiences and outcomes for Indigenous clients, patients and families.