Joshua Stribbell and Dr. Anna Banerji
Experience Inuit culture and history featuring a drum, dancing and throat-singing performance by a talented Inuit youth plus learn from the Toronto Inuit Youth Council about the current realities facing Inuit in the north and south, and how committed organizations are working to identify, address and empower the needs of Inuit living in Canada.
A discussion will follow with Joshua Stribbell and Dr. Anna Banerji: The State of Inuit Health and the Lower Respiratory Infection – An Epidemic of Neglect.
Joshua Stribbell, executive director of the Inuit youth program Torontomuit along with Dr. Banerji O.Ont, MD, MPH, FRCPC, DTM and post MD education lead for Indigenous and Refugee Health and founder of the National Indigenous Health Conference will share her 20+ research study on lower respiratory infections in Inuit children which has led some changes to the national guidelines for the prevention of RSV, unfortunately there is currently an epidemic of death that needs to be addressed. This will be a very powerful dialogue with data supporting the findings.
Joshua Stribbell grew up as an urban Inuit male, raised in Keswick, Ontario. His family is from northern Canada, from the city of Iqaluit, Nunavut. President of the National Urban Inuit Youth Council, Joshua is a passionate Youth Representative for the Toronto Inuit Association. Additionally, he organizes and guides a successful Inuit youth program called Torontomuit. Joshua is a role model to many and an inspiration to the Inuit peoples of Canada.
MD MPH FRCPC DTM&H O.Ont
Dr. Anna Banerji is a pediatric infectious and tropical disease specialist. She has trained in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Harvard University, where she completed her MPH in International Health. She is currently the Post MD Education lead for Indigenous and Refugee Health, specifically CPD and PGME lead for Indigenous Health at the University of Toronto. She is the co-chair of the Indigenous Health Conference. She has been studying lower respiratory infections in Inuit children for over 20 years where her research has led to changes to the national guidelines for the prevention of RSV. Dr. Banerji is a past member of the CPS First Nations, Inuit and Metis committee, and has travelled to Indigenous communities across Canada. Dr. Banerji is also very involved in refugee health where she currently chairs the North American Refugee Health Conference the largest refugee conference globally, and her clinical work primarily focuses on refugee children. In 2014, she created the COSTI Pediatric Clinic, where she screens all the newly arrived Government Assisted Refugee Children coming to Toronto. In 2016 she screened over 700 Syrian children. She uses a human rights framework for her work, research and education and is often an advocate for vulnerable populations. Dr. Banerji has travelled extensively around the world including work in Haiti after the earthquake. She has won several awards including the “promising graduate” for Harvard School of Public Health in 2003, the U of T Educational Excellence for Community Care Award in 2008. In January 2012, she was inducted into the Order of Ontario