Historic Release: Truth & Reconciliation Commission's Report
Promising Paths: Research, Practice & Policy for Healthy and Sustainable Campuses
CONNECT with people from around the world 
DISCOVER the latest thinking and research
EXPLORE critical synergies between health promotion and sustainability  
CO-DESIGN a new International Charter

Dear Community Members,

We are looking forward to seeing many of you in just over 2 weeks in Kelowna for Ride Don't Hide and the 2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges.

Please take advantage of the opportunity to receive a conference bursary to help support your registration, travel and/or accommodation expenses for the conference.  Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses will be hosting a Post-Conference Meeting for any interested community members.  

We invite you to view the newly released Conference Brochurewhich outlines the full program for the event.  If you haven't already completed the Charter Development Survey, we encourage you to have your voice be heard in the quick survey below.  

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has released its report "Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future."  The upcoming International Conference will provide a space for further discussions, learnings and reflections on this topic within the context of post-secondary institutions.

Register Today

Come share your knowledge and experiences, learn from others and co-design a new International Charter. Don't miss this landmark event!  

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Apply for a Conference Bursary

Last Chance!

To help support attendance from our valued community of practice members, we are pleased to announce a limited number of conference bursaries. Recipients of conference bursaries will be able to use their award to offset the cost of attendance (e.g. registration, travel and/or accommodation). 

Amount: $400       Number Available: 10
Extended Deadline: Monday June 8th at 5pm         
HM | HC Post-Conference Meeting 

If you are attending the International Conference, we would like to invite you to join a Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses meeting at the University of British Columbia- Okanagan Campus on the morning of Friday June 26th, following the main conference.  This meeting will provide an opportunity to de-brief the conference and connect with other community members.  If you are attending the conference and would like to join the meeting, please complete the poll below so we can contact you with further details.

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Conference Brochure  

View the newly released Conference Brochure, which outlines the full program for this exciting event.  Check out the diversity of keynote speakers, panelists and presentations happening with delegates attending from around the world.  

Read the complete overview of the Plenary and Concurrent Sessions with the presenters' names, description and intended learning objectives for each session.

Charter Development Survey

A new International Charter will be co-designed to inspire future action around the world on campuses and beyond.  The Charter is intended to guide and inspire action for practice, research and policy. It will embrace a holistic view of health and recognize all campus members as part of healthy campus communities, including students, staff and academics.  It will also take a broad, systemic approach to creating healthy and sustainable campus communities where everyone thrives.

Please take a few moments to complete the pre-conference survey that will contribute to Charter development.  The survey will remain open until June 19th for further comments.  Themes, values, concepts, and action strategies that emerge from the participatory charter development process will shape the Charter document. Learn more >>

Ride Don't Hide 

On June 21st, the Canadian Mental Health Association is hosting it's annual Ride Don't Hide community bike ride in cities across Canada.  The goal of the event is to raise awareness and help break the stigma surrounding mental health while raising essential funds to support mental health programs.  The community event is a ride, not a race, with routes designed for riders of all ages and abilities- from notice rider to the advanced cyclist.  Regardless of distance, you will travel a route supported from start to finish with rest stops, water to fuel the journey, fans to cheer you on, and enjoy a fun day on your bike for a great cause! 

Attending the International Conference? Join our International Conference team! Register as a participant, invite people to sponsor you and ride with us in Kelowna.  If you need to rent a bike, email
Unable to join us in Kelowna? Find a city near you that is hosting a ride or become a virtual rider on our Conference team!  


Truth and Reconciliation Commission 

Following six years of gathering testimony from 7,000 witnesses who had experienced the residential school system, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has released a report titled, "Honouring the Truth, Reconciling the Future" along with Calls to Action to encourage advancement in the process of Canadian reconciliation.  This report presents an extraordinary opportunity to step forward toward change and mental health for all people in Canada.

In the Calls to Action report, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission provides 94 recommendations for change. A number of the calls to action relate to the post-secondary context, such as recommending the federal government provide adequate funding to end the backlog of First Nations students seeking a post-secondary education and to support the integration of Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods into classrooms.

The Canadian Mental Health Association- BC Division has shared a press release on the importance of this historical document.


International Conference Highlights  

With a focus on healthy and sustainable campus communities and developing vibrant environments where everyone thrives, the International Conference Planning Committee has intentionally integrated Aboriginal perspectives and learnings into the Conference. This includes an Indigenous Working Group made up of student and community Aboriginal leaders and one of the Conference themes invited examples of the development of knowledge, policy, practice and evaluation methods from an indigenous perspective. Aboriginal voices have specifically been sought out to inform the Charter development and during the Conference there will be a residential school installation and concurrent sessions, such as: 
  • Planning Health Promotion for Indigenous University Students - What do they Need? [A2ii] 
  • Learning from LE,NONET: Holistic Supports for Indigenous Students [D5i]
  • Aboriginal Health Promotion: an Approach and Program at the University of Alberta [D5ii]
  • Academy of Indigenous Scholars; Vision Questing [D5iii]
  • Promoting Campus and Community Health through Interdisciplinary Cultural Safety Education in the Health Sciences [D10ii]

Learn more about the BC Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses Initiative

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