Collaborator Spotlight

Edward Connors, PhD, C.Psych

Ed is aEd Connors Psychologist registered in the Province of Ontario. He is of Mohawk ancestry from Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, and has worked with First Nations communities across Canada since 1982 in both urban and rural centres. His work over this time has included Clinical Director for an Infant Mental Health Centre in the city of Regina and Director for the Sacred Circle, a Suicide Prevention Program developed to serve First Nations communities in Northwestern Ontario. His practice incorporates traditional knowledge about healing while also employing his training as a psychologist. He manages a health planning firm that provides health consultation and psychological services to First Nations communities throughout the Georgian Bay Muskoka region. He also serves as an elder/advisor for Enaahtig Learning and Healing Lodge and the Native Mental Health Association of Canada.

As part of the EQUIP intervention, cultural safety training is offered to staff members at four participating clinics. This is done through the Indigenous Cultural Competency (ICC) online, interactive training module developed by the BC Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). Because the ICC curriculum was originally developed for use in British Columbia, it contains some content specific to BC. We recognized a need to modify the program so that it would be appropriate for staff members at primary health care sites in Ontario, and would include information about the history, geography, politics, and health issues specific to that province. We are pleased to have collaborated closely with Ed and some of his colleagues and elders to adapt the curriculum content.