First Nations, Métis & Inuit

SAC Project on Speech, Language and Hearing Services 
for First Nations, Métis and Inuit

Speech, Language and Hearing Services for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Children in Canada with a Focus on Children 0-6 years of Age

There is a serious gap in the availability and delivery of services in speech, language pathology and audiology services to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Children in Canada.

Before anyone can take steps to improve services to these populations, we needed a better understanding of the current situation. With funding from Health Canada, SAC carried out a project from December 2010 to April 2011 to collect information on speech, language and hearing services for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Children.

The advisory committee assembled to lead the project included:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Kay-Raining Bird, Dalhousie University, Chair
  • Dr. May Bernhardt, University of British Columbia
  • Isabelle Billard, Audiologist, Quebec
  • Lori Davis Hill, Speech-Language Pathologist, Ontario
  • Kendra Dean, Speech-Language Pathologist, Saskatchewan
  • Melanie Morningstar, Assembly of First Nations (AFN)
  • Monica Nahwegabow, Speech-Language Pathologist, Ontario
  • Anna Clair Ryan, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami ( ITK)
  • Deanne Zeidler, Speech-Language Pathologist, British Columbia
  • Project Consultants: John Rowlandson and Margaret O'Hara, British Columbia.
  • Project Manager: Sharon Fotheringham

The project resulted in three reports*:

SAC would like to thank our partners, Health Canada, Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, speech-language pathologists, audiologists and supportive personnel in Canada and abroad as well as the members of the advisory group and the consultants for their valuable contributions to this project.

*Please note that these documents was created when SAC was called the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA).