PEER North

Evidence-based Navigation of Northern Medicine

September, 2023 Yellowknife Northwest Territories

The PEER North planning team is looking forward to launching the inaugural PEER North Conference. In the spirit of facilitating Northern community connections, a social event, as well as a cultural component will be included. We are optimistic about seeing physicians and nurses in person from across the North and southern Canada; virtual attendance is also an option. Registrants will have access to conference recordings.

The goal of PEER North is to provide a culturally relevant Northern educational forum, for the purpose of connecting and strengthening relationships amongst Northern healthcare providers around current, evidence-based, primary care topics of interest.

Interested in joining us at PEER North 2023

If you missed out on the inaugural 2022 event, sign up here to receive notifications about September 2023

If you joined us in 2022, you will be contacted about registration next year.

Schedule of Events 2022 Conference


This 1 credit-per-hour group learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 10 Mainpro+ credits.


CFPC MainPro Cert+ application for conference credits is in process.
Registrants will have access to conference recordings.

Evidence Based Medical Workshop (EBM)

Thursday September 22nd, 18:30 - 21:30

Excellent or Excrement: Guide to Sorting Out Research Claims

PEER Team: Danielle Perry, Mike Kolber, Tina Korowynk, Jessica Kirkwood

In this highly interactive workshop, participants will learn to confidently review clinical papers, and understand key evidence-based medicine principles. Focusing on randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews, participants will learn how to understand meta-analyzed results as well as methods of quickly appraising articles for quality and usability. Mathematical concepts such as relative and absolute risks, and numbers needed to treat, will be explained and practiced. Finally, tips for efficiently navigating medical literature will be discussed.

NOTE: This workshop has pre-conference homework to be completed prior to attending. In-person only.

You will learn:

  • common misinterpretations in evidence
  • tricks to quickly sort out key findings
  • how to make using evidence less overwhelming

This workshop is now SOLD OUT.

Medicine Walk

Friday September 23rd, 09:00 - 12:00 - Somba K’e Park

Rassi Nashalik

Inuk Elder

Co-founder of the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation
Elder-in-residence, U of A School of Public Health
Original host of CBC North News, Inuktitut

Lila Fraser Erasmus

'Naturally Dene'

Co-founder of Bows and Arrows Inc.
Indigenous Resource Specialist

Felix J. Lockhart

Dene Elder

Cultural Advisor, Indigenous Wellness Program
Stanton Territorial Hospital
Former Chief of the Łutsel K’e Dene First Nation
Advisor, Institute for Circumpolar Health Research
Founding Chair of the Dene Cultural Institute

We are grateful to have recruited these three well-respected indigenous leaders to share their wisdom with us as we walk around Frame Lake Trail.

Spending time on the land with these Elders and knowledge keepers will provide the group with a glimpse into alternate ways of knowing and communicating. It is a short, but sweet and deep course in cultural competency. This kind of teaching is not easily forgotten and has a tendency to come to mind when communicating with indigenous patients. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Friends and family are welcome to join us.

Friday Night Social - BBQ & Boats

Friday September 23rd, 17:00 - 22:00

Come and join your fellow PEER North attendees for a fun, family-friendly social event at The Garden; Yellowknife’s premiere indoor/outdoor venue in the historic Old Town area of Yellowknife.

Throughout the evening, while you enjoy snacks, a barbecue-style dinner, and dessert groups of 5 people will disembark from The Garden dock and take guided boat tours of the Yellowknife Bay to see the famous Yellowknife houseboats.

Don’t miss out on this unique and excellent opportunity to socialize with your fellow attendees at the indoor tables, on the outdoor deck, out on the back lawn in the outdoor banquets or gathered around the fire pits, and on a boat ride. By the end of the evening you may even be able to see the northern lights!

* Cash bar available.


Register before September 8th to attend the BBQ social.

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