Cochrane Ideas – Mar 2018

Impressions of an Itinerant Doctor

With Dr. Jim Emmett

7 pm., Friday, March 9th
At King Solomon Lodge, Centre Avenue, Cochrane

Please bring snacks if you can. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

From 2007 to 2016, Dr. Jim Emmett worked in Nunavut as a “locum” doctor, filling in for shortages in their medical staff. Although much of his time was spent in the capital city of Iqaluit, at the Qikiqtani General Hospital, he was posted all over Baffin Island and the northern shores of Hudson’s Bay and the Arctic Ocean. He will describe his adventures in seeing these remote outposts, learning about their history, and dealing with the Inuit people on their own turf.

Dr. Jim Emmett did his medical training at the University of British Columbia, and McMaster University, during the 1960’s. After a few years of private practice in Vancouver, and also working with the indigenous communities in Haida Gwaii, he relocated to Morley as the Medical Director of the Stoney Health Centre for four years. After that, he practiced Family Medicine in Calgary for decades. He admitted patients to the Foothills Medical Centre, and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, as well as having a very busy private office. He had a special interest in serving patients with multiple medical problems. After retiring from his Family Practice, he has worked as a locum doctor in Nunavut from 2007 to the present. He has lived in Canmore for the last nine years.

FEBRUARY IDEAS: We are grateful to Dale Portman for the well prepared and well presented talk for our Feb 9th IDEAS evening. It was clear from the great turnout that this was a topic of great interest to a variety of IDEAS friends. Many thanks to Dale for sharing his experiences and giving us new perspectives and ideas to think about.

As follow up to Cochrane IDEAS September evening on Nakoda Stoney Perspectives on TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION with five members of the Nakoda Stoney Nation: please see this live, interactive webcast 6:30 pm Saturday, March 10th by Vancouver’s Theatre for Living. It is interactive because during the second performance, audience members will be invited to stop the drama and go on stage to resolve some critical Natrive/non-Native issue. Most of the cast are Natives from the west coast.
One participant: “Theatre for Living is one of the most prolific, life changing, humanity affirming and powerful theatre companies in the country. This is what theatre is to me.”
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