The 2019 Ełèts’ehdèe Gathering was held on May 22-24 at Aurora Village, on Chief Drygeese Territory, the traditional territory of the Yellowknives Dene. Supplemental sessions were held at the Nova Hotel in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
The gathering brought together approximately 130 people from across the Northwest Territories and Canada to discuss health and health research under the theme of “Builing On Our Strengths”. The Ełèts’ehdèe provided a space for renewing and creating relationships between stakeholders and for Hotıì ts’eeda to connect to our community of stakeholders to gain insight into ways we can work to better support communities in understanding and improving their own health. The event included plenary sessions, breakout sessions alongside cultural knowledge demonstrations, a blanket exercise and a special youth mentorship day. It also featured graphic recording by Brenda McDonald, Jessica Simpson and Melaw Nakehk'o, who were all trained during Hotıì ts'eeda's April graphic recording workshop.
This year, the Ełèts’ehdèe included a public event for the first time. The event was held the evening of May 22 at Yellowknife's Northern Arts and Cultural Centre, titled "Research, Resurgence and Indigenous Health." The evening featured six speakers sharing their perspectives on the theme, including keynote speaker Donna May Kimmaliardjuk, Canada's first Inuk heart surgeon.