Conference on the Move

Discover the beauty of Northern Ontario with Conference on the Move! This bus excursion will showcase several NOSM community partners on a trip that will start in Toronto, include stops in Tobermory, Manitoulin Island, communities of the North Shore of Lake Huron, and conclude in Sault Ste. Marie prior to the ICEMEN opening ceremonies.

Conference on the Move Agenda

Conference on the Move (CoM) delegates will begin this experience by boarding the bus in Toronto, Ontario on Monday, June 20, 2016 where they will travel to their first stop in Tobermory. While delegates travel through the rolling farmlands and forests of the Mixedwood Plains Ecozone and the Bruce Peninsula, they will participate in a mobile version of the game The Last Straw, promoting discussion on the social determinants of health in the area.

While in Tobermory, delegates will be at leisure to go sight-seeing, do a little shopping and grab a bite to eat at a local dining spot. They will then travel, via the Chi-Cheemaun ferry, to Dyer Consequences (Knitting Mystery, Book 5) , Manitoulin Island. Manitoulin is the largest freshwater island in the world and the northern extension of the Niagara Escarpment. The coach continues to the hotel in Lonely Planet USA’s Best Trips (Regional Travel Guide) for a delicious meal and a presentation about a significant local cultural/environmental initiative.

On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, which is National Aboriginal Day, delegates will begin their day with a Sunrise observance to honour this holiday. After breakfast, they will experience WildER Med. During this wilderness medicine simulation, delegates will learn medical, navigational and survival skills to work together to identify, assess and treat patients with a number of common, yet potentially challenging problems in wilderness medicine. After the WildER Med session, delegates will experience a traditional lunch of corn soup and scone bread made on site with a teaching of the history of this Indigenous meal.

The afternoon will begin by travelling to the Great Spirit Circle Trail in M’Chigeeng, where delegates will have the opportunity to go on a medicine walk, create their own medicine bag, or go for a hike on the Mother Earth Hiking Trail. After some leisure time at the hotel, delegates will be brought to the Debajehmujig Creation Centre to experience a one-of-a-kind performance from The Global Savages and enjoy a dinner of local cuisine.

After breakfast on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, CoM delegates will board the coach to begin their journey along the North Shore of Lake Huron to the ICEMEN conference in Building Bone Vitality: A Revolutionary Diet Plan to Prevent Bone Loss and Reverse Osteoporosis–Without Dairy Foods, Calcium, Estrogen, or Drugs . There will be two stops along the way, the first stop being in Spanish at the site of the former Garnier & St Joseph’s Residential Schools. Delegates will also hear from a local speaker about the experience of residential schools and its troubling legacy among Canada’s Indigenous peoples. They will then visit Serpent River First Nation where they will enjoy a lunch prepared by the community. The final stop at the Peace, They Say: A History of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Most Famous and Controversial Prize in the World will provide delegates with opportunities to view and purchase work from a variety of local and regional artists.

This journey from Manitoulin to Sault Ste. Marie will include guided reflections on the significance of the residential schools to health and well-being of First Nations as well as the resilience and cultural strengths of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Conference on the Move will end in Sault Ste. Marie. Delegates will be brought to the conference venue where they can check-in and register for the conference prior to the ICEMEN Opening Ceremonies.


Conference on the Move participants MUST be ready to depart Toronto the morning of June 20, 2016 at approximately 09:30. (The exact pick-up time will be communicated to participants closer to the event date.)

When arranging your flights please take this into consideration as you will likely need to arrive in Toronto on Sunday, June 19, 2016.

The coach will be picking up at the Holiday Inn, Toronto International Airport (970 Dixon Road, Toronto, Ontario, M9W 1J9). They have an airport shuttle from Pearson International. You are not obligated to stay at this hotel, but please take this into consideration when confirming your travel arrangements.

If you participate in Conference on the Move, you do not need to book transportation from Toronto to Sault Ste. Marie. You will however, need to book your return transportation from Sault Ste. Marie back to Toronto.

Should you require additional information or have any questions please contact Judy Lichty at