10 Things RMTs Need to Know About Reconciliation – with Pamela Fitch and Susan Dupuis

Sunday April 30, 2023
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Approved for 1.5 Core Competency Credits

Course will be held live online with an on-demand option after the event.

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Following the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report, many people want to know more about the lived experiences of Indigenous people in Canada. Given the intimacy of the practice of massage therapy, RMTs may be faced with uncomfortable clinical situations when they are unaware of the impact of their words or actions. Join Anishinabae massage therapist and intergenerational survivor, Susan Dupuis and trauma-informed RMT Educator, Pam Fitch, as they share 10 things (at least) that RMTs need to know about colonization, intergenerational trauma and indigenous culture. Participants learn how to begin the process of decolonizing clinical practices and engaging in reconciliation.


Pamela Fitch, RMT

For more than thirty years, Canadian massage therapy educator, writer, researcher and long-time practitioner, Pamela Fitch, has explored professional, ethical and communicative challenges faced by manual therapists. She remains particularly interested in how massage therapy affects clients who have experienced trauma, post-traumatic stress and complex pain conditions. A committed educator, she has been recognized with several awards for teaching. 

Pamela brings her commitment to client centered care into the classroom as a faculty member of the massage therapy program at Algonquin College. She has received several awards including the Laurent Isabelle Award for excellence in teaching, and the President’s Star Award from Algonquin College. She was awarded the Ontario Massage Therapist Association the Meritorious Service Award and the President’s Award of Merit. Pamela has taught across Canada, the US and Hong Kong. Her workshops explore ethical challenges, the massage therapeutic relationship, massage therapy and trauma, and the treatment of scars. 

Susan Dupius, RMT

Susan Dupuis (Baawidigoongh Bimosed ~ Bear Walking Through the Rapids) is an Anishinabae que from Treaty 1 First Nation. She is an RMT in Brandon Manitoba, a Narrative Coach and intergenerational survivor of the Indian Residential School System.  
She is a member of the Inclusivity Committee and the Professional Development & Events Committee with MTAM. Susan received the Heather Whittaker Memorial Certificate of Recognition Award in May 2022 for her dedication to continuing education within the Massage Therapy profession. 

Registration opens for MTAM members February 1st 2023! Please visit the MTAM website page to Register.

Cancellations made by March 27, 2023 receive a full refund. Cancellations made from March 27 – April 10, 2023 receive a 50% refund on the full cost of the course. No refunds will be given on cancellations made after April 10, 2023 at 4:30 p.m.