Indigenous Health

“sʔi:ɬqəy̓ qeqən (Double-Headed Serpent Post)” Brent Sparrow Jr., Musqueam

Helping to improve health and wellness for Indigenous populations and communities is a key priority for UBC and the Faculty of Medicine.

The Indigenous MD admissions program, Family Medicine Residency Program, Indigenous, and certificate programs in Indigenous Public Health are some of the ways the Faculty of Medicine is helping to increase the number, and retention of, Indigenous health professionals in B.C. and across Canada in response to the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action. Our medical school is now training more Indigenous doctors than ever before, with more than 100 Indigenous medical student graduates since 2006 and a growing number completing residency training in communities across the province. Through their work in communities in B.C. and across the country, faculty, staff and learners are helping to build a health care system that is more inclusive, representative and equitable.


Indigenous Peoples in Canada have higher death rates, complications after surgery

The researchers looked at nearly 30 studies that compared surgical outcomes across a range of procedures.

Canadian Cancer Society honours Dr. Nadine Caron for ground-breaking achievements and visionary leadership in cancer research

2020 Awards for Excellence introduces new prizes for lifetime contribution and inclusive excellence.

Dr. Terri Aldred awarded Resident Doctors of Canada honour for medical education

She was honoured with the RDoC Mikhael Award for Medical Education.

Addressing Indigenous-specific systemic racism in B.C.’s health-care system

A message from Dermot Kelleher, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Vice-President, Health, UBC

Meet Indigenous MD alumna Randi George

Randi aims to build connection, trust, and congruency between Indigenous peoples and the medical community.

James Andrew inducted into UBC’s 25 Year Club

As Indigenous Student Initiatives Manager, Andrew has helped to build the Indigenous MD Admissions Program.

Improving Indigenous cancer outcomes and wellness

Dr. Nadine Caron named founding First Nations Health Authority Chair in Cancer and Wellness at UBC

We acknowledge:

The Vancouver Fraser Medical Program and the Vancouver Academic Campus of the University of British Columbia are situated on the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. The Southern Medical Program and the Okanagan Academic Campus of the University of British Columbia are situated on the territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation. The Northern Medical Program and the University of Northern BC are situated on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh, part of the Dakelh (Carrier) First Nations. With respect the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional territory the Island Medical Program and the University of Victoria stand and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.