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 120 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.

Stories

Dr. Nadine Caron awarded Order of B.C. for 2022

Dr. Caron is a member of the Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation and a surgical oncologist in northern B.C.

Celebrating Indigenous strength in medicine

This week, 10 new Indigenous doctors celebrated their graduation from medical school.

Namaste Marsden appointed as inaugural Director, Indigenous Engagement

She will provide vision, strategic leadership and diplomacy in advancing further development and implementation of the Faculty's Response to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Derek Thompson, Thlaapkiituup, appointed Indigenous Initiatives Advisor, Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

He will provide leadership and support across the Faculty to help create and sustain learning and work environments based on standards of cultural safety and humility, and that will address Indigenous specific racism and discrimination.

Dr. Nadine Caron appointed Special Advisor on Indigenous Health

Dr. Caron will provide vision, leadership and diplomacy in advancing both the Faculty’s and UBC Health's strategic focus on promoting an Indigenous lens on collaborative health education and research.

Bridging gaps in community health care

UBC medical resident Willow Thickson is helping to create a safer space for Indigenous patients in BC.

UBC Faculty of Medicine Response to the TRC Calls to Action Launch

The Faculty formally launched and reflected upon its Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action at a virtual event on June 25, 2021.

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.