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 90 Indigenous medical student graduates since 2004 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

Two life paths, one shared journey

Siblings and Métis doctors Ben and Alexandra Sheppard recount their shared journey through UBC’s medical school.

Aligning health, heritage and wellbeing

Clinical Assistant Professor and Coast Salish member of the Stz’uminus First Nation, Shannon Waters shares more on her work to improve First Nations health.

Reconciliation Pole installed on UBC Vancouver campus

The 55-foot red cedar pole was carved by 7idansuu (Edenshaw), James Hart, Haida master carver and hereditary chief.

FNHA and UBC create chair to prevent cancer and improve well-being

The $3M project focuses on improving health and cancer outcomes in First Nations communities.

Nadine Caron wins the Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award

The award from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons recognizes physicians devoted to justice for Canada's Indigenous peoples.

Aboriginal PhD student Dustin King receives Governor General’s Gold Medal

King received the prestigious medal in recognition of his PhD research.

New Dakelh doctors look northward

Childhood friends Nathan Teegee and Todd Alec are among nine Aboriginal MDs graduating from the Faculty of Medicine this year.

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.