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.


Integrating cultural practices improves health care for Indigenous women living with partner violence

Study co-authored by Roberta Price from the Department of Family Practice highlights the importance of a holistic approach towards healing.

Breaking down walls: Indigenous students win gold

A team of UBC health sciences students won first place at an international event for Indigenous allied health professionals.

Bridging the gap

Dr. Laura Arbour is leading the Silent Genome project to improve access to genetic care for Indigenous populations.

Continuing a legacy through medicine

Brothers Keegan, Miles, and Noah Marchand are aiming to make a difference in the lives of other Indigenous people.

New UBC public health program will train Indigenous health leaders

The new program, representing the first of its kind in Canada, aims to address health inequities by training Indigenous health leaders working in communities across the country.

Indigenous people face higher risk of transportation injuries in B.C.

Overall hospitalization rates for transport injuries in B.C. declined by more than two-thirds between 1991 and 2010.

Bursaries keep talent growing in Indigenous health

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.