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, Indigenous Family Medicine Residency Program, and certificate programs in Indigenous Public Health are just 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 130 Indigenous medical student graduates since 2006 and a growing number completing residency training in communities across the province.

An increasing number of Indigenous learners are also training in our Health Professions programs, including Midwifery, Genetic Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Medical Laboratory Science.

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 accessible, inclusive, representative and equitable.


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

Reconciliation in action

On May 21, 11 new Indigenous doctors celebrated their graduation from medical school.

UBC program graduates Indigenous MDs to bridge health gap

UBC grad Rebekah Eatmon reflects on her journey to improve access to health care.

Improving health in your community

UBC grad Michael Dumont is leading an innovative Indigenous health care clinic.

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.

With gratitude, we acknowledge that the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine and its distributed programs, which include four university academic campuses, are located on traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of Indigenous peoples around the province.

We respectfully acknowledge that the UBC Vancouver-Point Grey academic campus is located on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and UBC operations in Vancouver more generally are also on the territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh).

We respectfully acknowledge that the UBC Okanagan academic campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation.

We respectfully acknowledge that the University of Northern BC Prince George campus is located on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh, who are part of the Dakelh (Carrier) First Nations.

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territories the University of Victoria is located and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.