Dr. Evan Adams is a citizen of Tla’amin (Sliammon) First Nation in Powell River, BC.
Evan served as Deputy Provincial Health Officer (BC), where he provided direction on First Nations health issues to the Ministry of Health, reported to First Nations citizens on health issues affecting the general population, and set out a path for the improvement of First Nations health and wellness. Evan completed an MD at the University of Calgary, an Aboriginal Family Practice residency at St Paul’s Hospital/UBC (as Chief Resident), and a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.
Aaniin Boozhoo, Dr. Mandy Buss is Métis from the Red River Settlement in Manitoba, Canada. She is the mother of an amazing 8 year old son. Mandy is a Family physician working in a resident teaching clinic that services northern transient patients, and marginalized community in the inner city of Winnipeg. She is the Indigenous Health Lead for the Faculty of Family Medicine and the Director of Indigenous Health Longitudinal Curriculum for the Undergrad Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba.
Jordan Carrier, a nêhiyaw-iskwêw (Plains Cree Woman – uses she/her pronouns), currently resides in the lands protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Agreement in Hamilton, Ontario. Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, she is a member of Piapot First Nation in Treaty Four and mom to twin teenage boys, Mahingan and Nikik.
Jordan holds a Diploma from Mohawk College in Native Community Care, a Bachelor of Education in Aboriginal Adult Education from Brock University and is currently completing a second degree (Hons BA) in Indigenous Studies at McMaster University. She has worked within the Urban Indigenous Community of Hamilton since 2005 at various organizations, such as De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre, Niwasa, and McMaster University. While at McMaster University, she has held roles as an Indigenous Student Success Advisor within Indigenous Student Services, Assistant Program Coordinator, Indigenous Recruitment and Liaison Officer for the Indigenous Students Health Sciences Office. In these roles, she was responsible for recruitment, retention, transition, advocacy, admissions, and the development of scholarships and bursaries. Jordan has focused her career on working collaboratively with many Indigenous voices on campus and in the community with the Indigenous Education Council, Faculty, Staff, Students, Traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders. Most recently, she has held the position of Coordinator, Indigenous Programming with the Indigenous Initiatives Unit at the University of Toronto Mississauga.
Jordan also volunteers with grassroots community projects and events. She is a member of the Inaugural Board of Directors for the Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre, a former parent member of the Human Rights & Equity Advisory Committee and the Indigenous Education Circle with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.
Dr. Jamaica Cass MD PhD CCFP
Dr. Jamaica Cass is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte. She practices Indigenous Health as a primary care physician on-reserve at Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and serves as the Indigenous Health Lead at the Toronto Metropolitan University School of Medicine.
In addition, as an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Queen's University, she
currently supervises both undergraduate clerks and family medicine residents.
Dr. Cass completed her family medicine residency at the University of Calgary. Prior to
her residency, Dr. Cass spent four years in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she completed her
Medical Doctorate at Tulane University.
With an extensive background in science, Dr. Cass earned her PhD from Queen's University in
breast cancer molecular biology before pursuing a career in medicine. She has been recognized with
several institutional, national and international awards, including the American Association for
Cancer Research MICR Scholar-in-Training Award, the Terry Fox Foundation Transdisciplinary
Award and the Robert Sutherland Fellowship. While a student at Queen's, she was active in
Indigenous mentorship and advocacy, serving on the Indigenous Council of Queen's University
and the Native Students' Association, and mentoring Indigenous undergraduate students. Outside of her 'day' jobs, Dr. Cass enjoys creating unique traditional Indigenous beadwork and has had her work exhibited in permanent and time-limited installations.
Bozhoo, my name is Michael Dumont. I am Anishinaabe (Marten Clan), a member of Shawanaga First Nation and I also carry mixed European ancestry. I am honoured to live as a guest on the unceded land of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, where I raise my 4yo daughter Evie.
As a family physician, I am privileged to work both on and off reserve in community primary care. I helped to establish Lu'ma Medical Centre in 2016, where I currently serve as Medical Director. We incorporate traditional Indigenous and Western medical approaches in our two-eyed seeing model of care, with Elders and Traditional Healers working alongside Indigenous physicians, nurses, counselors and social navigators. We are a core learning site for the Indigenous Family Medicine Residency program at UBC, where I also do some teaching with the undergraduate and postgraduate medical programs. I am proud to partner with Musqueam First Nation to deliver primary care on-reserve, and I currently serve as spokesperson for the First Nations and Aboriginal Primary Care Network (a partnership of 8 Indigenous owned/operated clinics across Metro Vancouver).
A member of IPAC since 2016, I currently serve as Vice President on our Board of Directors, and Chair the Working Group on Physician Wellness and Joy in Work for the National Consortium on Indigenous Medical Education.
Madeline Elder (she/her) is British, Irish, and Tsimshian from Lax Kw’alaams on her fathers’ side. She is currently in her third year of medical school at UBC, and passionate about Indigenous health research and advocacy.
Dr. Ojistoh Horn, Physician Director
Dr. Ojistoh Horn is a Mohawk from the community of Kahnawake. She is the eldest daughter of her mother Kahn-tineta Horn. She left Kahnawake when she was five, and went to elementary, middle, and public school in Ottawa. She moved back to Kahnawake after the Oka Crisis. She did an undergrad (BSc) in Anatomy and Cell Biology as well as a Masters (MSc) in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University and then worked as a researcher for the Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project. She interrupted this work to go to medical school at the University of British Columbia, then completed McGill's Family Medicine residency program with a fellowship in Maternal and Child Health. Dr. Horn now resides in Kahnawake with her husband and children, a mixed family of six children. She works mostly at the Kateri Memorial Hospital Centre where she does regular Family Medicine as well as long-term Geriatric Care, short-stay Acute Care, Pre-natal Care, and Well-baby Care. She also works in a hospital near the community where she practices low risk Obstetrics and Hospitalist Medicine. Providing health services for such a diverse set of problems is the hallmark of Family Medicine, and Dr. Horn is proud to have met her lifetime goal of providing such services within her own community. Delivering babies and following them through their infancy and childhood is the most rewarding. Her Auntie, Katsi Cook practices and teaches Midwifery, and has a strong knowledge of Mohawk and Iroquois birthing traditions. Dr. Horn is excited to learn her perspective, to see how these practices can be incorporated so that she may provide better, more culturally appropriate Pre-conceptual, Pre-natal, Birthing, and Post-natal Care to the families of her community.
Dr. Barry Lavallee Chief ExecutiveOfficer, Keewatinohk InniniwMinoayawinInc. Dr. Barry Lavallee is a member of the Metis community of St. Laurent, Manitoba and a descendent of Duck Bay and Lake Manitoba First Nations. Education and Experience as a Practitioner. He received his medical degree in 1988 and completed his training in family medicine in 1990, all at the University of Manitoba. He is a Doctor of Medicine (MD), Certified in the College of Family Physicians (CCFP Canada), a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians (FCFP Canada), and earned a Master of Clinical Sciences Degree in 2004 at Western Ontario University. Prior to joining Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. as the Medical Advisor (2019) and accepting the position of CEO of Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin Inc. (2020), he practiced general medicine in Winnipeg after 17 years of flying regularly to Tataskweyak First Nation to provide in-community physician services. He focused his entire career on improving care and outcomes for First Nations and Metis people –as a practicing physician and as an educator, researcher and advocate. He is the past president of the Indigenous Physicians Association in Canada and worked for ten years in partnership with Indigenous scholars and practitioners from Australia, Te Ora and Native Hawaii. His current interest clinically is the emergence of chronic diseases in First Nations in Manitoba and understanding the influence of colonialism and Indigenous specific racism as significant causation variables.
Priscilla (she/her) is of Haíɫzaqv, Nisga'a, and Portuguese ancestry from the Laxgibuu (wolf) clan. Born and raised in Vancouver, BC on the unceded and traditional lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, Priscilla is currently an MD candidate in the class of 2025 at the University of British Columbia. In addition to being a member of the TRC Report Card Committee, she serves as Director of Community Engagement for the Indigenous Medical Students’ Association of Canada.
Dr. Lisa Monkman is an Anishinaabe rural Family Physician. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba where she currently works as the Indigenous Health Curriculum lead at the PGME level. She practices primary care at the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation Medical Clinic. Lisa volunteers and sits on several different advisory boards including Returning to Spirit, the Mercury Disability Management Board, the Organizing Committee for the Meetings on Indigenous Child health and the Indigenous Health Advisory Committee to the Canadian Pediatric Society.
Dr. Sheila Peters is a Métis woman. Her mother, Shirley Fiddler, was a Treaty woman from Cowessess Nation. She is from the Pepin, Fleury, Tanner Families. Her father, Peter Nychuk, who has just. Celebrated his 100th birthday, is a Ukrainian settler. She’s a niece to eighteen, aunty to sixteen, great aunty to eight, a sister to five, and a mother of three (as well as a mother to four fur babies). She was born and raised in the small farming community of Shoal Lake, Manitoba.
Professionally, Dr. Peters is a proud graduate of the ACCESS Program through the University of Manitoba. She graduated from the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Medicine in 1993 and completed her Family Medicine Residency with a specialty in Emergency Medicine in 1997.
Dr. Peters recently finished a 25 year career at the Health Sciences Centre Emergency in April 2023, where she was an Attending Trauma and Academic Emergency Room physician, very involved in all levels of teaching.
In 2016, Dr. Peters started practicing Family Medicine at Access Centre Downtown, with a focus on maternal-fetal health and pediatric care. There, she serves her community, many of whom are unhoused, experiencing poverty, mental health issues, and addictions. Additionally, she has provided emergency care at the Thompson General Emergency intermittently for the past 25 years, Concordia Urgent Care, Kenora Emergency, and with VECTRs. On top of this, she has started her own cosmetic practice, where she offers services including Botox, fillers, and skincare.
In June 2022, Dr. Peters began working with Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin (KIM) as a Primary Care Advisor. Her main areas of focus there include portfolios of transforming the current EMS system, serving Thompson’s unhoused members Cancer Care, HIV, maternal-fetal health, and mentorship.
Dr. Peters’ love for both her personal and her work families, as well the many communities that she serves, is made evident by her tireless passion, energy, innovative creativity, and her ability to connect.
Kensington (she/her) is Anishinaabe Cree Métis from Onion Lake Cree Nation and mixed European on her mother's side, and was born and raised in Kelowna, BC on the unceded lands of the Syilx (Okanagan) people. Kensington has a B.Sc in Animal Bioscience and is an MD candidate in the 2026 class at the University of British Columbia.
Madeson Todd (she/her) is born and raised in Calgary on the Traditional Blackfoot territory with Indigenous roots from the Chinook speaking people from what is now known as Hedley, BC. She is currently a third year medical student at UBC and previously graduated from UBC in 2020 with a B.Sc. in Integrated science and a minor in Spanish, followed by a Masters of Biomedical Technology at U of C. Over these years, she’s been involved with several research projects, and is now thrilled to be part of the TRC Report Card Team!
Dr. Shannon Waters is Coast Salish and a member of Stz’uminus First Nation on Vancouver Island. She completed the First Nations Family Practice program at the University of British Columbia and worked as a family doctor in Duncan, BC.
While honored to work close to home, Shannon became frustrated with seeing people when they were unwell, and wanted to focus on maintaining health and well-being. She returned to school and completed her specialty training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine.
Shannon worked as the Director of Health Surveillance at First Nations and Inuit Health Branch and, at First Nations Health Authority as the Acting Senior Medical Officer for Vancouver Island Region. She has worked with Vancouver Island Health Authority as a Medical Director and with the Ministry of Health as the Aboriginal Physician Advisor.
She is currently honored to have come full circle and to be working in her home territory as the local Medical Health Officer with Island Health.
Dr. Nel Wieman is the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) in British Columbia. She is Anishinaabe (Little Grand Rapids First Nation, Manitoba) and lives, works and plays on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples – the səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Dr. Wieman has served as the President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC) since 2016.
Dr. Wieman completed her medical degree and psychiatry specialty training at McMaster University. Canada's first female Indigenous psychiatrist, Dr. Wieman has more than 20 years' clinical experience, working with Indigenous people in both rural/reserve and urban settings. Her previous activities include co-directing an Indigenous health research program in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and the National Network for Indigenous Mental Health Research, being Deputy Chair of Health Canada's Research Ethics Board, and serving on CIHR's Governing Council. She has also worked and taught in many academic settings, has chaired national advisory groups within First Nations Inuit Health Branch - Health Canada, and has served as a Director on many boards, including the Indspire Foundation and Pacific Blue Cross. She sits on the Executive Committee of the National Consortium on Indigenous Medical Education (NCIME). She has recently been appointed to the BC Provincial Task Team charged with ensuring implementation of the recommendations arising from the “In Plain Sight” report.
Dr. Wieman holds faculty appointments at Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia and McMaster University.
Dr. Don Wilson is a member of the Heiltsuk Nation with ancestral ties to the Haisla and Kitasoo-Xaixais Nations. He was born and raised in Bella Bella, BC, the home of the Heiltsuk people. He also has maternal Irish settler ancestry. He has been practicing general Obstetrics and Gynecology for 17 years, and currently lives and works in the unceded traditional territory of the K’omoks Nation on Vancouver Island. Dr. Wilson is the Regional Medical Director of Indigenous Health for Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. Dr. Wilson’s professional interests include Indigenous Health, International Women’s Health, LGBTQ+ health, and treatment of metabolic disorders.