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TUFH 2022: Keynote 1: Learning with Indigenous People Towards Advancing Equity & Wellbeing

Reclaiming Indigenous Children’s Futures through Home Visits and Intergenerational Playspaces

Special thank you to BCLions for supporting the Cedar Project in the Downtown East Side!

Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE-Canada) program and CHES’ Clinical Educator Fellowship Program (CEFP). Applications are now OPEN!

The first Indigenous female surgeon in Canada is battling for health justice

Nadine Caron was appalled to hear racist views about Indigenous health from a project adviser. So she’s fighting to change perceptions.

Learn how to get involved with Orange shirt day | National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2022

Dr. Martin Schechter appointed to the Order of Canada for 2022

Celebrate National Indigenous History Month with the CEIH this summer!

Be sure to check out the resources and events that are happening throughout BC this month.

Nadine Caron and Shawna Narayan receive Envisioning Equality awards

Faculty of medicine community members Dr. Nadine Caron and Shawna Narayan have been named recipients of UBC’s inaugural Envisioning Equality awards.


The awards celebrate exceptional women and gender-diverse faculty and staff who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their individual academic or professional practice and significant impact through mentoring and community engagement. Each recipient will be represented in a unique image featured on street banners on UBC campus.

Despite sustained efforts to improve Indigenous people’s health, significant gaps, such as life expectancy and child mortality remain between the dominant and Indigenous populations in Australia and Canada – clearly, reform is needed. The first webinar will look to some of UQ and UBC’s leading researchers to help us understand what more can be done to close the gap and improve Indigenous health outcomes. More about the session can be found here.

Watch the session here:

Read Dr. Nadine Caron’s “Inspirational Women in Surgery: Dr. Nadine R. Caron, Canada” by Janice L. Pasieka on SpringLink

Celebrate Orange Shirt Day | National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with UBC 2021

Every child matters. On September 30th, people across Canada wear orange and participate in Orange Shirt Day events to recognize and raise awareness about the history and legacies of the residential school system in Canada.

Congratulations to our very own Melanie Rivers for painting the gorgeous cover for “Sacred and Strong”!

A new report about the health and wellness of First Nations women and girls in BC features the voices of 120 women to create connections beyond the numbers. Called Sacred and Strong

Upholding Our Matriarchal Values, the report contains data, stories and teachings about the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health and well-being of First Nations women.

Dr. Nadine Caron has been appointed as Special Advisor on Indigenous Health to the Dean, Faculty of Medicine and to the Vice-President, Health.

Dr. Nadine Caron partners with TELUS STORYHIVE to tell us her story about “Voicing the Silent Genome”

Almost no genomic research has been done for Indigenous populations in Canada. Dr. Nadine Caron and her team at the Silent Genomes Project are changing that with their groundbreaking project.

Watch “Voicing the Silent Genome” video here:

Famous 5 Foundation webinar featuring: Dr Nadine Caron & Peter Mansbridge

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Dr. Nadine Caron named founding First Nations Health Authority Chair in Cancer and Wellness at UBC

Dr. Nadine Caron — Canada’s first female First Nations general surgeon — has been appointed to a newly created UBC position dedicated to improving cancer outcomes and wellness among Indigenous peoples.

UBC launches Canada’s first Indigenous-focused graduate certificate in public health

UBC’s Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health (CEIH) has launched a 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Public Health (GCIPH) as well as a non-credit certificate to improve Indigenous representation in public health. This initiative marks Canada’s first public health professional development program that has an Indigenous focus.

Aiming to be accessible to professionals who work full time or those who live in remote communities, GCIPH offers four one-week intensive “institutes,” covering two courses per week. Since the institutes only happen twice a year — in February and August — participants are expected to take at least two years to finish the program.

The Other Side of “Being First”

Dr. Nadine Caron is the first female Indigenous graduate of the University of British Columbia’s School of Medicine, and the first female Indigenous general surgeon in Canada. Nadine asks us the question, is being the first always good. Recorded at TEDxUNBC in Prince George, BC. Dr. Caron asks us to look at the implications of what it means to be the first person to achieve something. The first female general surgeon or the first leader of a political party from a minority group. Society enjoys celebrating these accomplishments, but should we? What burden does being the first to achieve something put on the person. Also, what obstacles were there for others that limited them from being the first.

Watch Dr. Nadine Caron’s TedTalk here:

Dr. Nadine Caron – Recipient of the 2016 Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award

In recognition for her work in advocating for Indigenous rights and cultural safety, Dr. Nadine Caron has received the 2016 Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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Nadine Caron is the First Canadian Indigenous Surgeon

Nadine Caron is Canada’s first female Indigenous surgeon. But that achievement hasn’t shielded her from racism within Canada’s health-care system.

Watch Dr. Nadine Caron’s CBC interview here:

Two major gifts aim to grow ranks of aboriginal health providers

UBC President Arvind Gupta, third year medical student Ellie Parton, Linc Kesler (Director of the UBC First Nations House of Learning and Senior Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs), and donors Rudy and Patricia North.

The University of British Columbia has received two $1-million donations to grow the number of aboriginal doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and other health professionals.

FNHA and UBC establish chair to prevent cancer and improve wellbeing

UBC President Santa Ono and Joe Gallagher, chief executive officer of the FNHA, announce a new chair to improve cancer outcomes and wellness among First Nations and Indigenous peoples. Credit: Lindsey Donovan Photography.

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and the University of British Columbia have created a faculty position dedicated to improving cancer outcomes and overall wellness among First Nations and Indigenous people.

Oleman, Recipient of the R. Paul Kerston Award

Gerry Oleman is an Elder, knowledge keeper, mentor, role model, collaborator, ceremonialist, story teller, healer, educator. He has been a teacher at UBC for over 15 years, sharing his story of his residential school experiences with medical, dentistry, and social work students as well as teaching family practice residents. Gerry facilitated UBC’s Truth and Reconciliation process at the UBC Longhouse and is the Elder in Residence for UBC’s Summer Science – an initiative that brings Indigenous high school students to UBC for one week of science and cultural activities.

Nadine Caron receives honorary degree from University of Fraser Valley

She’s a physician and surgeon, leader, professor, researcher, athlete, role model, mentor, coach, and advocate, but when Dr. Nadine Caron started university in 1988, she wasn’t sure where it would take her. She did, however, know it was a path worth following.

Caron will be recognized for her outstanding achievements with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the University of the Fraser Valley at its June 7 Convocation ceremonies.

“I wasn’t sure what doors university would open for me, but I knew it was exciting enough to want to explore. My parents made it abundantly clear that education was the key to success.”

New Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health launched at UBC

The School of Population and Public Health will serve as the home of the UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health. Photo: Martin Dee

Indigenous health practitioners have a new home at the University of British Columbia, sparking renewed engagement with Indigenous peoples and communities across B.C. and beyond.

The UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health (CEIH), which opened at the start of this year, will serve as a single point of contact within the university for support, training and resources for Indigenous health. It will also be the primary conduit for Indigenous communities that want to connect with UBC, its programs and health researchers.

“We want to increase the research capacity in Indigenous health and to empower community members to do their own research, setting their own priorities,” says CEIH co-director Nadine Caron.


Past newsletters from the UBC Division of Aboriginal People’s Health are provided for archival purposes.