Advisory Circle


Cheryl Ward

Cheryl Ward
Namgis, Kwakwaka’wakw
Co-Chair PHSA Indigenous Health in BC


Diane Smylie
Red River Métis
Co-Chair SOAHAC in Ontario


ICS Webinar Advisory Circle

Our Advisory Circle is made up of a team of leaders from across disciplines who are committed to promoting Indigenous perspectives and addressing the inequities embedded within and across our systems. Members of the Advisory Circle provide input and overall direction to the content of the webinars and select speakers who are well respected for their knowledge, experience and contributions to the field. Advisory Circle members are selected each year, with each new group bringing additional perspectives and insights. We extend our gratitude to those who have come before and those who are with us now as they provide a continuity of voice and direction in guiding the series.

Heartfelt thanks to our Advisory Circle members from last year and a very warm welcome to those who have joined us this year.




Gertie Mai Muise
Mi’kmaq from Bay St. George
National Consultant on Indigenous Healthcare Development, Community Wellness and Development


Janet Smylie
Métis (Prairies)
Director of the Well Living House Action Research Centre for Indigenous Infant, Child, and Family Health and Wellbeing


Jeanette Edwards
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Strategic Lead for Community Health, Quality and Learning with Shared Health in Manitoba, teaches at the University of Manitoba


Lynda Gray
Ts’msyen Nation
Author of the National Bestseller First Nations 101, former Executive Director of the Urban Native Youth Association, Public Speaker, and Independent Contractor

 Lise New

Lise Haddock
Métis from Ste. Eustache, Manitoba
Executive Child Welfare Specialist, Advocate for Social Justice Issues locally, provincially, and nationally.  




Leah Fontaine
Ojibway from Sagkeeng & Brokenhead
First Nations, Manitoba
In 2006 Leah joined the British Columbia Prosecution Service (BCPS) and is currently on a secondment to address the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's justice-related Calls to Action.