Addressing Anti-Indigenous Racism in Health Care: Strategies for Implementing System-level Change

Brad Anderson and Dr. Victoria Smye

November 30, 2017 10:30 am - 12:00 pm PST 1:30 - 3:00 pm EST

Presenters

Brad Anderson

Brad AndersonBrad Anderson is a member of the Saddle Lake Indian Band from the
Cree Nation in Alberta. Brad has been with Interior Health (IH) for 10 years
and for the last six years served as Corporate Director of Aboriginal
Health, and has worked with seven distinct First Nations, which comprise
54 bands, as well as 15 chartered Métis communities and numerous
Urban Aboriginal organizations. An area of pride for Brad is the
development of IH’s Aboriginal Health and Wellness Plan 2015-2019,
which includes the priority of advancing cultural competency and safety. At
IH, Brad led collaborative work with Aboriginal leaders to build strong
relationships and develop an environment of reciprocal accountability and
knowledge exchange. Brad completed his Master’s degree in Community
Development through the University of Victoria. Brad is married to Jodi
and they have a 11-year-old son Carter. He and his family have lived in
the Secwepemc territory in Kamloops for the past 20 years.

Dr. Victoria Smye

Victoria Smye Dr. Victoria Smye (Vicki) is a settler Canadian from Hamilton, Ontario,
the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe People.
She is faculty and the Director of the Arthur Labatt School of Nursing,
Faculty of Health Sciences, at Western University (since January1,
2017). Vicki began on an academic career path as faculty at the
University of Victoria in 2001 after over 25 years in clinical practice and
prior to her current position at Western was faculty and Director, Nursing
Programs, at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology
(UOIT)(2014-2016) and faculty at UBC (2005-2014) . Currently Vicki’s
program of research is located at the intersections of violence, gender,
poverty, mental health and substance use and Indigenous health. Overthe past decade she had led several CIHR-funded studies conducted in collaboration with other researchers, community agencies and
community members that cross these domains of practice. At this time she is leading a study entitled, Aboriginal Men’s Health Narrative: Reclaiming our Lives and also has been a co-investigator on several
studies, including health equity research in primary health Vicki also is a mother of three and grandmother of six.

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