Advisory Circle

Cheryl Ward

Dr. Cheryl Ward
Namgis, Kwakwaka’wakw
Chair PHSA Indigenous Health in BC​



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.




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 


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

Lise New

Lise Haddock
Métis from Ste. Eustache, Manitoba
Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association: Cowichan Valley Branch. She is an 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. 


Diane Longboat

Kahontakwas Diane Longboat,
Mohawk Nation, Turtle Clan, Six Nations Grand River Territory
Diane is a Grandmother, an educator (MEd.), healer and traditional teacher. She is a builder, creating First Nations House at the University of Toronto, Soul of the Mother healing lodge, and the Ceremony Grounds at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. 


Diane Smylie
Red River Métis
San’yas – Ontario
Diane has held leadership roles in collaborative initiatives to support quality improvement and program development in the areas of harm reduction, women’s and children’s substance use/mental health services, trauma-informed practice and Indigenous cultural safety. Diane is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario.


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