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Dr. Cornelia (Nel) Wieman, PresidentDr. Cornelia (Nel) Wieman, President, is Canada’s first female Indigenous psychiatrist (Anishnawbe – Little Grand Rapids First Nation, Manitoba). In January 2018, Nel joined the First Nations Health Authority in BC as a Senior Medical Officer, Mental Health & Wellness, in the FNHA’s Office of the Chief Medical Officer. From 2013-2018, she was a staff psychiatrist at the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, in CAMH’s Aboriginal Services Unit, Tele-psychiatry Service (Northern Psychiatric Outreach Program), Crisis Clinic and General Assessment Clinic. Since 2016, Nel has also served as the Faculty Advisor to the Indigenous Students’ Health Sciences Office at McMaster University. Prior to this, Nel was a member of the Clinical Support Team at YWCA Toronto’s Elm Centre providing psychiatric services to over 100 women living with serious mental illness and addictions, and was a special consultant to the Chief Public Health Officer of the Public Health Agency of Canada. From 2004-2011, she was the Co-Director of the Indigenous Health Research Development Program and an Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Nel began her career by providing psychiatric services at the community mental health clinic on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory (1997-2005) after completing her medical degree (1993) and while completing her psychiatry specialty training (1998) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. In February 2013, Nel was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. (Photo: Danielle Soucy)
Dr. Evan Adams, Vice President

Dr. Evan Adams, Vice President, is a citizen of Tla’amin (Sliammon) First Nation in Powell River, BC, and Chief Medical Officer at the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), the first health authority of its kind in Canada. In this role, Evan acts as the “face” of the FNHA’s public health function and serves as its representative / keynote speaker at health conferences and community events. He also develops and/or strengthens partnerships with First Nations health governance partners, BC First Nations, provincial and federal government health agencies, and other FNHA departments, to establish relationships and action plans. Before joining the FNHA, 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. (Photo: Red Works Photography)

Dr. Samantha Boshart, Treasurer

Dr. Samantha Boshart, Treasurer, is a family physician who has practised in Indigenous Health in southwestern Ontario since 2015. She brings her unique experience as a mixed-race Indigenous-German-French woman to her medical practice through a holistic approach: after giving her patients the time they need to share the physical, emotional, spiritual and mental aspects of their experience as they understand it, Samantha uses her knowledge of both allopathic and Indigenous medicine to support and encourage them on their paths of healing and wellness. She also brings her gifts of intuition and calming energy to each patient encounter and is able to guide her patients in practising yoga; her own yoga practice spans more than 10 years. Striving to maintain her personal wellness is important to Samantha, who believes wellness is contagious. She is committed to providing medical education to future physicians regarding the impact of racism, ignorance and complacency on the health outcomes of Indigenous people in her role as faculty member at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University. You can often find Samantha in Wortley Village in London, Ontario, walking with her young daughter or enjoying coffee and conversation with friends. (Photo: The Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry)

Dr. Cornelia (Nel) Wieman, President

Dr. Cornelia (Nel) Wieman, President, is Canada's first female Indigenous psychiatrist (Anishnawbe – Little Grand Rapids First Nation, Manitoba). In January 2018, Nel joined the First Nations Health Authority in BC as a Senior Medical Officer, Mental Health & Wellness, in the FNHA's Office of the Chief Medical Officer. From 2013-2018, she was a staff psychiatrist at the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, in CAMH’s Aboriginal Services Unit, Tele-psychiatry Service (Northern Psychiatric Outreach Program), Crisis Clinic and General Assessment Clinic. Since 2016, Nel has also served as the Faculty Advisor to the Indigenous Students’ Health Sciences Office at McMaster University. Prior to this, Nel was a member of the Clinical Support Team at YWCA Toronto’s Elm Centre providing psychiatric services to over 100 women living with serious mental illness and addictions, and was a special consultant to the Chief Public Health Officer of the Public Health Agency of Canada. From 2004-2011, she was the Co-Director of the Indigenous Health Research Development Program and an Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Nel began her career by providing psychiatric services at the community mental health clinic on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory (1997-2005) after completing her medical degree (1993) and while completing her psychiatry specialty training (1998) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. In February 2013, Nel was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. (Photo: Danielle Soucy)

Dr. Evan Adams, Vice President

Dr. Evan Adams, Vice President, is a citizen of Tla’amin (Sliammon) First Nation in Powell River, BC, and Chief Medical Officer at the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), the first health authority of its kind in Canada. In this role, Evan acts as the “face” of the FNHA’s public health function and serves as its representative / keynote speaker at health conferences and community events. He also develops and/or strengthens partnerships with First Nations health governance partners, BC First Nations, provincial and federal government health agencies, and other FNHA departments, to establish relationships and action plans. Before joining the FNHA, 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. (Photo: Red Works Photography)

Dr. Samantha Boshart, Treasurer

Dr. Samantha Boshart, Treasurer, is a family physician who has practised in Indigenous Health in southwestern Ontario since 2015. She brings her unique experience as a mixed-race Indigenous-German-French woman to her medical practice through a holistic approach: after giving her patients the time they need to share the physical, emotional, spiritual and mental aspects of their experience as they understand it, Samantha uses her knowledge of both allopathic and Indigenous medicine to support and encourage them on their paths of healing and wellness. She also brings her gifts of intuition and calming energy to each patient encounter and is able to guide her patients in practising yoga; her own yoga practice spans more than 10 years. Striving to maintain her personal wellness is important to Samantha, who believes wellness is contagious. She is committed to providing medical education to future physicians regarding the impact of racism, ignorance and complacency on the health outcomes of Indigenous people in her role as faculty member at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University. You can often find Samantha in Wortley Village in London, Ontario, walking with her young daughter or enjoying coffee and conversation with friends. (Photo: The Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry)