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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. Darlene Kitty, Secretary

Dr. Darlene Kitty, Secretary, is a Cree woman and family physician practising since 2006 in Chisasibi, the largest of nine Cree communities in northern Quebec. Darlene is also Clinical Representative on the Board of Directors of the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay; President of the Council of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists of Region 18 (the Cree Territory in northern Quebec); Director of the Indigenous Program at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine; and a past president of IPAC. In her clinical and administrative work, Darlene advocates for the health and well-being of Indigenous patients and their families. In her position at the U of O, Darlene works diligently to recruit, admit and support Indigenous students to become physicians, and is involved in Indigenous health curriculum development and teaching, as well as in contributing to academic activities in Indigenous health as Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Grand Rounds for several specialty programs. Throughout her career, Darlene has collaborated with various stakeholders including the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, the Canadian Medical Association, and the College of Family Physicians of Canada Indigenous Health Working Group, on Indigenous-relevant committee work, research, publications and presentations.

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. Lisa Monkman Kinew, Physician Director

Dr. Lisa Monkman Kinew, Physician Director, is an Anishinaabe family physician with experience in both rural and urban settings. A graduate of the University of Manitoba, Lisa provides primary care to Winnipeg's inner city residents and homeless population at the Access Downtown Medical Clinic. She recently founded an addictions-medicine-focused outreach clinic in Swan River, MB in response to IVDU-related outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis C infections, and is also working on establishing a medical clinic in the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation in partnership with the community and the U of M’s Northern Medical Unit. A founding board member of the IPAC, Lisa also serves on the board of Returning to Spirit, a non-profit organization that seeks to heal the wounds of residential schools; the Mercury Disability Management Board; the organizing committee for the 5th, 6th and 7th International Meetings on Indigenous Child Health; and the Canadian Pediatric Society’s Indigenous Health Advisory Committee. In her free time, Lisa enjoys practising yoga; she is a certified yoga instructor. She hopes to eventually day pursue a Master's degree in Public Health, and in the meantime remains committed to serving the Indigenous community here in Manitoba. (Photo: Tony Nardella)

Tamara Pokrupa-Nahanni, Resident-Director

Tamara Pokrupa-Nahanni, Resident-Director, is a first-year Family Medicine Resident at the University of Ottawa. Her Native name, given to her by her late mother, is Sadehdin. It means Rising Sun in Dene. Despite living far from her band in the Northwest Territories, Tamara stays connected to her roots by getting involved in urban/local Indigenous activities. During her Undergraduate Degree she was a facilitator for the Canadian Roots Exchange program, which brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth together on and off reserves. She also held a position at the Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services where she worked with invaluable people who were dedicated to creating a safe space for Indigenous students at a critical time in their lives. While at medical school, Tamara was co-Director for the Aboriginal Health Interest Group and held cultural and educational events for her peers. Tamara hopes to use her Family Medicine Degree to serve the Indigenous population in Moose Factory after she graduates. In her spare time she enjoys acrylic painting and researching ways to be more ecologically sustainable. (Photo: Diana Duong)

Yotakahron Christa Jonathan, Student-Director

Christa Jonathan, Student-Director, is a Mohawk Bear Clan from the Dragging Antler family and a medical student at McMaster University's Niagara Regional Campus. Christa has a Master’s degree in Sociology, with a focus on the social determinants of health for Indigenous people. She is also a traditional Indigenous doula, an Indigenous mentor with the Indigenous Students Health Science office, a member of the Indigenous Health Task Force, a co-chair of both the Indigenous Health Interest Group and the Indigenous Health Curriculum Task Force, a Local Officer of Indigenous Health through the Canadian Federation of Medical Students, a mentor with the McMaster program, and a member of the HEART team, which is working to create an elective in the Social Determinants of Health. She is interested in the Community Health Residency program - a combination of Family Medicine and Public Health. She plans to open her own practice in her home of Six Nations reserve. In her free time, she enjoys working on her traditional crafts, catching up on her research projects, traveling to new countries (she's been to 43 countries so far!), and spending time with her friends and family. (Photo: Gary Fishman)

Dr. Rose Lenser, outgoing Physician Director

Dr. Rose Lenser, outgoing Physician Director, is of Wet’suwet’en heritage and a member of Squamish First Nation. She was born and raised in Terrace, BC, and earned her medical degree at the University of British Columbia in 1999. After completing her medical training, where she specialized in family practice, Rose did locum work in First Nations communities and remote areas of BC. In 2003, she established her practice in Victoria. Maternity care is a specialty, but her practice also includes caring for all kinds of patients, from babies to the elderly. Rose is a fellow in the College of Family Physicians of Canada and a clinical instructor with the UBC Family Practice Residency Program, where she enjoys teaching the next generation of physicians. She lives in Saanich where she loves spending time with her family and their dog, taking long bike rides, and running. (Photo: William J. Hamilton)

Dr. Nolan Hop Wo, outgoing Resident Director

Dr. Nolan Hop Wo, outgoing Resident Director, is a psychiatrist who graduated from the University of Western Ontario (UWO) Psychiatry program on June 30, 2017. He comes from a mixed background; his father is ethnic Chinese, and his mother, Métis. Nolan served as IPAC Resident Director from 2014 to 2017, and has been an IPAC member since he was a medical student at UBC in 2008. Prior to medical school, he trained as a registered nurse, volunteering and completing a clinical placement at the Siksika Nation Reserve, Alberta. He will be returning to Alberta to start a job as an in-patient psychiatrist at The Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury, in Ponoka, this August. He looks forward to collaborating with, supporting and learning from Indigenous patients and families in Alberta. In his spare time, he is a mediocre but enthusiastic drummer, and also enjoys reading and listening to music. (Photo: Lena Carvalho-Gabriel, LCG Photography)

Ms. Rebekah Eatmon, outgoing Student Director

Ms. Rebekah Eatmon, outgoing Student Director, is a Tsimshian and Métis fourth-year medical student in the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine. Her father is from Port Simpson in BC and her mother has ancestry tracing back to the Red River settlement. Rebekah plans on becoming a family doctor and serving the urban Indigenous community within the Vancouver area. She has been extensively involved in UBC’s Medical Indigenous community, and enjoys helping to educate the UBC medical community on Indigenous health. She recently spent two weeks with future Indigenous health care practitioners at the UBC summer science camp and says she had a blast! Rebekah is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and excitement for health care with current and future Indigenous Health Care providers. (Photo: Nicolas Mirisklavos)