2018 Keynote Speakers

DAY 1 – DR. EVAN ADAMS

Evan Tlesla II Adams is a Coast Salish physician and actor from Tla’amin Nation near Powell River, BC, Canada. Evan stars in the Emmy-winning TV-movie Lost in the Barrens and its nominated sequel Curse of the Viking Grave. He also appears in the feature film Toby McTeague and the Fox-TV movie Lakota Moon. On the stage, some of his highlights include the role of Edmund in Women in View’s Lear, Creature Nataways in the Arts Club Theatre’s production of Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, and Jamie in Headlines Theatre’s Mamu.

 Aside from his career in the arts, Evan has completed 3 years of pre-med studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC), a Medical Doctorate from the University of Calgary in 2002, and a Family Practice residency (as Chief Resident) in the Aboriginal Family Practice program at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC. Dr. Adams has a Masters of Public Health (2009) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He was the first-ever Aboriginal Health Physician Advisor in the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, BC Ministry of Health and with the (BC) First Nations Health Council (2007-2012). He is currently the Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority.

 

DAY 2 – DR. TRUDY CARDINAL

Dr. Trudy Cardinal is a Cree/Metis educator from Northern Alberta. She is currently an assistant professor in the Elementary Education department of the University of Alberta. As a former Elementary School teacher of 13 years, a mother, a grandmother, an aunty, and an Indigenous scholar she is dedicated to continuing to deepen understanding of the educational experiences of First Nations, Metis & Inuit children, youth and families. Her current research is an inquiry into former teacher education students’ thinking in regards to the possibilities relational pedagogies and Indigenous ways of being and knowing create for shifting how schooling attends to literacy, particularly literacy in an Indigenous context.

 

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