This national webinar series provides an opportunity to share knowledge; experiences and perspectives in support of collective efforts to strengthen Indigenous cultural safety in health and social services.
Brad 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
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.