Elder Roberta Price – Coast Salish, Snuneymuxw and Cowichan, Nations. Roberta is the mother of 4 children and grandmother to 8 beloved grandchildren. She has worked for many years as an Elder for the Richmond, Delta & Burnaby School Districts where she has facilitated cultural teaching circles in lower mainland schools for 33 years and is also frequently called to support adult learners at the UBC Learning Exchange in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Roberta works closely with the Aboriginal Wellness Program at Vancouver Coastal Health where she is the Elder-in-Residence and works with the Aboriginal Patient Navigators Program to support patients in many Vancouver Coastal Health hospitals and health care centres. She also provides services traditional and healing services for the Elder Visiting Program at BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital and at St. Paul’s Hospital. Roberta has worked with the UBC School of Nursing as an Adviser/Research Partner and Elder for over 10-years providing Indigenous leadership and support on research projects about women’s intimate partner violence, mental health and equity. She currently is a Co-Principal Investigator on a large CIHR funded study to improve care for Indigenous People in Emergency Units. She is the Elder for Critical Research in Health and Health Care Inequities (CRiHHI) School of Nursing, University of British Columbia and also sits as an Elder on the National Indigenous Council on Diabetes. She is inspired to provide guidance and leadership on several community, equity-based and culturally-safe research projects and is now an adjunct clinical professor in the UBC Department of Family Medicine.
David Tu, MD is a Canadian Family Physician with a clinical focus on inner-city medicine, Aboriginal Health, and HIV. Dr. Tu grew up in Toronto, Canada, and attended medical school at McMaster University. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and went on to complete a 1-year Research Fellowship at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Tu currently works as a clinician at the Urban Indigenous Health & Healing Cooperative and at Lu’ma Medical Clinic and as a medical educator with the UBC Aboriginal Family Practice Residency Stream. He has been the Physician Leader for the Vancouver Coastal Health STOP-HIV project and has previously worked as a Clinical Associate on the HIV ward at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital. Dr. Tu is a Clinical Assistant Professor and former Community Based Clinical Researcher at the University of British Columba’s Department of Family Practice. Dr. Tu’s current research interests focus on issues related to improving systems of health care for Indigenous Peoples, with a focus on HIV, Hepatitis C, and Depression. His recent published research work has focused on application of the Chronic Care Model to HIV care, application of Self-Management support strategies for people with HIV, and partnership models of care between Traditional Indigenous and mainstream health care practices. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and his two children
Jennifer Dehoney – BHK, BSc.(PT) — Missanabie Cree First Nation Jennifer is a registered physiotherapist and a certified health & wellness coach and a consultant on a variety of Indigenous health initiatives. She has previously worked as a pediatric physiotherapist in Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver and with two Dene communities in northern Saskatchewan. She spent 3-years coordinating the Mmmooooooke Na Sii Yea Yeaaa (All my Relations) Program within Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, which was a partnership model of care between Indigenous Elders and Western-trained clinicians. She has facilitated Indigenous Cultural Safety sessions for nearly 2-years with Vancouver Coastal Health and other not-for-profit organizations. She recently coordinated the work of an independent panel working for the Huu-ay-aht First Nation which was dedicated to strengthening Indigenous families by preventing the loss of children into the foster care system and reconnecting children to their Nation. She is a founding board member with the Urban Indigenous Health & Healing Cooperative where she supports the well-being of Indigenous parents, grandparents and families. Her professional work is dedicated to acts of reconciliation that create space, relationships and equity for Indigenous people within health and social justice environments. She lives on the unceded homelands of the Coast Salish people with her husband and their two young children.