Indigenous Health

First Nations Art Indigenous Health is an important priority for provincial and federal governments in Canada.

Several chronic diseases are disproportionately significant among Indigenous populations and the burdens of these diseases are greater for many Indigenous people.

Indigenous communities approach wellbeing through a holistic and integrative framework that incorporates all aspects of life, instead of through a disease-focused lens. Indigenous Health is a natural fit for a cross-cutting research initiative and a collaborative approach that spans Indigenous communities and departments across the University, creating a platform for health benefit in populations throughout the country.

At UBC, there are over 60 researchers working on various aspects of Indigenous Health using a variety of approaches, including basic, clinical, social, and population-level research. These researchers span both campuses and 12 Faculties, including Medicine, Arts, Education, Applied Science, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Science, Dentistry, Law, Forestry, Land and Food Systems, UBC-O Faculty of Health & Social Development and UBC-O Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences.

Relevant Institutes and Centres

Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health

News and Events

Cross-cutting researcher gathering—On June 8th, 2017, Helen Burt [AVP Research & Innovation], Mike Coughtrie [Dean of Pharmaceutical Sciences] and Nadine Caron and Martin Schechter [Co-directors of the Centre for excellence in Indigenous Health], hosted a gathering of researchers working across Faculties in Indigenous Health to identify and create opportunities for cross-cutting research collaboration. For more information on outcomes of the gathering or to ensure that you are added to the Indigenous Health research communications list as this initiative progresses, please e-mail Kyle Demes.