Leader, Indigenous Health
Adam was raised on Vancouver Island on the unceded traditional territories of the Quw’utsun Nation. With a mixed ethnic background of settler-colonial European and African American heritage, the tension between unearned privilege as a (mostly) white-presenting male, and the experience of racialization, motivates his personal reflections and professional passion to understand systems of social reproduction – and strategies to interrupt them.
Adam began his career in Indigenous Health in 2016 with the First Nations Health Council before moving to the First Nations Health Authority in 2017. Adam had the privilege of working alongside BC First Nations communities in the development of FNHA’s urban and away from home framework before transitioning to the work of embedding cultural safety and humility (CSH) and eliminating Indigenous-specific racism from the health system. As a senior advisor in CSH with FNHA, Adam developed educational materials, guidance on anti-racism policy and process, and supported system-wide initiatives to improve health services for BC First Nations such as the In Plain Sight Task Team and the HSO Cultural Safety and Humility Standard.
Adam believes that a meaningful and fulfilling life is found through service, and finds it an honour to be able to utilize his passion and gifts to contribute to a more culturally and psychologically safe health system for all. He is always up for a casual or in depth conversation about social theory and systems change. When Adam doesn’t have his face in a book or glued to screen, he can usually be found building and playing modular synthesizers or cycling on the weekend to a gulf island to recharge in nature. Adam currently lives on the unceded and shared traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-waututh Nations with his spouse and two unruly cats.
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