FHS Seminar Series - Medicine Unbundled

by Gary Geddes, Author of FHS Reads! 2018 Book, Medicine Unbundled: A Journey through the Minefields of Indigenous Health Care

October 11, 2018

Event Type

Seminar Series


October 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Blusson Hall, Room 9920


The segregated Indian hospitals have played a devastating role in degrading Indigenous health and wellbeing in Canada, their negative impact extending into the present where racist attitudes continue to play havoc with health. I will be talking about the challenges of researching and writing about these issues, based on extensive reading and interviews with Indigenous elders. Much of the material involves the experiences shared with me by survivors, whose resilience, grace under fire, and humour have kept them alive, if not always in good health. This is the missing chapter in our book of failed promises to First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples; and medical faculties—doctors, nurses and other health care practitioners—will be the front-line workers in bringing about the necessary changes.


Gary Geddes has written and edited close to 50 books of poetry, fiction, drama, non-fiction, criticism, translation, and anthologies and won a dozen national and international literary awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Americas Region), the Lt-Governor's Award for Literary Excellence, and the Gabriela Mistral Prize. Geddes has a PhD from U of T and has taught at Concordia, Western Washington University, and University of Missouri-St. Louis and has been writer-in-residence at U. of Alberta, UBC’s Green College, Ottawa U. and the Vancouver Public Library. He lives on Thetis Island, BC with his wife, the novelist Ann Eriksson.

  • This Seminar Series is open to the SFU and the Broader Research Community.  
  • This seminar may be webcast and recorded.
  • A light lunch will be available at this seminar.  
  • The FHS Research Seminar Series is an Accredited Small Group Learning by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.