Dr. Nadine Caron
Dr. Caron is the first Indigenous woman to graduate from the University of British Columbia's medical school at the top of her class and Canada's first female First Nations general surgeon. She was born in Kamloops, British Columbia, completed her BSc in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University in 1993, and completed her MD at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine. She also completed an MA in Public Health at Harvard University. She works as a general endocrine surgeon and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. In an interview with CBC, she says she's optimistic about the future of Indigenous health care in Canada, but there is so much work still to be done: "Sometimes I'm so optimistic...And then on other days I experience things in the hallways or I hear things that are unintended to be heard and you just hang your head ... And so I think in the end it's just like anything else. We're not there yet but we don't even have the right to stop trying to get there." She believes that Indigenous healing practices and Western medicine can coexist, but that "First Nations people and our other Aboriginal people in Canada really need to be respected." You can find her profile at UBC here.