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  Laughing "Irregardless": Multimedia Aborginal Humour

    The Enduring Power of Smoke Signals and the Making of an Iconic Character

Following a screening of Smoke Signals (written by Sherman Alexie), Dr. Evan Adams, BC Deputy Provincial Health Officer and actor, will discuss with Duncan McCue (Anishinaabe), CBC, the enduring power of story telling and how humour helps deal with difficult realities of family matters.

When: Thu, 25 Oct 2012 6:00 PM

Where: Fletcher Challenge Theatre, SFU Vancouver
515 Hastings Street, Vancouver  

Admission: by donation (suggested donation $5.00)

This program is curated and moderated by Aboriginal filmmaker, Loretta Todd. It is presented by the Bill Reid Gallery with support from: Canada Council for the Arts, Face The World Foundation, United States Consulate General Vancouver, SFU Vancouver, and SFU Office for Aboriginal Peoples.

It is an SFU Public Square event.

L: Dr Evan Adams. R: Duncan McCue

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Dr. Evan Adams is a Coast Salish actor and physician from the Sliammon Band near Powell River, BC. Evan is a full-scholarship alumnus of St. Michaels University School and of Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific – both in Victoria, BC.

Evan stars in the Emmy-winning TV-movie "Lost in the Barrens" and its nominated sequel "Curse of the Viking Grave" and as Thomas Builds-The-Fire in ShadowCatcher Entertainment’s SMOKE SIGNALS, written by Sherman Alexie and directed by Chris Eyre, for which he won Best Actor awards from the American Indian Film Festival, and from First Americans in the Arts, and a 1999 Independent Spirit Award. Evan is the past host of Aboriginal Peoples Television Network’s #1-rated show Buffalo Tracks, starred  in FallsApart Production's American feature The Business of Fancydancing, and had a recurring role on the CBC TV-series DA VINCI’S CITY HALL.

Aside from his career in the arts, Evan has completed 3 years of pre-med studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC), a Medical Doctorate from the University of Calgary in 2002, and a Family Practice residency (as Chief Resident) in the Aboriginal Family Practice program at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, BC. He is the 2005 winner of the (provincial) Family Medicine Resident Leadership Award from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), and the 2005 national winner of the Murray Stalker Award from the CFPC Research and Education Foundation. He is the past-President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada, and is currently the Director of the Division of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health, UBC Department of Family Practice. He obtained his MPH in 2009 with the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health while working with the Office of the Provincial Health Officer. In April 2012, Dr. Adams was appointed Deputy Provincial Health Officer (DPHO) with responsibility for Aboriginal health. In this role, he supports the work of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), reports on the health of Aboriginal people in BC, and supports the development and operations of the First Nations Health Authority.

Duncan McCue has been a reporter for CBC News in Vancouver for 12 years. His award-winning news and current affairs pieces are featured on CBC's flagship news show, CBC News, The National.

McCue's recent honours include a Jack Webster Award for Best Feature, and he was awarded a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University for 2010-2011. Prior to that, he was awarded a network RTNDA Award for Best Long Feature, and his second regional RTNDA Diversity Award for his coverage of aboriginal issues.

He is also an adjunct professor at the UBC School of Journalism, and has taught journalism to indigenous students at First Nations University and Capilano University.

Before becoming a journalist, Duncan studied English at the University of King's College, then law at UBC. He was called to the bar in British Columbia in 1998.

Duncan is Anishinaabe, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation in southern Ontario. He lives with his wife and two children in Vancouver.

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