Presented on February 17, 2023
Building on the November Chapter webinar, Looking Back – Looking Forward, Addie Pryce, VP Aboriginal Partnerships, Interior Health will be joined by colleagues Nicole Cross, VP Indigenous Health, Northern Health, and Joe Gallagher, VP Indigenous Health and Cultural Safety, Provincial Health Services to share in dialogue and storytelling about their journey as Indigenous Health Leaders and their vision for our way forward.
Joe Gallagher, Kwunuhmen, Vice President, Indigenous Health and Cultural Safety, Provincial Health Services Authority
In this new executive role, Joe Gallagher will guide the further development and evolution of PHSA’s Indigenous Health and Cultural Safety strategy, lead the delivery of cultural safety and humility education, and support PHSA’s Indigenous Health and Human Resources Plan. Joe is Coast Salish from the Tla’amin First Nation and has already made extraordinary contributions to B.C.’s health-care system over the course of his career. Joe was the founding chief executive officer of the First Nations Health Authority, the first and only health authority of its kind in Canada, and served as CEO from 2009-2019. Prior to this role, Joe held senior leadership roles at a number of governmental and First Nations organizations, working in areas including health care, community development, economic development and intergovernmental affairs. In the last year, Joe has provided executive-level consulting support to B.C. health regulatory colleges and other institutions as they work to address Indigenous-specific racism and achieve cultural safety and humility in health-care settings.
Addie Pryce, Vice President Aboriginal Partnerships Interior Health
Throughout her career, Addie has worked exclusively in Aboriginal health programming within regional and national organizations. Establishing and maintaining positive partnerships with First Nations, Métis and Inuit people and organizations has been key in all areas of her work. Addie has held senior management roles within BC and Ontario, including working with the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and the First Nations Information Governance Centre. Most recently, Addie was the Director of the Health Sector for the Assembly of First Nations, where she advocated for First Nations’ health and well-being. Addie has worked on various provincial and national committees, including the First Nations Head Start National Advisory Committee, the Pacific Indian Health Executive Committee and many others. She presented the work of the BC First Nations Head Start Program at the International Conference in Health in Paris in 2001, and the Aboriginal Head Start On-Reserve Program at the Sure Start Conference in England in 2005. Addie also worked on the development of program guidelines for working with autistic children and was the recipient of an Assistant Deputy Minister Award of Excellence in relation to work with early childhood development. Addie is from the Nisga’a Nation of Ginglox, on the north coast of British Columbia, and she is excited to move to the Okanagan to live, work and play on the land of the Aboriginal Peoples within the Interior Health region.
Nicole Cross, Vice President, Indigenous Health, Northern Health
Nicole Cross, Noxs Ni’isYuus, belongs to the Killerwhale Clan and the House of Niisyuus and was born and Raised in the Nisga’a community of Laxgalts’ap. Nicole has held various leadership positions supporting Indigenous Health which have included working as an Indigenous Patient Liaison at UHNBC, Health Director Tsay keh Dene, ten years of supporting First Nations Health Authority in Northern BC in various roles and most recently, an assignment with the Ministry of Health as the Executive Director and Assistant Deputy Minister of Indigenous Health. The compliment of these experiences and relationships with community and health colleagues throughout the North are the ones Nicole treasures and carries forward in her role with Northern Health. Nicole graduated from Nisga’a Elementary Secondary School and received her Bachelo’rs degree from the University of Victoria and a Master of Health Administration from the University of British Columbia.
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