The School of Health Policy & Management and the Faculty of Health are honoured to present the 2019-2010 Indigenous Lecture Series on Indigenous Health and Decolonisation. These six lectures will bring Canada's most respected Indigenous leaders in healthcare to the York University campus to engage in a discussion of the pressing health issues facing Indigenous Peoples in Canada and how we, as an institution, can move forward in our process of decolonisation. Each of these lectures will consist of a 30-45 minutes presentation by the keynote speaker, followed by a 45 minutes facilitated discussion with 2-3 of our faculty members. A small lunch will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis.
On November 14th, 2019, we are honoured to host Dr. Janet Smylie as our third speaker.
Dr. Janet Smylie is a family physician and public health researcher. She currently works as a research scientist in Indigenous health at St. Michael's hospital, Centre for Urban Health Solutions (CUHS), where she directs the Well Living House Applied Research Centre for Indigenous Infant, Child and Family Health. Her primary academic appointment is as a Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She maintains a part-time clinical practice with Inner City Health Associates at Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto. Dr. Smylie has practiced and taught family medicine in a variety of Aboriginal communities both urban and rural. She is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario, with Métis roots in the prairies.
Her research interests are focused in the area of addressing the health inequities that challenge Indigenous infants, children and their families through applied health services research. Dr. Smylie currently leads multiple research projects in partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities/organizations. She holds a CIHR Applied Public Health Research Chair in Indigenous Health Knowledge and Information and was honoured with a National Aboriginal Achievement (Indspire) Award in Health in 2012. A Métis woman, Dr. Smylie acknowledges her family, teachers, and lodge.
Organizer of Indigenous Lecture Series: Dr. Janet Smylie
Dr. Sean Hillier is a queer Mi’kmaw scholar from the Qalipu First Nation. He is a former CIHR doctoral scholar in the area of Indigenous Peoples living with HIV. His research focuses on how policy shapes and impacts health care for Indigenous Peoples in Canada. He continues to work in the area of HIV research and is an Investigator with the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network. Dr. Hillier is also an Investigator and Member of the Executive Team for the SSHRC funded research project: Imagining Age-Friendly ’communities within communities’. He has extensive background and expertise in community-based & engaged research with a focus on Indigenous methods and traditional ways of knowing and being.
Sean is an advocate for human rights and equality. He has served on Ryerson’s Research Ethics Board, as their First Nations, Inuit, Metis expert, is currently a Member of the Board of Directors at the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), and was formerly Co-Chair of Pride Toronto and WorldPride 2014 Toronto.