Indigenous Health Research Facilitators (IHRFs)


IHRF Vancouver/Fraser valley region:


Zoe Verlaan (she/her) is of mixed descent, Nlaka’pamux from the Spuzzum First Nation and Dutch ancestry and grew up in Enderby, British Columbia. She has completed her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Victoria (UVic) and is currently completing a Master of Arts in Political Science at UVic, with a focus on relationships with an Indigenous, queer-informed, feminist lens. Her research interests include radical relationships, resurgence and decolonization, Indigenous feminisms, and queer theory.

Currently, Zoe is an Indigenous Health Research Facilitator with the BC NEIHR residing as a guest on the traditional and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səlilwətaɬ.

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IHRF Interior/North regions:


Laura McNab-Coombs is a Métis woman whose roots on her father’s side run deep in Battleford Saskatchewan, while those of her mother’s are of settler ancestry (England). While Laura is completing her Health Sciences degree majoring in Biomedical Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia, she is also fulfilling the role of a Graduate Peer Mentor. She is currently employed with the BC NEIHR as an Indigenous Health Research Facilitator for both the Interior and North, thus dividing her time between the unceded ancestral territories of the Sinixt, Syilx, Ktunaxa, Secwepemc and Lheidli T’enneh (Dakelh) peoples.


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IHRF Vancouver Island Region:


Jimena Garcia (Achalchiuitl) is a Global Leadership Master (M. A) student in Royal Roads University. Her research is focused on Indigenous-led recovery, revitalization and practice of traditional medicine, healing, and well-being practices. She has studied and practiced Indigenous medicine in multicultural contexts, bridging intercultural partnerships, and creating products and educational campaigns for women’s health.

She is currently employed as an Indigenous Health Research Facilitator with the BC NEIHR, living as uninvited guest on the traditional Lək̓ʷəŋən territory.

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