Operations Team

With guidance from the Governing Council, the Operations Team (OT) is responsible for the implementation of BC NEIHR policies, programs and activities. The OT includes NPI Jeff Reading (SFU), Evan Adams (First Nations Health Authority), Nadine Caron (UNBC, UBC), Daniel Sims (UNBC), Krista Stelkia (SFU), Rob Hancock (UVic), as well as Tara Erb (Network Coordinator). With support from the IHRFs and partners, the OT collaborates to fulfill the following responsibilities: policy implementation, program development and implementation, and partnership and funding development. The OT meets monthly as well as during the annual Governing Council in-person meeting.

Nominated Principal Investigator:

Dr. Jeffrey Reading

Jeffrey Reading has more than two decades of experience enhancing knowledge in Indigenous health issues, both in Canada and globally. He obtained a Master of Science (1991) and Doctor of Philosophy (1994) in Community Health Sciences, (now the Dalla Lana Faculty of Public Health) at the University of Toronto. He was the inaugural Scientific Director of the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research from 2000 to 2008. Jeff led a movement calling for a national advanced research agenda in the area of Aboriginal Peoples’ health and led the CIHR cross-cutting initiative in rural and northern health research. Jeff’s broad interests in research in Public Health has brought attention to issues including but not limited to the social determinants of health, environmental issues including the provision of safe potable water, health promotion and disease prevention, heart health, diabetes, tobacco misuse and accessibility to health care among Aboriginal Canadians. Jeff has played a pivotal role in the introduction of Canadian ethics guidelines for Aboriginal health research. In 2016, Jeff was appointed the Inaugural British Columbia First Nations Health Authority Chair in Heart Health and Wellness at St. Paul’s Hospital based at Simon Fraser University, renewed in 2021 for 5 years to 2026. Jeff is a member of the BC Covid-19 strategic research advisory committee.

 

Network Coordinator:

Tara Erb, University of Victoria

Tara is of mixed Moose Cree First Nation from Moose Factory and French European ancestry and grew up in Toronto, Ontario. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at the University of Victoria (UVic) and a Master of Arts in Sociology (UVic), with a research focus on facilitating Indigenous cultural safety and anti-racism training. Tara is currently completing her Ph.D. in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University under the supervision of Dr. Krista Stelkia with a research focus on Indigenous Cultural Safety in Research Environments/Structures, specifically ethics and ethical processes. Her research interests include Indigenous health and wellness, Indigenous cultural safety, anti-Indigenous racism and social theory.

Currently, Tara is the Network Coordinator of the BC NEIHR residing as a guest on the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEC peoples territory.

 

Administrative Assistant:

Kali Douglas, University of Victoria

Kali is a settler of mixed European and Ashkenazi Jewish descent who has spent most of her life on the unceded lands of the WSÁNEĆ, lək̓ʷəŋən and Kʼómoks peoples. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a Minor in Indigenous Studies at the University of Victoria. Her academic interests include Indigenous health, education and governance, as well as food sovereignty and self-determination. Kali appreciates the opportunity to work with the BC NEIHR and continue her learning journey.

Currently, Kali is the Administrative Assistant of the BC NEIHR, residing as an uninvited guest on the ancestral and unceded lands of the Quw’utsun / Cowichan Tribes, whose living language is Hul’q’umi’num.

 

Research Associate:

Julianne Barry, UBC Okanagan

Julianne is of mixed Ojibwe from M’Chigeeng First Nation and European ancestry and grew up on the Traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Peoples. She completed a Master of Science in Biology (UBC Okanagan) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies: Health and Exercise Sciences (UBC Okanagan). She completed her postdoctoral training with Dr. Donna Kurtz within the Indigenous Health Promotion and Cultural Safety Team (School of Nursing, UBC Okanagan). Within her postdoctoral training, she was part of the Urban Indigenous Health Collective working together to connect Traditional and Western Knowledge, improve health equity and wellness, and increase access to local culturally safe wholistic services for urban Indigenous communities. Her research interests include Indigenous health and wellness, diabetes and weight wholistic health, cultural safety, and community-led research.

Currently, Julianne is the Research Associate of the BC NEIHR residing as a guest on the Traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Peoples.

 

Research Administrative Coordinators:

Georgia Huggan, Central European University

Georgia is a settler of European descent born on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Gender, Sexuality, Feminism and Social Justice at McGill University. She continued her educational journey at Central European University in Vienna, Austria, where she completed her Master’s degree in Gender Studies. Her research focused on anti-Indigenous racism within maternity care practices in rural and remote communities in British Columbia. Her research interests include health equity, reproductive justice, and Indigenous health and wellness.

Currently, Georgia is a Research Administrative Coordinator for the BC NEIHR, residing as an uninvited guest on the territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Lindsay Botterill, UBC Okanagan

Lindsay is a settler of Ukrainian and Scottish descent, originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations at UBC (Okanagan) and her Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (UBCO) with a research focus on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) policy adaptations during the pandemic and evaluation of responses to non-profits’ needs during this time. In addition, she worked as a research assistant on projects for urban Indigenous youth focused on (w)holistic health, community building, and program evaluation. Lindsay’s research interests include gender violence, policy creation and adaptations, intersectional and Indigenous feminism, land-based healing, and community-based approaches.

Currently, Lindsay is a Research Administrative Coordinator for the BC NEIHR, residing on the unceded and ancestral territory of the Syilx and Splatsin peoples.