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Indigenous Peoples, Health, and Reconciliation

Learning objectives for this presentation include:

  • Summarizing the important differences in terminology for Indigenous Peoples
  • Describing who has access to Non-Insured Health Benefits, as per the Indian Act
  • Summarizing critical Indigenous Peoples' health demographics
  • Describing cultural safety in healthcare and the service industry with respect to Indigenous Peoples
  • Identifying tangible ways to promote culturally safe healthcare for Indigenous Peoples and participate in Truth and Reconciliation

About the presenter:

Dr. Jaris Swidrovich (he/him) is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, and CIHR-funded researcher in the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. He is a queer, Two Spirit, Saulteaux and Ukrainian pharmacist from Yellow Quill First Nation. Dr. Swidrovich is the first and only self-identified Indigenous faculty member in pharmacy in Canada.  

He received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSP) from the University of Saskatchewan and a post-baccalaureate Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of Toronto. His areas of research and practice include HIV/AIDS, substance use disorders, 2SLGBTQ+ health, Indigenous health, social determinants of health, pharmacy practice, and health professions education. Dr. Swidrovich is also a PhD Candidate in Education at the University of Saskatchewan, where he is studying Indigenous Peoples’ experiences with pharmacy education in Canada.