Dr. Shannon McDonald
Shannon is proudly Metis/Anishinabe with deep roots in the Red River Valley of Manitoba. She is married with 5 children and two wonderful grandsons (and 2 dogs). She lives in Victoria. She trained as physician, completing her MD in 1998 (at the tender age of 40), followed with post-graduate medical training in Community Medicine and Psychiatry. She has had broad experience at multiple levels of health care service delivery and health administration in challenging environments. She has worked for over 20 years in the area of First Nations and Aboriginal Health, and is an experienced manager in the federal and provincial government contexts – most recently for 5 years as the Exec Director of Aboriginal Health at the BC Ministry of Health. She joined FNHA in September of 2015 as the Senior Medical Officer for Vancouver Island, but has recently accepted the newly created position of Deputy Chief Medical Officer for FNHA. Shannon has been recognized for working very effectively in highly complex, multi-stakeholder and multi-jurisdictional environments, capably and strategically representing the needs and interests of First Nations individuals, families and communities. She is a visionary, result-oriented leader with significant accomplishments in leading transformative change, including implementation of information and communications technologies. She prides herself on having the ability to work collaboratively at all levels of any organization, and in multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional teams. Deeply committed to the principles of supporting capacity and community development as keys to improving health status among all people, she recognizes and supports the strengths and aspirations of community level stakeholders.
Dr. Terri Aldred
Dr. Aldred is an Alumni of the University of Alberta for Doctor of Medicine and UBC from the Indigenous Family Medicine Program. She is a Family Physician for Carrier Sekani Family Services and Foundry Clinic Prince George. Dr. Aldred is also the Site Director for the Indigenous Family Medicine Program, Indigenous Lead at the Rural Coordination Center of BC, and a board member of the BCCFP.
Mr. Harley Eagle
Harley Eagle, MA, is Dakota and Ojibway, and a member of Whitecap Dakota First Nation. He looks to Indigenous life ways to guide his work. His experience includes training and consultation in the fields of transforming conflict, anti-racism, dismantling oppression, cultural safety and trauma healing. He is often invited to speak at conferences both nationally and internationally. Harley holds a Masters of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management and currently resides on Vancouver Island.