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JCC Webinar: Métis and Mental Health and Substance Use in British Columbia

February 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Event Details:

The Joint Collaborative Committees hosted a panel comprised of Métis Nation British Columbia health/mental health staff and Métis physicians to learn about harm reduction services that are provided to Métis citizens such as the Mental Health Navigator Program and the Counselling Connect Program.


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Keynote Presenters

Tanya Davoren - Executive Director, Health | Mental Health & Harm Reduction | Elders & Veterans Wellness

Tanya Davoren is the Executive Director of Health and Mental Health & Harm Reduction for Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) and a proud citizen who has worked for the Nation for 15 years. She is passionate and committed to her work and the relationships she has built across numerous sectors. Tanya’s career started as a Registered Nurse in hospital and then later as a Patient Care Coordinator/Nursing Care Clinician before “taking a leap of faith” and going to work for her Métis community at Métis Nation British Columbia in the summer of 2008. The transition was well worth it, and she has been able to put her health knowledge, advocacy skills, and unique leadership style to work, to build from one sole staff member to a growing team of forty-eight staff.

Tanya Davoren, as Executive Director has negotiated over one hundred contribution agreements at the federal, provincial, and regional levels. Tanya is the lead on an information sharing agreement between the BC Ministry of Health and Métis Nation British Columbia’s citizenship registry. An informed consent process for Métis Citizens has led to citizen specific data being available in British Columbia for the very first time. Tanya is well known for her work in program development and Community outreach at MNBC.

Combining the celebration of her Métis heritage and her passion for health has created an extremely satisfying career where she has been given the opportunity to actively work towards better health and wellness for her fellow Métis Citizens as MNBC’s Executive Director. She currently works from her home office in Vernon with her husband Rob, and their three adult children.

Dr Kate Elliott, Métis Women BC Chair, Minister of Women and Gender Equity, and Minister of Mental Health and Harm Reduction

Dr Kate Elliott is an early career family physician who is passionate about strengthening equitable access to health care for Indigenous Peoples. She is proud member of Metis Nation of Greater Victoria She current works with Cool-Aid Community Health center and Victoria Native Friendship Centre. She provides mobile outreach to the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homeless housing site and Pacheedaht First Nation.

With a strong interest in supporting Indigenous health care initiatives, she is completed her residency in Indigenous Family Medicine at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine Dr. Elliott also holds the position of Minister of Women & Gender Equity and Minister of Mental Health & Addictions for Metis Nation British Columbia. She served as Co-Chair for the In Plain Sight provincial task team in efforts to contribute to the deconstruction of anti-indigenous racism within the BC healthcare system.


February 28
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm