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Dr. Evan Adams, Deputy Provincial Health Officer.

Evan Adams is a Coast Salish actor and physician from the Sliammon Band near Powell River, BC, Canada.

Evan is a full-scholarship alumnus of St. Michaels University School and of Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific – both of Victoria, BC.

Evan stars in the Emmy-winning TV-movie "Lost in the Barrens" and its nominated sequel "Curse of the Viking Grave" and as Thomas Builds-The-Fire in ShadowCatcher Entertainment’s SMOKE SIGNALS, written by Sherman Alexie and directed by Chris Eyre, for which he won Best Actor awards from the American Indian Film Festival, and from First Americans in the Arts, and a 1999 Independent Spirit Award. Evan is the past host of Aboriginal Peoples Television Network’s #1-rated show Buffalo Tracks, starred  in FallsApart Production's American feature The Business of Fancydancing, and had a recurring role on the CBC TV-series DA VINCI’S CITY HALL.

Aside from his career in the arts, Evan has completed 3 years of pre-med studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC), a Medical Doctorate from the University of Calgary in 2002, and a Family Practice residency (as Chief Resident) in the Aboriginal Family Practice program at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, BC. He is the 2005 winner of the (provincial) Family Medicine Resident Leadership Award from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), and the 2005 national winner of the Murray Stalker Award from the CFPC Research and Education Foundation. He is the past-President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada, and is currently the Director of the Division of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health, UBC Department of Family Practice. He obtained his MPH in 2009 with the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health while working with the Office of the Provincial Health Officer.

In April 2012, Dr. Adams was appointed Deputy Provincial Health Officer (DPHO) with responsibility for Aboriginal health. In this role, he supports the work of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), reports on the health of Aboriginal people in BC, and supports the development and operations of the First Nations Health Authority.

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