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Task team membership


  • Bryce Mercredi, Métis, Fort Chipewyan
  • Roberta Price, Coast Salish, Snuneymuxw and Cowichan Nations


  • Dawn Thomas Aa ap waa iik (Task Team co-chair), Snuneymuxw First Nation, associate deputy minister, Indigenous Health and Reconciliation, Ministry of Health (MoH)
  • Richard Jock (TT co-chair), member of the Mohawks of Akwesasne, CEO First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)
  • Dr. Kate Elliott (TT co-chair), Métis Women BC chair; Minister of Mental Health and Addictions; Minister for Women and Gender Equity


  • Chief Don Tom, Tsartlip First Nation, Coast Salish of the WSANEC and Stzmenus people, and NUU-CHAN-NULTH of the Ahousaht vice-president Union of BC Indian Chiefs, First Nations Leadership Council (First Nations Leadership Council)
  • Regional Chief Terry Teegee B.SC, Dakelh, Gitxsan and Sekani descent and is a member of Takla Nation; BC Assembly of First Nations elected Regional Chief, First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC)
  • Cheryl Casimer (?aq‡smaknik pi¢ak pa‡kiy), Ktunaxa Nation from the community of ?aq̓am; First Nations Summit Political Executive, First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC)
  • Dr. David W. Byres, Interim President and CEO, Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)
  • Brad Anderson, Cree from Saddle Lake First Nation in Alberta, senior director, Indigenous cultural safety programs, Provincial Health Service Authority (PHSA)
  • Christina Krause, CEO BC Patient Safety & Quality Council and adjunct professor, school of population and public health, faculty of medicine at the University of British Columbia
  • Dr. Ray Markham, rural general practitioner in the villages of Valemount and McBride on Lheidli T’enneh and Simpcw territory; executive director, Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCBC)
  • Chris Mazurkewich, former CEO Interior Health
  • Dr. R. Lynn Stevenson, Ph.D., RN, senior health care executive
  • Dr. Cornelia (Nel) Wieman, MSc, MD, FRCPC, Anishinaabe from Little Grand Rapids First Nation, acting deputy chief medical officer, First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)
  • Michelle DeGroot, Tk'emlups te Secwepemc, VP of regional operations, Fraser Salish First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)
  • Dr. Sheila Blackstock, Gitxsan First Nations, board of directors First Nations Health Authority (FNHA); associate teaching professor and senior lecturer in the school of nursing at Thompson Rivers University
  • Tania Dick, registered nurse, Dzawada’enuxw First Nations of Kingcome Inlet, First Nations Health Council (FNHC)
  • Bev Lambert, Cree from Saulteau First Nations in Moberly Lake, B.C., elected representative for northeastern B.C., First Nations Health Council (FNHC)
  • Wade Grant, Musqueam First Nation, intergovernmental officer for the Musqueam First Nation; Chair First Nations Health Council (FNHC)
  • Ko’waintco Michel, member of the Nooaitch community, part of the Nlaka’pamux Nation (NLX), NLX Nation representative at the Interior Region Nation Executive table, First Nations Health Council (FNHC)
  • Judy Maas, a Dene/Cree from Blueberry River First Nation of the Treaty 8 territory, Splatsin health director, First Nations Health Directors Association (FNHDA)
  • Ts'i:m (Grand Chief Doug Kelly), Fraser Salish Region
  • Ron Rice Wush’q, Cowichan Tribes of the Coast Salish Nation, executive director Victoria Native Friendship Centre (VNFC)
  • Lissa Smith, A/president Métis Nation BC (MNBC)
  • Daniel Fontaine, deputy minister Métis Nation BC (MNBC)
  • Patrick Harriott, Vancouver Island and Powell River regional director; Minister of Citizenship and Community Services; Minister of Culture, Heritage and Language (MNBC)
  • Louis De Jaeger, A/vice president; Lower Mainland regional director; Minister of Economic Development and Natural Resources (MNBC)
  • Debra Fisher, Kootenays regional director; Minister of Children and Families; Minister of Education (MNBC)
  • Susie Hooper, northwest regional director; Minister of Environmental Protection; Minister of Post-Secondary Education (MNBC)
  • Paulette Flamond, northeast regional director; Minister of Health (MNBC)
  • Chris Gall, chief public affairs officer (MNBC)
  • Tanya Davoren, senior director health; Mental Health and Addictions, Elders (MNBC)
The task team and In Plain Sight

In June 2020, the Minister of Health commissioned Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond to lead an independent review in response to reports of Indigenous-specific racism in health care.

The review, In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care, documented widespread Indigenous-specific racism, discrimination and stereotyping in the B.C. health system.

The report details the effects of racism and discrimination, including health disparity, poor health outcomes, inequitable access to health care, infringement of rights, stigma and harm, and a lack of dignity and respect for First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.

The report also provided 24 recommendations aimed at confronting the behaviours, beliefs and systems that uphold the legacy of colonialism and, as they are implemented, will contribute to the creation of a system that respects Indigenous people’s rights to safe access and substantive equality within health care.

Within the In Plain Sight report, Recommendation 24 directs the Ministry of Health to establish a task team mandated to propel the implementation of the recommendations forward. The task team will produce a public report at the 24-month mark in addition to providing periodic updates.

The task team is comprised of a Métis and First Nation Elder, First Nations and Métis partners, Indigenous leaders, and non-Indigenous allies from across the province and throughout the health-care sector.

Members were appointed by the Ministry of Health based on their expertise in addressing systemic racism, the health-care system and cultural safety and humility and together they share extensive experience, knowledge and wisdom.