Evan Tlesla II Adams is a Coast Salish actor & physician from the Tla’amin First Nation near Powell River, BC, Canada. Evan stars as Thomas Builds-The-Fire in Miramax’s SMOKE SIGNALS, written by Sherman Alexie & directed by Chris Eyre. He also won Best Actor awards from the American Indian Film Festival, & from First Americans in the Arts, & a 1999 Independent Spirit Award for ‘Best Debut Performance’. He won a 2011 Gemini Award for co-hosting the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards along with Adam Beach. Aside from his career in the arts, Evan has completed a Medical Doctorate from the University of Calgary in 2002, & a residency in the Aboriginal Family Practice program at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, BC. Dr. Adams has a Masters of Public Health (2009) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He was the first-ever Aboriginal Health Physician Advisor in the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, BC Ministry of Health (2007-2012). He was the Deputy Provincial Health Officer for the province of BC from 2012 to 2014. He is currently the Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority.
Dr. Evan Adams is a motivational speaker who offers perspectives from Indigenous realities, academia, medicine & the performing arts.
Setting the Policy Table: Restricting Marketing of Sugary Foods & Drinks to Children, Heart & Stroke Foundation – June 27, 2017
One Story of 2-eyed Seeing, Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education, Melbourne, Australia – April 5, 2017
Indigenous Health & Risk Management, United Nations Regional Platform Panel Session on Indigenous Populations & Risk Reduction, Montreal, QC – March 7, 2017
Youth & Drugs/Tobacco/Alcohol Use: Harm-Reduction Message, Gathering Our Voices Youth Conference, Kelowna, BC - March 21, 2017
Traditional Medicine & Practice pre-forum presentation, BCSQC Quality Forum, Vancouver, BC - February 28, 2017
Building a Strong Heart: Intergenerational Trauma & Achieving Strength & Resilience for Parents & Young Children, Early Learning Forum Keynote, Skidegate Health Centre Haida Gwaii - February 22, 2017
Opioid Crisis – Harm-Reduction Approach, Strathcona /Downtown East Side Town Hall with VCH CMO Dr. Patricia Daly - January 19, 2017
Towards a 10-Year Population Health & Wellness Agenda – co-presenter Dr. Perry Kendall, Provincial Health Officer, Ministry of Health – Gathering Wisdom VIII, Vancouver, BC – November 30, 2016
Opening Keynote – American Indian Society of Science & Engineering (AISES) National Conference on Educational, Professional and Workforce Development, Minneapolis, MN – November 10, 2016
One Eye Forward, One Eye Back: Transforming the Health Care System in BC – 17th Annual Carl Moore Lectureship, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON – September 28, 2016
Nothing About Us Without Us: Implementing the TRC Calls to Action on Health, Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Indigenous Wellness Conference, Vancouver, BC – August 23, 2016
Indigenous Child Health in BC, International Associations of Pediatricians (IPA) Congress, Vancouver, BC – August 19, 2016
One Eye Forward, One Eye Back – Healing Our Spirit Worldwide – The Seventh Gathering, Mauri Ora, New Zealand, November 16, 2015
Improving the Health of Native People: A Public Health Approach – American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Exposition, Boston, MA, November 6, 2013
Award-winning Canadian actor & medical doctor, Evan Adams is a member of the Tla'amin (Sliammon) First Nation from the Upper Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. He is an experienced motivational speaker.
Evan Adams played Thomas Builds-The-Fire in the 1998 indie hit, SMOKE SIGNALS.
Here's a clip from SMOKE SIGNALS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBEhz8vw2AM
Evan Adams went on to earn a medical degree at the University of Calgary and is now the Deputy Chief Medical Officer at Indigenous Services Canada.
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