Thursday, May 11, 2022
Our Keynote Address for the BC Pharmacy Association 2023 virtual conference is Dr. Jaris Swidrovich.
Through both a storytelling and didactic approach, this session will summarize critical terminology, previous and current government policies responsible for the state of Indigenous Peoples’ health, and how pharmacy professionals can contribute to Truth and Reconciliation through the provision of culturally safe care.
Dr. Jaris Swidrovich is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. He is a queer, Two Spirit, Saulteaux and Ukrainian pharmacist from Yellow Quill First Nation. He is the founder and Chair of the Indigenous Pharmacy Professionals of Canada and Co-Scientific Director of nātawihowin First Nations Research Network.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Saskatchewan and a post-baccalaureate Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Toronto. His areas of research and practice include HIV/AIDS, substance use disorders, 2SLGBTQ+ health, Indigenous health, social determinants of health, and health professions education. Dr. Swidrovich is also a PhD Candidate in Education at the University of Saskatchewan, where he is studying Indigenous Peoples’ experiences with pharmacy education in Canada.