Dr. Bernice Downey is a woman of Oji/Cree and Celtic heritage, a mother and a grandmother. She is a medical anthropologist with research interests in health literacy and traditional knowledge for Indigenous populations. She teaches part time for the Faculty of Social Science, Indigenous Studies Program at McMaster University. She is also a Registered Nurse and is currently appointed as the Regional Aboriginal Cancer Lead for the Toronto- Central Regional Cancer Program.
Bernice’s professional experience includes Sole Proprietor of her consulting company; ‘Minoayawin – Good Health Consulting’; Chief Executive Officer of the NationalAboriginal Health Organization, Executive Director of the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada, Associate Director of the Well Living House – Centre for Research on Inner City Health, Sessional Instructor, Indigenous health, McMaster University, Qualitative Researcher, Well Living House. She is an experienced administrator, facilitator, and an organizational and systemic change agent. She is also a life – long advocate in the work towards addressing the serious health inequities among Indigenous populations in Canada.