Building bridges in Indigenous health
Sep 5, 2018
By Tina Depko
Bernice Downey considers herself to be someone who builds relationships, is an agent of change and, above all, is an advocate for Indigenous health and well-being.
Her connection to her role as the Indigenous Health Initiative lead in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University stems from a long career in the Indigenous health research field.
“I always want to ensure my life has purpose and direction,” she says. “I believe in this initiative and I think I am at McMaster to build relationships and bring people together to make it happen.”
As Downey works with others to address systemic barriers that Indigenous people experience in the health sciences education system, she is mindful her own family’s experiences.
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