Women Who Inspire: Vanessa Ambtman-Smith
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About the Event
Women & Politics is excited to welcome Vanessa Ambtman-Smith as the next speaker in our Women Who Inspire series.
Vanessa, is of Nêhiyaw-Métis ancestry, and a third year PhD Candidate at Western University, studying the geographies of Indigenous Health. Throughout her 20-year career in the Indigenous health field, Vanessa has sought ways to re-design health systems to enable access culturally safe care, and to innovate and advance models of care that go beyond the traditional view of healthcare.
Through a purposeful journey as a facilitator walking between two worlds, she has worked in the field of Indigenous health for the past 17 years. She seeks to be a catalyst for change, and has cultivated a skill set rooted in advocacy, health equity, Indigenous cultural safety and anti-racism, community engagement and leadership. She nurtures connections and opportunities to enhance Indigenous inclusion and well-being through many capacities and dimensions, from research to strategic planning and participation in many critical touch points. She was the first Indigenous woman to be appointed to the London Police Services Board (2017-2019) and served on the Mayor’s Poverty Panel for the City of London. She supports ongoing Indigenous planning across Ontario, and has held key roles at a national level, including facilitation in the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and QTIPLGB2S (2018- 2019), as a member of the anti-racism working group for Western University, and a member of the Steering Committee to create a national Indigenous Health Policy Framework.
This event will be hosted on Zoom, and the link will be provided two hours before the event.