Centenary Medal – Roberta Price

Elder Roberta Price is Coast Salish – Snuneymuxw/Cowichan Tribes. Over the past decade, she has worked in partnership with researchers at the UBC School of Nursing to ensure that research is relevant and responsive to Indigenous contexts, and to assist in implementation of interventions within clinical settings. She oversees ceremonial and traditional aspects, including integration of traditional healing approaches with ‘Western’ approaches. The studies she has been involved with relate to structural and interpersonal violence and trauma – including colonialism, racism, and poverty – and their effects on health care access and quality for Indigenous people. She has been an advisor to 5 studies involving School of Nursing Faculty, co-investigator on three further studies and currently (2016-2021) is a co-Principal Investigator on the CIHR funded study ($1.7M) entitled Promoting Equity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous People in Emergency Departments. In addition to her research work, she serves as Elder with the Red Road HIV/AIDS Network, the Elders Visiting Program at BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and in the Aboriginal Patient Navigator Program at Vancouver Coastal Health. She is a founding Director of the Urban Indigenous Health and Healing Cooperative which recently opened a Primary Care Clinic in the Down Town East Side. Elder Roberta also serves as Elder, advisor, facilitator, and cultural interpreter with many local, provincial, and national organizations. At the School of Nursing, she has provided numerous guest lectures, opening ceremonies for multiple events, and ongoing advice regarding curriculum related to the wellbeing of Indigenous people.