February 16th, 2023 – Indigenous Health Administration and Leadership Program (IHALP): 2023 Information Session


Join us for the 2023 Indigenous Health Administration and Leadership Program information session! Learn about the IHALP certificate program that is designed to support Indigenous organizations and communities to build strength-based, holistic programming that promotes health and well being. Learn about Indigenous communities and their own measures for success and unique cultural and geographical needs. Ask questions, hear about alumni experiences, and chat directly with course instructors so see if this program is right for you. This session will be recorded. Please sign up even if you can’t make it so that we can email you the link to the recording at a later time. This is a collaboration event with UBC Extended Learning. Learn more about iHALP here: CEIH website.

Thank you for your interest and participation!

This session’s video is now available for viewing.

Thank you to everyone for your continued interest in our events.

We would like to reiterate that everyone is welcome to our UBCLC sessions.

Date: Thursday, February 16th, 2023 (PST)
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 am
Where: online via zoom!

About the Presenters:



Elder Doris Fox, Musqueam Nation Elder

Doris Fox is a Musqueam Elder. Ms. Fox serves on various Boards, committees, advisories, research projects, and works at several Health Clinics in Vancouver. As well, Ms. Fox is on a few Elders Circles. Doris uses her training as a traditional healer to serve the people and communities that she works for. Pre-COVID, Doris worked at many different Health and Wellness Days using many different healing techniques that she was taught by teachers from around the world. Doris Fox teaches traditional Cedar Bark weaving as well as traditional Salish Weaving. Each time she leads a workshop, she teaches the history of the crafts and about the importance of intellectual property.


Melanie Rivers, Tiyaltelwet, BA, PID, MPH, EXAT, is from the Squamish First Nation

Melanie Rivers (Tiyaltelwet), BA, PID, MPH, EXAT is Coast Salish from the Squamish Nation. She develops curriculum for Indigenous programming with the UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health, and is a Community Expressive Arts consultant.

Melanie has more than 20 years’ experience in the design and delivery of culturally appropriate Indigenous health education and policy at the provincial level. She was program lead and educator at the BC Centre for Disease Control Chee Mamuk program, and worked as a senior policy advisor at the First Nations Health Authority. Her areas of focus have included cultural safety and humility, harm reduction, traditional healing and wellness, strategic policy development, HIV/AIDS and health human resources.

In addition to her degrees, Melanie holds a provincial instructor’s diploma from Vancouver Community College, and trained as an Expressive Arts Therapist at the Vancouver School of Healing Arts.


Carolyn Belanger, IHALP Alumni & Peer Mentor

Carolyn is a registered nurse from Amiskwaciwâskahikan (a.k.a Edmonton) in Treaty 6 with ancestral ties to Lac Ste. Anne Métis community in west central Alberta. She started her career in a busy, urban emergency department before venturing into the role of a Community Health Nurse in First Nations communities across western Canada. Having observed the trend of health inequity among those she served, Carolyn is pursuing a Masters of Public Health at UBC and a Certificate in Indigenous Governance at the U of A to be able to advocate for self-determination in Indigenous healthcare. She continues to incorporate Métis worldview into her practice and empowers clients to engage in holistic and traditional wellness methods to regain and maintain exceptional measures of health experienced by Indigenous people prior to contact. Her life’s passion is to support clients on their wellness journey so they may ultimately transcend to their greatest potential.




Wanda Nikal, IHALP Student, Wiset Health Director

I ‘ve lived in Moricetown all my life, My parents are Helen Nikal, Misoloos, from the Tsayu clan and Stanislaus Nikal, Laksilyu clan. I was born and raised in my home town Witset. I grew up being taught our Wet’suwet’en culture and traditions from my parents and grandparents, the late Little Tommy Michell, Skocumwasas and the late Emma Michell, Liluus. It was important for them to pass down our traditional teachings such as, food preservation, i.e. we were taught how to can fish, berry pick and picking our traditional medicines.

I am the Health Director of Witset Health Centre, which requires me provided Health and Wellness services to the Community of Witset.

I am a Wet’suwet’en woman that believes in the revitalizations of our Language and Culture.


Coral Duncan, IHALP Student, IHALP Alumni & Peer Mentor, Kwakwaka’wakw Family Trauma Healing Program Coordinator

Currently a program coordinator for 14 Kwakwaka’wakw Nations from Comox to Kingcome Inlet on the North end of Vancouver Island, BC. Working to assist our members heal from the effects of colonization.


Cynthia Tam, UBC Extended Learning Senior Program Assistant

Cynthia works with Career and Professional Programs leaders to coordinate and deliver online and in-person programs. She provides administrative and communications support for the instructional team and for students, with an eye to streamlining processes and policies to effectively deliver Extended Learning programming. With more than 15 years’ experience in adult education and administration, Cynthia has a service-oriented mindset and is focused on meeting learners’ needs.


Karen Rolston, UBC Extended Learning – Director, Careers and Professional Programs

Karen Rolston oversees the development and delivery of UBC Extended Learning’s (ExL) educational offerings for mid-career learners. She focuses on creating valuable, meaningful educational opportunities that support and enrich people’s careers and professional transitions. A member of the ExL Management Team, she works with ExL’s educational programmers, and liaises with community and campus partners to develop online and on-campus programs that are relevant, flexible and accessible. Karen is passionate about creating inclusive, thriving, engaged and respectful workplaces, and enjoys exploring those themes at ExL, and with staff and faculty across UBC as a certified internal organizational coach with Coaching @ UBC.


Neha Shivhare, UBC Extended Learning

Neha is the program leader for IHALP and works closely with the team to provide an enhanced learning experience to the students.



  • Learn more about iHALP  – Website
  • Apply for iHALP directly – UBC Extended Learning Application 
  • Got Questions about IHALP? Please feel free to email: Cynthia Tam, Senior Progam Assistant ad UBC Extended Learning (ihalp.ext@ubc.ca) or phone: 604-822-8585


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