"The message I want to send to all the young people not just here on the reserve, but to all young people, that have gone through enormous challenges in their lives. That all you have to do is believe in yourself and be the best, that you can be." Dr. Lana Potts

Lana Potts

Medical Doctor, Indigenous Health and First Nation Expert

Dr. Lana Rose Potts “Last To Come In” is a Family Physician who specializes in First Nation Health. She provides primary care at the Siksika Health and Wellness Centre, Niitsitapi Learning Centre and is the Medical Director at Elbow River Healing Lodge. Dr. Potts is a charter class graduate of The Northern Ontario School of Medicine in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lana completed her residency training in Indigenous Family Medicine at UBC.
She has also completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Distinction at the University of Alberta. Lana is a member of the Piikani Nation. She was fortunate to be raised in ceremony and receive influence and teaching from her late mother Hazel Potts, grandmother Rose Potts and other matriarchs in Blackfoot Territory. She is married to Robert Benjoe from Muscowpetung First Nation in Saskatchewan and is the proud mother to her daughter Annataki and son Nodin.
Dr. Potts has advocated in many ways on behalf of Indigenous and rural health. Lana is an Indigenous Child Health Advocate. She has utilized her academic experience in a variety of roles including research on Residential School’s and Tuberculosis. She sat on the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada board for three terms, advocating for the improvement of Indigenous health.
Throughout medical school and in her current roles, she works as a liaison with various boards on how improve health care delivery in First Nation and rural communities. Lana was a founding member of the Aboriginal Wisdom Council, a provincial board that advises on improving health outcomes in Indigenous communities.

Topic Presentations

Motivational speaking on finding purpose (My Story from Welfare recipient to Medical Doctor in less than a decade)

• Indigenous Health

• Women’ health

• Children’s health

• Reconciliation

• Traditional medicine/western medicine

• Effects of racism on health

• Effects of colonialism/social determinants on health outcomes

• Youth issues, suicide, depression

• Ceremony and and revitalization of health

• Indian Act and the status of Women

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