Medical Doctor, Indigenous Health and First Nation Expert
Dr. Lana Potts (“Last To Come In”) grew up with humble beginnings. In her early years, her mother died in a car accident and her father was absent in her upbringing. She was exposed to drugs and alcohol at a young age and had to raise her siblings in unfavourable conditions. Her belief in education and the strength she gathered from her cultural traditions helped her to realize that she had to put faith back into life. Dr. Lana Potts exhibits a strong sense of social responsibility to her people by committing her education and career to improve the living and health conditions for First Nation communities.
Dr. Lana Potts is an active family physician at the Siksika Health and Wellness Centre on Siksika First Nation. Dr. Potts is a charter class graduate of The Northern Ontario School of Medicine in Thunder Bay, Ontario and she also completed a Bachelor of Science with Distinction in Nursing from the University of Alberta. Dr. Potts completed her residency training in Indigenous Family Medicine at the University of British Columbia. She is a member of the Piikani Nation and is passionate to use her story, education and her career to create a sustainable outcome for all First Nation peoples and communities.
Dr. Potts has advocated in many ways on behalf of Indigenous and rural health and is an Indigenous Child Health Advocate. She has utilized her academic experience in a variety of roles including research on Residential Schools 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, she worked as a liaison with various boards on how to improve health care delivery in First Nation and Rural communities.
She is currently a member of the Aboriginal Wisdom Council, a provincial board that advises on improving health outcomes in Indigenous communities. Dr. Lana Potts is a founding member of the Aboriginal Wisdom Council, a provincial board that advises on improving health outcomes in Indigenous communities. She has utilized her academic experience in a variety of roles including research on Indian Residential Schools and Tuberculosis.
Dr. Potts overcame many odds to become the person she is today. Her inspirational story is one that of resilience, hope, determination and overcoming adversity. She is a regular consultant and advocates to improve health, public services, residential schools, TRC Calls to Action, social policy, and many other topics. Her unique perspective brings awareness to the past, present and future challenges for First Nation communities and Indigenous peoples.
From Welfare to Medical Doctor in a Decade - Resilience, Hope, Overcoming Adverisity and Determination
Traditional medicine/western medicine
Effects of racism on health
Effects of colonialism/social determinants on health outcomes
Youth issues - suicide prevention, depression
Ceremony and revitalization of health
Indian Act and the status of Women
Violence Against Indigenous Women
- Aboriginal | First Nation
- Addictions | Substance Abuse
- Community | Community Development
- Current Events
- Excellence | Success
- Health and Wellness
- Healthcare | Health Care
- Indigenous | First Nation
- Overcoming Adversity | Adversity
- Parenting | Family
- Public Policy
- Social Change | Human Rights
- Suicide | Suicide Prevention
- Women of Inspiration
- Youth | Youth Development