"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, Children's Health and Aboriginal Health Expert

Dr. Lana Potts MD CCFP is a family physician at the Siksika Health and Wellness Centre. Siksika is a First Nation near Calgary. 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. Lana completed her residency training in Indigenous Family Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Lana is a member of the Piikani Nation. She is married to Robert Benjoe and she is the proud mother to her daughter Annataki and son, Nodin.

Lana Potts grew up with a broken family. 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 strengthen 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 has advocated in many ways on behalf of Indigenous/rural health. She has utilized her academic experience in a variety of roles including research on Indian 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 she worked as a liaison with various boards on how improve health care delivery in First Nation and Rural communities. Currently she is member of the Aboriginal Wisdom Council, a provincial board that advises on improving health outcomes in Indigenous communities

Dr. Lana Potts often addresses groups on all matters related to health, children’s health, recreation and social services of Indigenous people and First Nations across Canada.

Topic Presentations

Current Health Status on First Nation's Children

Discuss current health situation of First Nation’s Communities

Ways to address health concerns for First Nation’s Communities

Role of children in First Nation community

Evidenced based methods in creating healthy communities for children and families

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