Dr. Randi George
Hadih (Hello), my name is Randi George. I am First Nations (Wet’suwet’en), born & raised in Hagwilget Village (a small reserve in Northern BC). I am Gitdumden (Bear Clan) & belong to Kaiyex Weniits (House in the Middle of Many). I am also Metis on my Mother’s side, with roots to Meadow Lake Saskatchewan.
I am now honoured to live as a guest on the traditional territories of the Lheidli T’enneh (Prince George, a small Northern BC city) for over 20 years now. I completed my Bachelor of Science at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), then worked in the medical field for several years. It was my work at Central Interior Native Health Society that really pushed me to pursue medicine. CINHS served the Indigenous, disadvantaged & marginalized downtown population & was run by an incredible interdisciplinary team that exemplified culturally safe care. I knew the typical western medical system, as it was, was not a safe place for my people. CINHS showed me there is a way to make it safer & more supportive; and I wanted to be a part of making those changes on a larger scale.
I applied to medical school with the goal to not only work in medicine, but to dedicate my life to education & advocacy regarding the issues impacting our people & our communities. In 2020, I graduated from the Northern Medical Program (NMP) & was accepted into the Psychiatry Program with the University of British Columbia (UBC). I am now in my 3rd Year of Residency, with a focus on childhood & inter-generational trauma. As the grand-daughter of a Residential School Survivor & grand-daughter, daughter, & niece to Indian Hospital & Day School Survivors, I have remained very passionate about increasing cultural safety/understanding & working towards Truth & Reconciliation. And, as I’ve gone through medical training, I’ve realized that we not only need this for our patients, but for our providers as well. The process of applying for, training within, & practicing medicine needs to be more culturally safe, supportive, & equitable for Indigenous Peoples across Canada, in a way that acknowledges, honours, & supports our Indigeneity throughout our training & careers.
I have been a member of IPAC for many years & now, as the Resident Director, I hope to continue my work towards these goals within a team & group that continues to life each other up along our journeys through medicine & healing. Tabi Misiyh, thank you very much.