Dr. Brent Young
Credit: Danny Abriel, Dalhousie University
In his short time as a family physician, Brent Young has already had a positive impact on Indigenous health outcomes in Halifax.
Recognizing a gap in culturally specific care, he worked with the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre to open an urban health centre. Dr. Young is now the clinical director of the Wije’winen Health Centre – a multidisciplinary community-based team offering Indigenous-specific primary care.
An Anishinaabe physician, Dr. Young is committed to dismantling colonialism and racism within medical education as well. He is the Academic Director for Indigenous Health at the Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine and co-leads the Anti-Racism Working Group for the National Consortium for Indigenous Medical Education.
Dr. Young is also a strong Indigenous role model. He is involved with the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada Mentorship Circle, the Atlantic Indigenous Mentorship Network, and supervises medical learners at Dalhousie University.
“Brent is as a role model to all faculty, new and experienced, in his advocacy supporting Indigenous health, decolonization and anti-racism.” – Dr. Katherine Stringer, Department of Family Medicine, Dalhousie University
Dr. Brent Young is receiving the CMA Award for Young Leaders (Early Career) in recognition of his exemplary creativity, initiative and commitment to making a difference at the local, provincial/territorial or national level.