Dr. Janet Smylie

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"I believe that each child comes into this world with a perfect sense of self. It is up to us to ensure that this is honoured in ourselves, in each other, and in our children.”


Dr. Janet Smylie

One of Canada's first Métis physicians, Dr. Janet Smylie is an internationally respected leader in the field of Indigenous health. Her 25-year career has focused on addressing health inequities among Indigenous peoples in Canada by bridging gaps in health knowledge and practice.

Dr. Smylie works in partnership with First Nations, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous communities, knowledge keepers, health services, and policymakers across Canada. Tangible, Indigenous community impacts of Dr. Smylie’s work include: contributing to the development of the Toronto Birth Centre which incorporates Indigenous knowledge and practice into its day-to-day operations; substantive funding increases for Dedwadadehsnye’s Health Access Centre following the release of the Our Health Counts health assessment report; and preservation and application of Indigenous oral history knowledge in the area of reproductive, child and family health (i.e. first Métis baby book; nine documentary films).

Dr. Smylie currently holds a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Applied Public Health Research Chair in Indigenous Health Knowledge and Information, and is the first senior researcher to receive a CIHR Foundation Grant focused on Indigenous health research. Her outstanding accomplishments have been recognized with a National Aboriginal Achievement/Indspire Award and a Trailblazer award in Population and Public Health. She was named a Top 20 Pioneer of Family Medicine Research by the Canadian College of Family Physicians in 2015.

Dr. Smylie developed and directs the Well Living House, a unique and a highly productive Indigenous health research unit housed at MAP. She is a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital, a scientist with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an adjunct scientist at ICES and an associate professor at the University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public Health with a cross-appointment to Family and Community Medicine. She continues part-time clinical work as a consulting family physician at Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto.