ERA Banner

Danièle Behn Smith

RSS Feed

Danièle Behn Smith is Eh Cho Dene of the Fort Nelson First Nation and has Métis roots in the Red River Valley. She recently relocated to Edmonton to practice Family Medicine as part of the faculty at the University of Alberta. Previously, she was enjoying the Northern life as a GP in the Yukon. She had the remarkable opportunity to participate in the documentary series Medicine Woman which profiled her travels to Indigenous communities around the globe to learn from traditional healers. As a result, she continues to have a strong interest in Traditional Healing and Integrative Medicine. Academic family physician, Eh Cho Dene/French Canadian/Métis

Danièle Behn Smith

Department of Family Medicine November 2008 to May 2011

  • Director for Indigenous Health Education within the Indigenous Health Initiatives Program (until May 2011)

  • Indigenous health
  • Indigenous health education

Subject areas and related deposits

  • Indexing - Aboriginal Peoples - Canada

    • Finding Canadian polar Indigenous studies in Medline

      The polar library community has made much progress over the past thirty years in the development of bibliographic search tools that allow fast and easy access to publications about the Arctic and Antarctic. Many of us rely heavily on tools such as Arctic and Antarctic Regions to satisfy our need for information organized with a geographic focus. For Circumpolar health researchers, there is now the growing Circumpolar Health Bibliographic Database, a subset of the Arctic Science and Technology Information System (ASTIS), which is improving access to polar health materials. However, when conducting systematic review searches, searchers are required to be as comprehensive as possible, which means that all relevant subject databases must be searched, even if overlap is substantial. As a result, Medline must be searched as part of any systematic review search related to Indigenous health issues in Canada’s Arctic regions. While the MESH Subject Headings and Geographic Headings do supply some controlled vocabulary access, keywords must also be searched to make the search comprehensive. This goal of this project is to create a Medline search filter which will assure comprehensive retrieval of Canadian Indigenous materials

  • Poster - 1967 Summer School of Frontier Medicine: Impact on Medical Students and Indigenous Communities

    • 1967 Summer School of Frontier Medicine: Impact on Medical Students and Indigenous Communities

      The poorer health status of First Nations, Inuit, Métis (FN/I/M) people in Canada is unacceptable and requires urgent attention. One potential means of improving FN/I/M health is to focus on improving training of medical students to enhance cultural safety. Experiential, community based curriculum is recommended to strengthen relationship building with FN/I/M people and promote culturally safe practice. There is a paucity of literature on previous experiential Canadian FN/I/M medical education initiatives to guide the process of undergraduate medical curriculum development, initiation and evaluation. In 1967 seventy medical students and twenty faculty members from Canadian medical schools took part in a Summer School of Frontier Medicine, held in the Northwest Territories. The program consisted of ten days spent in Inuvik attending lectures, films and discussions regarding local medical and social issues; a week of field work in small groups in small First Nations and Inuit communities throughout the Territories and three days in Edmonton, Alberta for debriefing and evaluation. Using surveys, semi-structured interviews and a narrative methodology we hope to gain an understanding of how the School of Frontier Medicine shaped the participants practice of medicine in relation to FN/I/M people, as well as how the experience of participating in the summer school affected the community members. The historical nature of our project provides a unique opportunity to assess the impact of community based FN/I/M medical education on students, faculty and community members to better inform present day efforts to reform curriculum and improve FN/I/M health care.