Article written by: Anne Russell, Media & Communications Manager, UFV Today
Young Distinguished Alumni 2023: Eryn Braley advocates for Indigenous Peoples in public health setting
Eryn Braley is thankful to have chosen a career in Indigenous public health that allows her to connect with her Indigenous identity.
“I am so appreciative of the Indigenous mentors and peers who have guided me in my career and personal journey. Through teachings, connection, and ceremonies, I am connecting with who I am as nehiyaw iskwew, a Cree woman.”
In recognition of her dedication and innovation in ensuring Indigenous Peoples are heard and respected within the health care system in British Columbia, Eryn (BSc ’19) is the 2023 recipient of the UFV Young Distinguished Alumni award.
Eryn, a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, is passionate about embedding anti-racism and cultural safety, truth and reconciliation, and inherent Indigenous rights within the health system.
“Anti-Indigenous racism is pervasive within the healthcare system, at both structural and interpersonal levels. My career path is allowing me to make a difference in the health and wellness journeys of Indigenous Peoples by ensuring the accessibility and availability of culturally safe and racism-free health care,” she says.