Melanie Rivers (7imlemelwet), MPH, is Coast Salish from the Squamish Nation. Melanie has 19 years’ experience in the design and delivery of culturally appropriate Indigenous health education and policy at the provincial level.
Melanie was program lead and educator at the BC Centre for Disease Control’s Chee Mamuk program, and worked as a senior advisor at the First Nations Health Authority. Her areas of focus have included cultural safety and humility, harm reduction, traditional healing and wellness, strategic policy development, HIV/AIDS and health human resources. Melanie currently works with UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health hosting the Learning Circle.
She holds a master’s degree in public health from UBC, and a provincial instructor’s diploma from Vancouver Community College.