Team & Governance

A broad range of experts, scholars, community members, and students with diverse connections.

UPROOT Team and Indigenous Governance


The project team is fortunate to be based on a deep foundation of collaborative and productive partnerships. The team is composed of a broad range of experts, scholars, community members, and students with diverse connections to Indigenous Nations across Canada. Collectively, the team has adopted the name UPROOT, symbolizing what, how, and why we are doing this work.

Our team acknowledges the work we do may be within a colonial structure, but we hold a commitment to practice in a manner of mutual respect, responsibility, relevance, and reciprocity throughout, prioritizing relationships above all. Some relationships among the team members have existed for more than 10 years.

The UPROOT Governance Consists of the Following Groups

The ISAC reports to the IAC and consists of Indigenous and a select number of non-Indigenous students. As future graduates and care providers from various Indigenous groups across Canada, this committee offers a unique and valuable perspective to the team. 

Community Partners

UPROOT benefits from a diverse group of Indigenous partners across BC representing different Nations and areas of knowledge. Partners include members from urban, rural, and remote communities and contribute meaningfully in various ways as part of the UPROOT team.

Indigenous Advisory Committee (IAC)

The IAC consists of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous expert representatives who oversee all aspects of UPROOT. These community partners are respected leaders and decision-makers with different BC First Nations and have had previous collaborations with Larry and Jason.

Indigenous Student Advisory Committee (ISAC)

The ISAC reports to the IAC and consists of Indigenous and a select number of non-Indigenous students. As future graduates and care providers from various Indigenous groups across Canada, this committee offers a unique and valuable perspective to the team.

Indigenous Pharmacy Student Collegium (IPSC)

The IPSC is a student-led social club that aims to provide self-identified Indigenous students, across all four years of the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program, a safe space to engage with others and participate in cultural immersion activities.

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC

Jason Min and Larry Leung are with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and are the leads from UBC. As non-Indigenous advocates, their experience, dedication, and passion for Indigenous individuals, families, and communities are primary motivators in the pursuit of decolonizing and Indigenizing the pharmacy curriculum.

Undergraduate Academic Assistants (UAA)

The UAAs are self-identified Indigenous or non-Indigenous students that participate as active team members in assisting with project deliverables.

Current Team

Jason Min

Faculty Lead

Dr. Jason Min is an Associate Professor of Teaching at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Over the past 10 years, his research and scholarly interests have focused on Indigenous health, pharmacy informatics, and interprofessional care. His recent work includes the collaborative development of a new Indigenous Cultural Safety course for pharmacy students and the building of a national Academic Electronic Health Record system. As a pharmacist, Jason’s diverse and unique clinical practices included outpatient team-based primary care settings, rural/remote interprofessional care with Indigenous communities, and specialty outpatient clinics for complex, chronic, and medication-intensive conditions. Jason’s passion for teaching in the undergraduate PharmD program has been recognized with numerous teaching awards.

Larry Leung

Faculty Lead

Dr. Larry Leung is an Associate Professor of Teaching at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC. He is a Chinese Canadian currently working on the ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam people. Larry has had the privilege of working with Indigenous communities across British Columbia since 2010 and has built strong and reciprocal relationships with his partners. As a non-Indigenous educator, he currently serves as course coordinator of a first-year seminars course, co-coordinator of mandatory and elective Indigenous health and cultural safety courses, Interprofessional Education co-lead, and co-lead for the Neurology Module. As a pharmacist, Larry has had the opportunity to work directly with Indigenous patients and care providers in the building of pharmacy services.

Katie Arisz

Undergraduate Academic Assistant

Katie is a first-year PharmD student who is originally from the Netherlands but grew up in New Brunswick, Canada, and now currently studies and resides on the ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam people. She obtained her BSc. from McGill University on the traditional territory of Kanien’kehà:ka in Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal. Alongside her work on the UPROOT team, Katie is eager to learn more about and integrate Indigenous cultural, medical, and spiritual knowledge into her education towards becoming a health professional. Outside of studying and working, Katie enjoys running marathons and baking delicious and wholesome recipes!

Kadence Cave

Undergraduate Academic Assistant

Kadence is a first-year student in the Indigenous Teacher Education Program NITEP. She is Heiltsuk (Bella Bella) but grew up on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh(Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) People. Kadence is passionate about pursuing her career as an Indigenous educator, having the opportunity to work alongside the UPROOT team and be an advocate in the path that moves towards reconciliation. Outside of school and work, Kadence whole-heartedly pours her love into raising her son Kolter while creating and selling her handmade beadwork.

Ryan Knowles

Undergraduate Academic Assistant

Ryan Knowles was born as an Eagle and a part of the Haida nation. He was raised between Old Massett on the northern part of Haida Gwaii and Prince George, where he connected with both his family and traditional spirituality. Ryan is currently a part of the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program at UBC. He hopes one day to go back to his community and create a collaborative care-based setting with a focus on traditional, emotional, and spiritual healing. Ryan currently resides on the ancestral and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh(Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh). Ryan is excited to share his experience and passion whilst working towards more culturally safe and appropriate care with the UPROOT team. When not working, Ryan engages in walking, drawing, painting, and engraving.

Emma Mills

Undergraduate Academic Assistant

Emma is a second-year PharmD student at the University of British Columbia and obtained her B.Sc. in Biology from Vancouver Island University. She grew up in Northern Alberta and is part of the Métis Nation. She now resides on the unceded territory of the Musqueam Nation. Emma is invested in Indigenous health and hopes to pursue a pharmacy career, focusing on Indigenous healthcare and wellbeing. She is looking forward to connecting with Indigenous communities and joining UPROOT in their goal to decolonize pharmacy education. In her free time, Emma enjoys birdwatching along the ocean and trying new restaurants.

Madi Runa

Undergraduate Academic Assistant

Madison is currently a PharmD student at UBC residing on the unceded land of the Musqueam Nation. She is of Mixed European and Cree background and was raised on the unceded Syilx territory in Kelowna, BC. While working alongside the UPROOT team, Madison hopes to promote Indigenous health, equity, and wellbeing and continue this work as a future pharmacist. She is excited for the opportunity to learn more about how pharmacists can help in decolonizing healthcare. In her free time, she can be found hiking, baking, or learning to knit!


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