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July 10th to 15th, 2022

About PRIDoC 2022

The Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress (PRIDoC) 2022 will take place July 10-15, 2022 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre in Vancouver B.C., on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish: the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.  

PRIDoC 2022 will be hosted by The Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC) in partnership with  ‘Ahahui ‘o nā KaukaTe Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (TeORA)The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP),  The Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA), and The Medical Association for Indigenous People of Taiwan (MAIPT).

More than 300 physicians, residents, medical students, and other health advocates from throughout the Pacific are expected to gather in Vancouver for the PRIDoC experience. Our event will feature health and medical presentations important to Indigenous well-being, cultural events, and cross-national networking opportunities.

Connecting to the Spirit of the Land

"Canada has a rich and diverse Indigenous population comprising the Métis, First Nations and Inuit peoples – we look forward to honouring all of our nations from coast to coast to coast and showcasing our beautiful and varied cultures.

PRIDoC is an Indigenous-led space for Indigenous physicians, residents and medical students, health researchers, health professionals and allies.  We gather around shared issues of concern related to the health and wellness of the many Indigenous communities and nations throughout the Pacific Region.

The theme of the conference will be Connecting to the Spirit of the Land, derived from rich conversations with three Elders: Syexwaliya (Squamish First Nation), Te'ta-in Shane Pointe (Musqueam First Nation) and Mae Louise Campbell (Ojibway Métis) and discussions with the general IPAC membership through a series of online Town Halls.

Connecting to the Spirit of the Land implies active effort on our parts – individually and collectively – on different levels.  As Indigenous physician leaders, we have a responsibility to advocate for the health of future generations, our planet and our homelands, including our precious natural resources, foods and traditional medicines in the face of climate change and environmental destruction.  In our practices, we acknowledge the value of “two-eyed seeing,” connection to land and traditional healing in caring for our peoples. For ourselves, we find ways to nurture our spirit by fostering the connection to the land that sustains us, so that we can continue to provide the best care.

As Indigenous physicians, we are supported by generations of our ancestors and are valuable resources for the health and well-being of our peoples. Paraphrasing Elder Mae Louise, “the world needs the wisdom we carry in our bones” -- let’s come together in September 2020 on Coast Salish Territory to bring forward this wisdom and these teachings and continue our PRIDoC discussions and celebrations!"

Dr. Nel Wieman, Board President, IPAC


PRIDoC Council

The Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress (PRIDoC) was started in 2002 to provide a vehicle for Indigenous physicians and medical students to network, discuss issues of mutual interest, share scientific advances and best practices as well as ancient wisdom and traditional knowledge to further the health and well-being of our communities. In addition, support and mentorship of our medical students has always been an important PRIDoC function.

The PRIDoC Council has six formal members that take turns hosting PRIDoC every two years. PRIDoC 2018 was hosted by ‘Ahahui o nā Kauka in Hawaii. PRIDoC 2020 was otponed due to COVID 19. PRIDoC 2022 is being hosted by The Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC) in Vancouver B.C., on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish: the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

PRIDoC Council Members
‘Ahahui o nā Kauka
Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP)
Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA)
Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC)
Medical Association for Indigenous People of Taiwan (MAIPT)
Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Te ORA)


The Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC) is a member-based, non-profit organization, led by elected board members who volunteer their time. IPAC is proud to be the official host of PRIDoC 2020. If you are a Canadian Indigenous physician, resident or medical student, we encourage you to become an IPAC Member.

IPAC was formed to encourage and support First Nations, Metis and Inuit youth wishing to become medical doctors, to support those already in training or practice and to promote the work of its members in their many capacities and disciplines. The Association also supports Indigenous health initiatives at community and university levels and wishes to promote health for all Indigenous peoples, mentally, physically, intellectually, and emotionally.

IPAC Board

President: Dr. Nel Wieman (B.C.)
Vice President: Dr. Evan Adams (B.C.)
Secretary: Dr. Sarah Funnell (Ontario)
Treasurer: Dr. Mike Dumont (B.C.)
Physician Director: Dr. Mandy Buss (Manitoba)
Resident Director: Dr. Alexa Lesperance (B.C.)
Student Representative: Josha Rafael (Ontario)

Become an IPAC Member

Frequently Asked Questions


When is the event?

Pre-conference events are scheduled for July 10 & 11, 2022. The conference, from Opening to Closing Ceremony, is scheduled from July 12 to 15, 2022.

What is the exact location?

The host hotel is the Sheraton Wall Vancouver Centre at 1000 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC. Please refer to the Schedule-at-a-Glance on our PRIDoC program page for other locations.

How do I get from the airport to the hotel?

Please refer to the From the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) section of our PRIDoC travel page.

What is the easiest way to travel around Vancouver?

Please refer to the Within Greater Vancouver section of our PRIDoC travel page

If I still wish to rent a vehicle, what are the parking arrangements at the host hotel?

Overnight parking is CA$20/day for registered delegates.

Are there any organized shuttles?

On July 11, 2022, Indigenous medical learners who are registered for the Student and Resident Track will be provided transportation from the hotel to each venue including to the Welcome Reception at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art.

On July 13, 2022, PRIDoC delegates will be provided transportation from the hotel to Whey-ah-Wichen (Cates) Park where our Day of Wellness is happening. For IPAC members attending the AGM after the Day of Wellness, a bus will be held back to ensure you will be transported back to the hotel.

What is the dress code for the conference?

Indigenous fashion, whether traditional or contemporary, is optional, encouraged, welcomed, and admired throughout the whole conference.

Business/cocktail - Banquet and Cultural Sharing Night

Business casual - Welcome Reception, Opening/Closing Ceremony, Academic Programming, etc.

Casual - Day of Wellness

Will this be a hybrid (in-person and virtual) event?

PRIDoC will remain an in-person event; the only sessions that will be pre-recorded are those keynotes and panelists who, due to global events, could not present in-person. Presenters who find themselves not being able to present in-person, will be given the option to submit a poster.

Where can I get a COVID-19 test in Vancouver?

The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) website has information regarding COVID-19 testing upon arrival, and, after PRIDoC, information about pre-departure testing. Please note that the COVID-19 testing upon arrival process will be faster if you pre-register for testing through the link provided.

While in Vancouver, the BC Centre for Disease Control has gathered information on some local private clinics that offer testing for a fee.

What kind of hotel rooms are available at the special event rate?

You can book a traditional room for $239.00 via the link provided in Accommodations section of the PRIDoC travel page.

If you would like to reserve a non-traditional room, please contact the hotel directly at or call direct at (604)331-1000 for in-house room reservations to check for the group suite rate and availability.


Who is a Delegate?

A PRIDoC delegate is someone who is registered for the full event; these include the five types of tickets – Indigenous Physician, Indigenous Resident, Indigenous Medical Student, Associates, and Elders.

Who is an Associate?

An Associate is someone who is not an Indigenous physician, resident, or medical student.

Who is an Elder in the context of registration?

The Elder registration rate is meant for Elders and Knowledge Keepers that are attending PRIDoC alongside Indigenous Physicians, Indigenous Residents, Indigenous Medical Students, and Associates.

What is included in the cost of my registration?

Academic programming on July 12, 14, and 15

Day of Wellness events on July 13

CPD credits

Registration fees also cover the following meals and events:

July 11 - Evening refreshments provided at Welcome Reception

July 12 - Breakfast, lunch, and 'Banquet' dinner

July 13 - Breakfast, lunch

July 14 - Breakfast, lunch, and 'Cultural Sharing Night' dinner

July 15 - Breakfast, lunch

Is there a registration deadline?

June 24, 2022 at midnight PT.

Can I cancel my registration?

Requests for refunds will be honoured, less a 10% processing fee, only if received in writing by June 10, 2022. No refunds will be made after June 10, 2022.

If I cannot attend, can I transfer my registration?

Requests for transfers will be honoured in addition to a 10% administrative fee only if received in writing by June 24, 2022.

How can I register on behalf of someone else?

Please follow the instructions here this page or find this same link by scrolling to the bottom of our PRIDoC registration page.

How can I attend pre-conference workshops?

Delegates will be prompted to sign up for pre-conference workshops when they register. 

How can I add pre-conference workshops to my registration after having already registered?

We invite you to re-visit our PRIDoC registration page, select the amount of tickets you’d wish to purchase for the pre-conference event, fill out the same info as before, and click ‘Continue’ if Glue Up states that your email has already been used. From there, you are welcome to continue with your payment details.

Who is a registered guest?

A registered guest is someone with a purchased guest ticket, adult or child, who is accompanying a PRIDoC Delegate. Guests cannot attend any academic sessions; however, guests are welcome at the following events:

July 11 - Welcome Reception

July 12 - Breakfast, Opening Ceremony, lunch, and 'Banquet' Dinner

July 13 - Breakfast, lunch, and Day of Wellness

July 14 - Breakfast, lunch, and 'Cultural Sharing Night' Dinner

July 15 - Breakfast, lunch, and Closing Ceremony

Which events can registered guests attend?

Registered guests are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Banquet, Day of Wellness, and Cultural Sharing Night. Meals provided include refreshments at the Welcome Reception, breakfast and lunch July 12 through 15, and the dinners provided at the Banquet and Cultural Sharing Night. Please refer to the Schedule-at-a-Glance on our PRIDoC program page for a visual representation.

Is there a discount for registration for families?

The price of each guest ticket covers the cost of the meals and events that the guest would be welcome to attend; therefore, there are no family/group discounts.

What can my registered guest be doing whilst I am in academic sessions?

Please refer to the Things to do section at the bottom of our PRIDoC travel page.

Will there be child-care/minding provided at PRIDoC?

While child-care/minding will not be provided at PRIDoC, delegates are welcome to organize their own child-care that fits their needs. Examples include having a babysitter hired to your hotel suite or sharing babysitters with other families. Helpful links: 


Can I purchase a-la-carte tickets for specific events?

We are not offering a-la-carte tickets for specific events. We hope that Delegates will appreciate the Indigenous-led experience for the entire week.

Can I see what sessions will be presented before I arrive on site? Or when someone is scheduled to present?

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Please download the “My Glue” Glue Up app from your mobile device’s app store. Session information can be accessed through this app. Please note, sessions are subject to change due to various global events.


Will speaker presentations be available after the event?

The keynotes will be recorded and made available after the event. Panels and breakout sessions will not be recorded.


As an ally, how can I prepare for attending PRIDoC?

We recommend reading the following documents to gain a deeper understanding of the current state of healthcare for Indigenous people in Canada before attending PRIDoC:

In Plain Sight Report: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action