The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has elected its first Indigenous president.
Members selected Dr. Alika Lafontaine, an anesthesiologist in Grande Prairie, Alberta, as CMA president for 2022-23. He will serve as president-elect until August 2022, after which he will become the official CMA president, says a news release from the CMA.
Lafontaine is from Treaty 4 Territory in southern Saskatchewan, and is of Cree, Anishinaabe, Metis and Pacific Islander ancestry.
His nomination comes as the health care sector in Canada grapples with issues of inequity, including racism.
Earlier this year, the federal government committed to legislation that would aim to ensure