Dr. Evan Adams


Dr. Evan Adams is well known in the Indigenous communities and is a member of the Tla'amin (Sliammon) First Nation, near Powell River, British Columbia. 

This actor/playwright/producer turned-physician is best known for his role as Thomas Builds-The-Fire in the film Smoke Signals (1988), as Seymour Polatkin in The Business of Fancydancing (2002) and his part in Lost in the Barrens (1990). His acting career also includes roles in television including The Beachcombers, Da Vinci's Inquest, Neon Rider, These Arms of Mine, Da Vinci's City Hall, The L Word and Wolf Canyon.

In addition to his impressive acting career, he is an accomplished medical doctor and currently the Chief Medical Officer with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA). He is a graduate of St. Michael's University School and of Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific. He received his Medical Doctorate from the University of Calgary in 2002.

About the Video

In this video, Adams talks about his journey from actor to physician and how his family influenced his career path. He also explains the “Great Red Hope Syndrome” and how coming from a blue collar background was quite unusual for a medical student where the average income of students was about $100,000/year. 

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