Dr. Barry Lavallee is a member of the Metis community of St. Laurent, Manitoba and a descendent of Duck Bay
and Lake Manitoba First Nations.
Education and Experience as a Practitioner
Dr. Lavallee received his medical degree in 1988 and completed his training in family medicine in 1990, all at the
University of Manitoba. He is a Doctor of Medicine (MD), Certified in the College of Family Physicians (CCFP
Canada), a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians (FCFP Canada), and earned a Master of Clinical Sciences
Degree in 2004 at Western Ontario University.
Prior to joining Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. as the Medical Advisor (2019) and accepting the
position of CEO of Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin Inc. (2020), he practiced general medicine in Winnipeg
after 17 years of flying regularly to Tataskweyak First Nation to provide in-community physician services.
Academic Leadership and Research
Dr. Lavallee focused his entire career on improving care and outcomes for First Nations and Metis people – as a
practicing physician and as an educator, researcher and advocate.
He is the past president of the Indigenous Physicians Association in Canada and worked for ten years in
partnership with Indigenous scholars and practitioners from Australia, Te Ora and Native Hawaii. Workforce
development, Indigenous data and research figured in this work resulting in many international research and
As the Indigenous lead of a team tasked with creating an Indigenous specific, anti-racism curriculum as a way
and means to improve health outcomes – he helped create the curriculum and manuscript which became
embedded in medical schools across Canada. The manuscript calls for medical schools to engage locally with
students and elders, and then adapt and use the curriculum.
Dr. Lavallee’s more recent research activities centred on prevention of chronic kidney disease in First Nations in
Manitoba using point of care testing technology. As well, he is principle investigator for a Strategic PatientOriented Research-Diabetes grant focusing on the evaluation of an anti-racist curriculum for practicing
physicians working with First Nations who live with diabetes.
Current Interests: Advocacy to Action and Systems Accountability
His current interest clinically is the emergence of chronic diseases in First Nations in Manitoba and
understanding the influence of colonialism and Indigenous specific racism as significant causation variables.