Evan Tlesla II Adams is a Coast Salish physician and actor from the Sliammon Band near Powell River, BC, Canada.
He stars in the Emmy-winning TV-movie LOST IN THE BARRENS and its nominated sequel CURSE OF THE VIKING GRAVE. He also stars as Thomas Builds-The-Fire in the Miramax feature SMOKE SIGNALS, written by Sherman Alexie and directed by Chris Eyre. SMOKE SIGNALS won the coveted Audience Award for best film and the Filmmakers Trophy when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998.
Aside from his career in the arts, Evan has a Medical Doctorate at the University of Calgary (2002), completed his Aboriginal Family Practice residency – during which he was Chief Resident – at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and has a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Baltimore, MD). He is the past-President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC), and the former Director of the Division of Aboriginal People’s Health in UBC’s Faculty of Medicine. He is also a 2014 Indspire Award winner in Health.
From 2012-14, Dr. Adams was the Deputy Provincial Health Officer for Aboriginal health, British Columbia Ministry of Health, and as of Dec 1, 2014, the Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority in Vancouver.