Dr. Margo Greenwood, NCCAH Academic Leader, is an Indigenous scholar of Cree ancestry with more than 25 years' experience focused on the health and well-being of Indigenous children and families. Professionally and personally, children have been the focus of her life. She has worked as a front line caregiver of early childhood services, designed early childhood curriculum, programs, and evaluations, and taught early childhood education courses at both the college and university levels. As a mother of three, she is personally committed to the continued well-being of children and youth in Canada.
While her academic work crosses disciplines and sectors, Margo is particularly recognized – regionally, provincially, nationally and internationally – for her work in early childhood care and education, and in Indigenous public health.
She has served on numerous national and provincial federations, committees and assemblies, and has undertaken work with UNICEF, the United Nations, and the Canadian Reference Group to the World Health Organization Commission on Social Determinants.
Margo received the Queen's Jubilee medal in 2002 in recognition of her years of work to promote awareness and policy action on the rights and well-being of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children, youth and families. Margo was also recognized in 2010 as the 'Academic of the Year' by the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC for her research contributions to the wider community. Most recently she was honoured with the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Education in 2011.
Currently, Margo is a Professor in both the First Nations Studies and Education programs at the University of Northern British Columbia. Her current research interests include historic and contemporary systemic and structural impacts on the development of early childhood programs and services in Canada; social determinants of health with particular emphasis on colonization and children's rights; children's cultural identity formation and the exploration and articulation of Indigenous epistemologies and ontologies.
June 1, 2013, Margo accepted the position of Vice President of Aboriginal Health for the Northern Health Authority. In this role, she is providing executive leadership to the Aboriginal Health portfolio, including the development of relationships with the First Nations Health Council, North Region Health Caucus, and the First Nations Health Authority. Margo is working part-time in her role as Vice President at Northern Health and continues her role as Academic Leader of the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, and as Professor in the College of Arts, Social and Human Sciences at UNBC.
Margo holds appointments as an International Indigenous Fellow of Te Mata o te Tau, the Academy for Maori Research and Scholarship, Massey University, NZ; Adjunct Professor, Indigenous Public Health Program, University of Hawaii, HI, USA; and Adjunct Professor, Northern Medical Program, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC.