Dr. Richard Vedan, (Secwepemc), has been an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia School of Social Work since 1995.
From 2001 until 2008 he had appointments as the Director of the First Nation House of Learning and served as Senior Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs.
Beginning in 1979 and until 1995 Richard was an Instructor, Department Chair and Division Chair /Dean of Instruction for Applied Arts and Community Services Programs at Langara College.
From 1966 until 1977 he served with the Royal Canadian Air Force/ Canadian Armed Forces; trained as a Navigator and served as a Social Work Officer.
In clinical practice he
has worked with individuals, groups, couples and families and with drug and alcohol treatment programs.
Currently he is a Co-Principal Investigator with the Kloshe Tillicum the Network Environments for Aboriginal Health Research (NEAHRBC-WA) which succeeded the BC ACADRE for which he was also Co-PI for six years.
At present he
is also Co-PI for an international project led by Dr. Judy Bartlett to build Aboriginal capacity in health research.
Most recently Dr.Vedan's research has addressed identity issues, authenticity, multi-generational traumatic stress disorder, violent behaviour in First Nations men and the benefits of traditional healing practices.
In June 2002, was awarded the Simon Fraser University Dean of Graduate Studies Medal for Academic Excellence in Education
doctoral thesis: "How Shall We Forgive Our Fathers: Angry/Violent First Nations/Aboriginal Men's Experiences with Social Workers".
wife Barbara have been married for 41 years and have two adult children and two granddaughters living in British Columbia.