James recognized FDSRP as a program pioneered by medical students dedicated to giving back to the native community. His fondest memories from his summer in Boston extend beyond the lab and clinical shadowing experiences, to those of the “friendships and sense of community” he felt while he was in Boston. James likens his desire for community to his experiences in his hometown of Grouard, Alberta, a small community on the north shore of Lesser Slave Lake in Alberta, Canada. This area boasts beauty while at the same time forces its members to face the very real hardships of poverty, poor housing, addition and disempowerment.
James credits FDSRP with providing him important skills to make contributions to the health and well being of indigenous peoples throughout the US and Canada. James says he will continue the works he does now “to make the way a little easier for those that come behind me. Which I feel was one of the best of many lessons that I was able to take from my time with FDSRP.”
Currently, James is involved in ethical guidelines for research around tradition indigenous knowledge and medicines, and working with organizations to protect and promotion traditional healing practices. Additionally, James is working with the Blue Quills First Nations College to assist in the development of a Health Science Program that attracts and graduates greater numbers indigenous students.