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Occupation  Actor, playwright
Name  Evan Adams
Role  Actor

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Full Name  Evan Tlesla Adams
Born  November 15, 1966 (age 49) (1966-11-15) Sliammon First Nation, British Columbia, Canada
Education  Pearson College UWC, St. Michaels University School, University of Calgary
TV shows  Da Vinci's City Hall, Annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards
Awards  Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance
Movies  Smoke Signals, The Business of Fancydancing, Lenny the Wonder Dog, Lost in the Barrens, The Thaw
Similar People  Adam Beach, Chris Eyre, Irene Bedard, Gary Farmer, Sherman Alexie

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Evan Tlesla Adams (born November 15, 1966) is a Canadian actor, playwright and medical doctor. A Coast Salish from the Sliammon First Nation near Powell River, British Columbia, he is best known internationally for his roles in the films of Sherman Alexie, as Thomas Builds-the-Fire in the 1998 film Smoke Signals and Seymour Polatkin in the 2002 film The Business of Fancydancing.


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He won an Independent Spirit Award in 1999 for Best Debut Performance for his role in Smoke Signals, and a Los Angeles Outfest award in 2002 for his role in Fancydancing.

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In Canada, Adams has acted primarily in television, including roles in The Beachcombers,"Lost in the Barrens" Da Vinci's Inquest, Neon Rider, These Arms of Mine, Da Vinci's City Hall, The L Word, and Wolf Canyon, and stage roles in Lear and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing. He also appeared in the documentary film Just Watch Me: Trudeau and the 70's Generation, speaking about his own experience as a young gay, First Nations man growing up in Canada during the Trudeau era.

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His plays, including Dreams of Sheep, Snapshots, Dirty Dog River and Janice's Christmas, have been produced across Canada and internationally.

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He appears in the 2017 film Indian Horse.

Medical career

Adams has also worked extensively with First Nations health programs in Canada, including HIV/AIDS education and alcohol and drug abuse treatment. In 2002, Adams completed a medical degree at the University of Calgary. He completed his residency at St. Paul's Hospital/UBC (as Chief Resident), a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, and served as the Deputy Provincial Health Officer with the British Columbia Ministry of health. In April 2007, Adams was appointed the first-ever Aboriginal Health Physician Advisor for the province of British Columbia. In April 2012, Adams was made Deputy Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia by Dr. Perry Kendall. On December 1, 2014, Adams became the Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority in British Columbia.


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