Acting Senior Director
San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Learning Programs
Diane Smylie, MSW, has held leadership roles in initiatives to support quality improvement and organizational development in the areas of harm reduction, opioid agonist therapy programming, women’s and children’s substance use/mental health services, trauma informed practice and Indigenous cultural safety in Ontario and British Columbia. In 2016-2020, Diane led a provincial initiative in Ontario focused on reducing stereotyping and discrimination experienced by Indigenous people in health care. She worked with partners and colleagues to implement foundational Indigenous cultural safety education to more than 25,000 people across the health system. She is currently the Ontario Lead, Projects and Partnerships for San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Learning Programs. Diane is Red River Metis-Cree and a Citizen of the Metis Nation of Ontario.