Evan Adams, plays Thomas-Builds-The-Fire, in the 1998 film, “Smoke Signals” opposite Adam Beach
WINNIPEG — Evan Adams, 47, is best for his role as Thomas-Builds-The-Fire in the 1998 American Indian film, “Smoke Signals,” playing opposite to Adam Beach.
Since his iconic Thomas-Builds-The-Fire role, Adams, Coast Salish from the Sliammon First Nation, became a medical doctor. He completed his medical training in 2002.
Friday night, March 21, 2014, he was given the 2014 Indspire Award in the health catergory.
Formerly known as the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, the Indspire Awards recognize outstanding career and youth achievements in the aboriginal community in Canada.
Dr. Evan Tlesla II Adams is currently the deputy provincial health officer with responsibility for Indigenous health for the province of British Columbia. In this role since 2012, Adams works to support the development and operations of the First Nations Health Authority as well as reporting on the health of Indigenous people in the province.
Dr. Evan Adams received Indspire Award in Health Friday night
Dr. Evans is the past president of the Indigenous Physicians’ Association of Canada and former Director of the Division of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health, UBC Department of Family Practice.
He was the recipient of the 2005 Family Medicine Resident Leadership Award from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the 2005 national winner of the Murray Stalker Award from the CFPC Research and Education Foundation.
Even with his highly successful health career, he still acts. Adams will appear in the CBC show “Arctic Air” on April, 1, 2014.
Adams has received multiple awards for acting and has been a part of numerous television shows and movies, including the Emmy winning TV-movie “Lost in the Barrens.”