“I challenge you to join us in Canada In A Day. We really want to hear from indigenous people in Canada, to hear about your stories and your feelings of resistance and resilience… about being in a Canada with very solid indigenous roots.”
Evan Tlesla II Adams is a Coast Salish actor and physician from the Sliammon Band near Powell River, BC, Canada. He stars in the Emmy®-winning TV-movie Lost in the Barrens and its nominated sequel Curse of the Viking Grave. Besides numerous episodics like The Beachcombers and Black Stallion, Evan also appears in the feature film Toby McTeague and the Fox TV movie Lakota Moon. He stars as Thomas Builds-The-Fire in Smoke Signals, which won the coveted Audience Award for best film and the Filmmakers Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998. Evan won Best Actor awards from the American Indian Film Festival, and from First Americans in the Arts, and a 1999 Independent Spirit Award for ‘Best Debut Performance’. Evan is the past host of Aboriginal Peoples Television Network’s #1-rated show Buffalo Tracks, was a regular on the CBC’s night-time TV series These Arms of Mine, and won an LA OutFest Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actor for The Business of Fancydancing. He has been a regular on the CBC TV series Da Vinci’s City Hall and APTN’s Raven Tales and recently won a Gemini Award for co-hosting the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards 2011, along with Adam Beach. Aside from his career in the arts, Evan has completed three years of pre-med studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC), a Medical Doctorate from the University of Calgary in 2002, and a Family Practice residency (as Chief Resident) in the Aboriginal Family Practice program at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC.