mars 24, 2023


The Howard Vincent Reconciliation Award honours a non-Indigenous individual who has demonstrated commitment to furthering Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples within the Can-SOLVE CKD Network or who has inspired others to continue Reconciliation efforts.

Reconciliation must take root in our hearts and through our actions, and the Howard Vincent Award celebrates those who demonstrate exceptional leadership, integrity and respect while taking meaningful action towards Reconciliation.

We invite all network members to nominate a champion of Reconciliation who strives to build relationships across cultures.

What are the selection criteria for the award?

The award recipient will be a non-Indigenous individual who is currently involved in Can-SOLVE CKD Network and:

  • partners with researchers, policy-makers, and health care providers for the betterment of Indigenous health;
  • demonstrates leadership, innovation, and creativity in their work with Can-SOLVE CKD and beyond;
  • demonstrates leadership, integrity, respect, and a strong will for change

How do I nominate?

Nominations can come from a person affiliated with the Can-SOLVE CKD Network, including staff, researchers, research team members, and patient partners. Nominations are now CLOSED. To nominate someone, please complete this form:


The selection committee for the Howard Vincent Reconciliation Award includes representation by Indigenous Knowledge Keepers and leadership. Volunteers and suggested members for this committee would be appreciated. Please contact Catherine Turner (

Howard’s Story

Howard was a patient partner and member of the Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement and Research Council who was known throughout the network as a strong and passionate voice for those living with kidney disease.

Howard brought many remarkable attributes to the network, including his exceptional candor and a willingness to speak honestly and openly, whether addressing fellow patients or a conference hall full of physicians. He had a knack for voicing important, sometimes uncomfortable perspectives that challenged conventional thinking and forced to us to reflect critically on our work. When Howard spoke, we all stopped to listen, and the network was so much stronger for his contributions.

Howard was committed to using his experiences to help others. As a patient partner on the Kidney Check project in British Columbia, he brought crucial insights to the table that helped shape the engagement of Indigenous communities across BC. He was also a valued member of the Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement and Research Council who worked to foster mutual respect and cultural safety in relationships between health researchers and Indigenous peoples. In addition to his roles with Can-SOLVE CKD, Howard worked for more than 20 years with Lake Babine First Nation in Burns Lake, British Columbia, providing counselling services in the area of mental health, addictions, grief and loss, and historical trauma.

When he joined the network in 2015, Howard wrote to his fellow patient partners, “Being involved in Can-SOLVE CKD is an opportunity to bring an awareness and a message to all who are dealing with CKD, especially the marginalized of our society. They need care, love and knowledge so they can have a chance to live a good life.” All of us across the network will keep Howard’s words and his memory in our hearts as we work to realize this vision.

Past Nominees and Recipients (bolded):

2021 announcement

  • Joanne Kappel
  • Heather Harris
  • Simone Dew

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