Who was Dr. Peter Henderson Bryce?
Dr. Peter Henderson Bryce was a public health physician in the late 1800′s and early 1900′s, chief medical officer for the Indian Department and an expert in tuberculosis, practicing in Toronto area. In his work, he noted rates of TB were excessively high for native children in Indian residential schools and he fought for the rights of these children to have treatment and better conditions. The governments did not heed his advice and demoted him, but he died in 1932 never giving up fighting for these children despite his personal and professional sacrifices, upholding his own values and beliefs. Hence this award is being given to those who similarly work and advocate with considerable personal and professional efforts, keeping these values and beliefs of right to appropriate health care and social services as did Dr. Peter Henderson Bryce. (courtesy of Med-e News)
Read more about Dr. Peter Bryce’s work: Crusading for the Forgotten: Dr. Peter Bryce, Public Health, and Prairie Native Residential Schools