The local photographer was asked to portray the stories of indigenous healthcare providers in Canada for The Lancet, one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world. The photo essay was featured in a special issue, released last week, focused on the successes and challenges in the Canadian healthcare system.
"They thought I was a portrait photographer - maybe this isn't really what they were looking for. They were looking for photo journalism. And I said, 'go to my Instagram account,'" Hughes said.
The ensuing photo essay brought Hughes in contact with elders, researchers, students, administrators and health care professionals working to support the health and wellbeing of indigenous communities. All but two of the portrait subjects were based in Prince George and northern B.C. Caron worked closely with Hughes on the series, and is featured in one of the photographs.
"I was really appreciative that the people let me into their life and gave me such personal information and laid it out," Hughes said.
"That's something, I think, for the north to be proud of," Caron told The Citizen.
"I think that it's so wonderful that there's a magnifying glass on the various perspectives on this indigenous element," she said.