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Siyani Kugathasan (McMaster University, PT)

Posted on October 31, 2023
Siyani completed a physiotherapy placement in Thunder Bay through McMaster University. During the placement, she was able to participate in traditional Indigenous events and deepen her interest in Indigenous health.

Siyani Kugathasan

I completed my rehab placement with the Neurology Outpatient program at St. Joseph’s Care Group in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Highlights from my NOSM University experience include the support from the teaching team, the excitement from the NOSM U team and the beauty of Northern Ontario.

My placement was so much more than just a typical placement. I walked in excited to learn more about Indigenous health in Canada and left with so many immersive experiences that further sparked my passion. Every person I came across jumped to share cool attractions that were must-visits and every weekend my roommate and I would head out on new adventures.

Some memorable moments include attending my first Pow Wow on Mount McKay at Fort William First Nation for Indigenous Peoples’ Day and sharing a meal with the excited children dressed in beautiful colours. I enjoyed the culture and work experience I gained in the small city and believe that both have made me a better health-care professional.