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Northern Passages

Northern Passages, is a quarterly publication which conveys news about the School’s multi-faceted activities. Its broad coverage informs and entertains with detailed commentary on program development, conferences, profiles, and other information germane to the School and its Northern stakeholders.

Distribution includes governmental bodies, health-care centres, NOSM faculty, our various community partners across the North, including Indigenous and Francophone communities. Northern Passages is available online in PDF format.

Archived Northern Passages

The Scope

The Scope Scope can be defined as: the range of one’s perceptions, thoughts, or actions; the geographical or perceived area covered by a given activity; or, a viewing instrument such as a microscope or telescope. In most modern usages of the word scope, there is a unifying theme of examination or investigation.

In this case, Scope includes all of these ideas. Research at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is reflective of the School’s mandate to be socially accountable to the diversity of Northern Ontario. As such, studies are being undertaken in a range of subjects including culturally appropriate care for Indigenous peoples, new drug technologies, cancer screening methods, patient rehabilitation, lake water quality, and so much more. Subjects being studied are as varied as the geographic area of NOSM’s wider campus of Northern Ontario and as diverse as the researchers themselves: faculty members in the School’s Human, Medical, and Clinical Sciences Divisions, residents, medical students, a broad range of health-professional learners, and collaborators.

Although this publication cannot provide the full scope of exciting research happening across Northern Ontario, we hope it provides a glimpse into some of the work being done with a view of improving the health of Northern Ontarians and beyond.

The Scope


NOSM Achievement Reports

Indigenous Affairs

Elders Handbook (2011)

Indigenous Pilot Placement Report

Indigenous Affairs at NOSM (2011)

Pathways to Well-Being Workshop

Summary Report
Full Workshop Report

Reports on NOSM Indigenous Research Gatherings 

Indigenous Research Gathering – June 22 – 24, 2016

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) welcomed delegates from Indigenous communities of Northern Ontario to the Indigenous Research Gathering 2016 in the territory of the Anishinabek (Ojibway) Peoples of Baawaating and where the Métis have resided. The two-day Gathering, hosted June 22 – 24, 2016 and preceded by an afternoon and evening of ceremony and reflection, provided many opportunities for the delegates, invited guests, and organizers to interact and talk about how research can be better incorporated and be more meaningful for the communities of Northern Ontario.

Indigenous Research Gathering Summary Report

Indigenous Research Gathering Report

Report on NOSM Indigenous Gatherings

Gididaa Bimaadiziwin Wenji-Maamoobiiding (Gathering Together for Life and Wellbeing) – September 19-20, 2018

From September 19-20, 2018, Wauzhushk Onigum Nation welcomed us again for NOSM’s fifth Indigenous Community Partnership Gathering, Gathering Together for Life and Well-Being. Unfolding over two days, through ceremony, shared meals and conversation, the Gathering brought together more than one hundred Indigenous Elders, leaders and community members, creating a space for people to speak openly, and for difficult questions and issues to be heard and discussed.

Gathering Report – Gididaa Bimaadiziwin Wenji-Maamoobiiding

“Walking the Vision” – August 13 – 15, 2014

From August 13-15, 2014, Chapleau Cree First Nation hosted the Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s (NOSM) fourth Indigenous Community Partnership Gathering, called “Walking the Vision.”

NOSM senior leaders, faculty, and staff gathered with over 100 Indigenous community members from across Northern Ontario to:

  • Develop, strengthen, and enhance relationships.
  • Provide information regarding past recommendations made to NOSM at the last gathering May 2011.
  • Report about the tangible progress NOSM has made in implementing those recommendations.
  • Seek recommendations about how the School can refine its practices, activities, and outcomes to ensure that NOSM continues to meet the needs of Aboriginal peoples across Northern Ontario.




Mamma I’m Coming Home – Dr. Doris Mitchell, Family Physician and NOSM Alumnae


“Living the Vision” – May 25 – 27, 2011

NOSM and the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) co-hosted an Indigenous Workshop entitled “Living the Vision” on May 25 – 27, 2011 in Sudbury, Ontario.

This workshop, NOSM’s third Indigenous gathering, is a follow-up to the “Follow Your Dreams” workshop held in Wauzhushk Onigum in June 2003 and the “Keeping the Vision” workshop held at Fort William First Nation in August of 2006. The purpose of the workshop was to inform Indigenous peoples of the progress made by the School on recommendations received during the previous two Indigenous workshops and to provide a forum for continuing dialogue between Indigenous peoples and NOSM.

The MNO and NOSM have a range of common goals; both are actively involved and engaged with serving their communities and have, as a part of their mandates, a focus on reflecting the needs of the communities they serve. As such, there is a solid basis for mutually beneficial collaboration. Following the opening of the workshop, the MNO and the School officially announced and signed a historic Collaboration Agreement.


English, followed by Oji-Cree

“Keeping the Vision” – August 1 – 3, 2006

Indigenous community and health-care leaders from across Northern Ontario spent three days engaged in discussions at a workshop hosted by the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. The “Mii Kwen Daan – Continuing the Dialogue” workshop, held at Fort William First Nation, provided a forum for participants to discuss opportunities to further engage Indigenous communities into the ongoing development of the School.

Some of the recommendations arising out of the discussions centred around:

  • Communications: Evaluate the mechanisms used to communicate with Aboriginal communities to maximize their impact and effectiveness.
  • Community Engagement: Provide further opportunities for students and community staff to interact and learn from each other to prepare them for community and cultural learning experiences.
  • Admissions: Advocate for greater financial support for Aboriginal medical students and applicants.
  • Curriculum: Develop additional opportunities to increase and sustain cultural awareness.
  • Research: Establish an Ethics Review sub-committee of the Aboriginal Reference Group.



“Follow Your Dreams” – June 10 – 12, 2003

In June of 2003, NOSM hosted its first Indigenous Partnership Gathering in the Anishnaabeg community of Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation, near Kenora. The three-day gathering brought together over 130 delegates from Indigenous communities across the North. The report from this first Gathering served as a blueprint for the establishment of the Indigenous Affairs Unit and the Indigenous Reference Group, as well as the development of partnerships with Indigenous communities so that all NOSM medical students have a mandatory four-week cultural immersion experience in their first year.


Francophone Affairs

2018 Francophone Symposium: Research at the Heart of Francophone Vitality

The Francophone Affairs Unit of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) hosted its 6th Francophone Symposium from April 5-7, 2018 at Laurentian University in (l’Association francophone du savoir) as part of their 25th anniversary proceedings, and the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS), Laurentian University chapter. It focussed on research in the Francophone minority context, with an overarching theme being Research in the Minority Francophone Context: Widening Our Horizons.

This symposium brought together health professionals and community members interested in Francophone health. These symposia are meant to inform and promote networking within the Francophone population, as well as explore questions of importance and relevance to Francophone health issues.

Through networking, small-group work, and discussions, the delegates received an update on the Francophone component of the School and learned about Francophone health issues and priorities as well as research initiatives and projects relating to the health of Francophones in northern Ontario and beyond.

Please consult the Program to find out about all the sessions which were presented.

Report: coming soon

2012 Francophone SSymposium: Rendez-Vous – International Conference

Community stakeholders and conference delegates from around the world consider Francophone health.

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) welcomed community stakeholders and Rendez-Vous 2012 international conference delegates with an interest in Francophone health to the School’s fourth Francophone Symposium, held in Thunder Bay.  This one-day event encouraged participants to examine current best practices and the resulting impact of service, education, and research on the health status of Francophones in Northern Ontario and around the world.

Throughout this interactive symposium, participants were engaged in group work, small and large group discussions as well as in knowledge and ideas sharing to enhance the communities and organizations they represent, whether in Northern Ontario or beyond.

2010 Francophone Symposium: Health – a Community Issue

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine held its 2010 Francophone Symposium in Sudbury on April 28 – 30, 2010.

The symposium’s general theme was Health – A Community Issue.

This event sought to move the School’s Community Engagement initiatives forward in fulfilling its commitment to the needs of Francophone communities in Northern Ontario, to examine current health best practices and services, and discuss collaborative approaches designed to enhance effective health care in Northern Ontario.

Consultation communautaire / Community Consultation

Francophone Community Engagement: Insight | Guidance | Action  (English)

Engagement communautaire francophone : Comprendre | orienter | agir  (Français)


2007 Francophone Symposium : The Great Seduction… of Doctors in Northern Ontario

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine presented its 2007 Francophone Symposium, 2nd in the series, on September 21-22, 2007 titled “La grande séduction… des médecins du Nord de l’Ontario”, held at the Cedar Meadows Resort in Timmins.

This symposium featured high profile speakers including Ontario’s first and newly appointed French Language Services Commissioner, Mr. François Boileau, and Mr. Hubert Gauthier, President and CEO of Société Santé en français.

Symposium guest speakers discussed a wide range of topics related to the theme of recruitment, including plans for medical students and residents after graduation; current and future strategies and best practices to retain physicians in the North; involvement and participation to assist medical students and residents to integrate into communities; and how primary health-care models might be used to facilitate physician recruitment.

Please consult the Symposium program and report to obtain all the details of the sessions.

2005 Francophone Symposium: Anchored within the Francophone Communities’ Reality in Northern Ontario

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) held its inaugural Francophone Symposium in May 2005. The event was instrumental in responding to the needs of the Francophone people and communities of Northern Ontario.

The Symposium was organized to establish a dialogue with Northern Ontario Francophones and provide a discussion forum to learn about their ideas and suggestions in terms of guiding the future of NOSM, which received its first students in September 2005.

This symposium is only one expression of the motivation of Francophones, and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s Francophone Reference Group would like NOSM to acknowledge the political determination of the provincial government to give Francophones and the French language the place they deserve, by providing more concrete opportunities to acquire recognition and development for Francophone communities, particularly by giving them better access to quality health care services in their language, not only in major cities, but in remote parts of the province.

Please consult the Symposium report to obtain all the details of the délibérations.

Interprofessional Learning and Collaborative Practice


NOSM’s Model, Researched

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine has been the subject of many research projects to assess the efficacy of its strategies to improve the health of the people and communities of Northern Ontario.

View academic publications related to NOSM.

Please visit NOSM’s Research homepage for more information on NOSM Research reports and publications.



Multi-Year Accountability Agreement (MYAA) Report Back

Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research (CRaNHR)