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INDIGENOUS Reference Group

The Indigenous Reference Group (IRG)—formerly known as the Aboriginal Reference Group—was established to provide advice to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) on research, administration and academic issues in the promotion of excellence in higher learning and accommodation of the Aboriginal world view. The ARG serves as the primary resource for the Medical School in the fulfillment of its mandate concerning inclusive Aboriginal education and health research.

The IRG is an essential link between the School and the Indigenous community, serving to provide guidance and insight on the Indigenous perspective to the School. This includes liaising and maintaining ongoing communications with the School’s internal units, Indigenous communities and their educational units; and making recommendations to support Indigenous students.

Membership includes representation from the following organizations:

  • Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN);
  • Union of Ontario Indians;
  • Grand Council Treaty #3;
  • Independent First Nations;
  • Metis Nation of Ontario;
  • Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres;
  • Ontario Native Women’s Association;
  • Two Indigenous NOSM students (one from each campus); and,
  • One youth member.

Ex-officio (non-voting) members include:

  • The Dean or his designate;
  • Associate Dean, Community Engagement;
  • One representative from NOSM's Board of Directors;
  • One representative from NOSM's Academic Council;
  • One representative from Laurentian University's Native Education Council;
  • One representative from Lakehead University's Aboriginal Management Council

In addition, Elders (non-voting) are included in all IRG meetings.

Indigenous Reference Group Terms of Reference (Updated October 12, 2016)


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