About NOSM Education Research Communities


The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is committed to meeting the needs of the people of Northern Ontario. At the earliest stages of development, NOSM engaged Indigenous peoples and communities of Northern Ontario as part of its mandate to be accountable to the cultural diversity of Northern Ontario.

In 2003, Indigenous peoples from across Northern Ontario attended a workshop to provide input on the development of the School. Participants of the Follow Your Dreams workshop identified that Indigenous peoples were looking for NOSM to be an "Indigenous friendly" medical school which would:

  • Encourage and nurture Indigenous students into and through medical school;
  • Acknowledge and respect Indigenous history, traditions and cultures;
  • Access the expertise and resources in Indigenous communities;
  • Establish partnerships with Indigenous communities; and,
  • Incorporate into the curriculum the challenges and specific health priorities of Indigenous communities.

The Indigenous Affairs Unit at NOSM works to carry out the recommendations of the workshop. In addition, the Unit identifies and implements new initiatives in support of the School’s commitment to Indigenous communities. Members of the unit:

  • Ensure meaningful collaboration with Indigenous communities;
  • Assist in the recruitment of Indigenous students;
  • Recruit Indigenous host communities for medical students; and,
  • Advise the School's senior leadership, committees and working groups.

Contact Information: 

Sam Senecal
Regional Indigenous Community Coordinator
Tel: 705-254-7826
Cell: 705-943-7757
Fax: 807-766-7336
Email: sam.senecal@nosm.ca

Sally Monague
Indigenous Support Worker
Tel: 705-662-7113
Cell: 705-698-7099
Fax: 807-766-7336
Email: sally.monague@nosm.ca

Laura Calmwind
Regional Indigenous Community Coordinator
Tel: 807-766-7466
Cell: 807-633-2769
Fax: 807-766-7336
Email: laura.calmwind@nosm.ca

Catherine M. Jones
Administrative Assistant
Tel: 807-766-7487
Cell: 807-632-2298
Fax: 807-766-7336
Email: catherine.jones@nosm.ca


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