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Indigenous Affairs Unit Reports

Indigenous Affairs at NOSM (2011)

Elders Handbook (2011)

Indigenous Pilot Placement Report (November 2005)

Pathways to Well-Being Workshop

Report 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 

"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.

"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 a mutually beneficial collaboration. Following the opening of the workshop, the MNO and the School officially announced and signed a historic Collaboration Agreement.  


"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 centered 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



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