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Commitees, Community Relations and Partnerships

Indigenous Affairs (IA) works in partnership with multiple services, communities and organizations across Northern Ontario to support learners, staff, faculty and the greater NOSM community. This includes the following:

Local Community Coordinator Partnerships

In 2020, NOSM celebrated 15 years working with Local Community Coordinators. First-year medical students at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) spend four weeks in an Indigenous community as part of their Integrated Community Experience (ICE). Since 2006, NOSM has relied on Local Community Coordinators (LCC) to guide and support medical students while they are there. The LCC role is key to the success of the community placement experience. For more information, contact our Community Coordinator.

Matawa Health Co-Op and Eabametoong First Nation

Remote First Nations Residency Stream: This stream comes with a two-year Return of Service (ROS) obligation to Matawa Health Co-operative (MHC). The MHC serves multiple Matawa communities in both urban and remote locales and there is an expectation that physicians would spend approximately 1 week a month in a remote setting, such as Eabametoong First Nations, alongside their other duties as assigned by the MHC.

Laurentian University

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is a joint initiative of Lakehead University and Laurentian University. The School’s 1,300 faculty members educate physicians, dietitians, physician assistants, audiologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and speech-language pathologists in nearly 100 sites distributed across its wider campus of Northern Ontario.

One of NOSM’s main sites, Laurentian University, NOSM’s other main site, is located in the city of Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. With a population of 155,000, Greater Sudbury is located in Northeastern Ontario, approximately 400 km north of Toronto or 500 km northwest of Ottawa (5 hour drive). It is a full-service city situated on the Trans-Canada Highway. Check out Laurentian University Indigenous Student Affairs.

Lakehead University

One of NOSM’s main sites, Lakehead University is located in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, (population 117,000) on the shores of Lake Superior.  Our faculty, staff, programs and services team up to provide an extensive range of learning choices and alternatives, offering an unbeatable combination of quality education at one of the most beautiful campuses in Canada. Check out Lakehead University Indigenous Initiatives.

Indigenous Affairs supports our community with the following committees:

Indigenous Reference Group

The Indigenous Reference Group (IRG) recognizes the importance of providing spaces for Indigenous voices to be centered within the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. As such, there is a commitment to address broader concerns within Indigenous health including governance, and advocacy. This means ensuring accountability within our own internal processes, within the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and all other areas of Indigenous health. 

The Indigenous Reference Group is established to provide leadership to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in the areas of research, administration and academic issues in order to promote excellence in higher learning and ensure appropriate reflection and inclusion of the Indigenous worldview(s). The Indigenous Reference Group will serve as the primary resource for NOSM in fulfillment of its social accountability mandate concerning inclusion of both Indigenous learners and the Indigenous worldview(s) in the education it provides. 

Terminology: Indigenous is a collective name for the Original Peoples of North America and their descendants. The Canadian Constitution, Constitution Act 1982, recognizes three groups of Indigenous peoples – First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. These are three separate Peoples with unique heritages, languages, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs. 

Indigenous Reference Group Terms of Reference Updated October 12, 2016

Academic Indigenous Health Education Committee

The Academic Indigenous Health Education Committee (AIHEC) functions in collaboration with other committees of Academic Council to advance the social accountability mandate of the school with respect to academic issues related to Indigenous Health Education.

Indigenous Admissions Sub-Committee

The Indigenous Admissions Sub-Committee recommends and advises the Admissions Committee on culturally safe and appropriate admissions policies and procedures related to Indigenous candidates. The Sub-Committee assists with the review of candidates applying to the UME Program through the Indigenous Admissions Stream.

Post Graduate Medical Education Remote First Nation Residency Stream Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Committee is to ensure equal and joint decision making between MFNM and NOSM Family Medicine in the development and operation of this stream. The Committee has overall responsibility for the design, implementation, management, and evaluation of this stream and is led by Co-Chairs from both organizations.