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November 3, 2022, Knowledge Sharing Circle: Ribbon Skirts, Shirts, Vests

Thursday, November 3, 2022, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Teaching topic: Ribbon Skirts, Ribbon Shirts/Vests

In-person participation and Webex

Please RSVP to indicate which room, MSE 215 or ATAC 6033, if you will be joining us in person. Light catering compliments of Indigenous Affairs for folks who have RSVP’d by noon Tuesday, November 1, 2022.

If you have any questions, please email Sally Monague, Cultural Coordinator at

Knowledge Sharing Circle Poster

Past Events

March 16, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. EST: Applying to Medical School Virtual Workshop: University and Postgraduate Students

Applying to Medical School Virtual Workshop

Hosted by Indigenous Affairs and Office of Admissions. 
Our guest speakers, Indigenous Learners and Residents, will talk about their journey to medical school. 

February 2, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. EST: Wellness, Balance and Anishinaabemowin Session with Joseph Pitawankwat of Creators Garden and Beedahbin Peltier of

November 24, 2021: Joe Pitawanakwat from Creators Garden Sessions

On November 24, 2021, Joe Pitawanakwat from Creators Garden hosted sessions for NOSM University learners, staff & faculty and also an evening session that was open to all. A brief description of each session and links to the recordings are below.

Learner Session: Welcome back Joe and join us as we learn together conversation style about pain management, the opioid crisis, prescription drug abuse and special consideration of the effects of medicine in relation to Elder abuse. Discussion about the historical context of use of traditional and western medicine within Indigenous cultures; socioeconomic issues that intertwine with access to medicine or knowledge keepers. The roles of a physician in the reunion of culture or when looking for care.

A recording of this session is now available: Learner Session with Joe P!

Staff & Faculty Session: Indigenous Affairs invites all NOSM staff and faculty to join Joe to talk about Bearberry tea Binekobiinhs.

A recording of this session is now available: Staff & Faculty Session with Joe P!

Community Session: Addictions Medicines & The Teachers of Responsibility: Sabe (big foot!) and Paiihns(ak) (little people!)

Indigenous Affairs at NOSM University and Joe from Creators Garden invite all NOSM U community members to join us in storytelling around Sabe (big foot!) and Paiihns(ak) (little people!) to explore the connections between Mental Health & Addictions medicines and how worldview is interconnected in our overall well-being.

A recording of this session is now available: Open Community Session with Joe P!

October 20th, 2021: Pathways to Careers in Health for High School Students

October 20, 2021: Pathways to Careers In Health for High School Students

October 20, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. virtual webinar.

Have you ever thought about working in the health sector or becoming a docto?

Learn about what you can do to help create a healthier Northern Ontario.

Join Lakehead University Health Sciences and NOSM University students as they share in their journeys in education.

The Indigenous Affairs Unit has partnered with the admissions team to bring our high school students in the north the opportunity to hear from Indigenous students in the health sciences.

High school students who attend will be entered into the attendance draw for a $50.00 gift card!

To register click here.

September 29, 2021: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

NOSM University whole school event Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

A recording of this session is now available: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Whole School Event 

Learn more about the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

September 8 & 9, 2021: Oweek with Joseph Pitawanakwat

This plant medicine teacher is reclaiming Anishinaabe names for species. Why that could be good for the planet | CBC RadioThe Indigenous Affairs Unit welcomes new students and introduces Joseph Pitawanakwat sharing Creators Garden.

A recording of this session is now available: UME Oweek 2021 Thunder Bay (learners only zone: password required)

A recording of this session is now available: UME Oweek 2021 Sudbury (learners only zone: password required)

July 21, 2021: Cedar Tea at CampMed

For high school students in CampMed.

Join Ash from the Indigenous Affairs Office in making cedar tea by the campfire at CampMed!

A recording of this session is now available: Indigenous Affairs CampMed Session

June 24, 2021: Indigenous Admissions Stream Information Session

This session is intended to support Indigenous applicants who are interested in applying to NOSM University through the Indigenous Admissions Stream. The information presented will be specific to the application for the Fall of 2022. The session will include:

  • A presentation from a current NOSM U Indigenous medical student talking about their application process and what it is like to be a medical student at NOSM.
  • A presentation from the Indigenous Affairs Unit staff outlining the supports and resources that you can look forward to at NOSM U as a medical student.
  • A presentation from a NOSM University Admissions Officer outlining the requirements for the NOSM U MD application process for the Indigenous Admissions Stream specifically
  • An opportunity to have your application questions answered during the Q & A session following the presentations.

A recording of this session is now available: Indigenous Admissions Stream Information Session

June 21, 2021: National Indigenous Peoples Day

Photo of Indigenous Knowledge Keeper Perry McLeod-Shabogesic holding an eagle featherOn behalf of the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, please join us for a Virtual Sunrise Ceremony on National Indigenous Peoples Day.

On Monday, June 21, 2021 at 5:45 a.m., Perry McLeod-Shabogesic of Nipissing First Nation will host us from his lodge and share the teaching of this ceremony. This is a day for all to recognize, honour, learn and celebrate Indigenous heritage and contributions of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada.

Everyone is welcome, please share the opportunity among your colleagues and peers!

If you have any questions, please contact Sally Monague, Indigenous Affairs, Cultural Coordinator at

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