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Indigenous Applicants

The Faculty of Medicine welcomes applications from First Nations, Inuit and Métis applicants. We encourage you to self-identify in your application and to contact us if you have any questions about our programs or processes.

Specific applicant categories and processes are in place for First Nations and Inuit students who are residents of Quebec, and Registered Inuit Beneficiaries who are residents of Nunavut. These are described in detail under the relevant tabs in the table below.

First Nations & Inuit (residents of Quebec)

The province of Quebec created a Quebec First Nations and Inuit Faculties of Medicine Program (QFNIFMP) in 2008.  Every year, four (4) students from Quebec who have First Nations or Inuit1 status may be admitted to the MDCM program if they meet the following criteria for admission:

  • A minimum R score (28 or more) which will be used for the basis of admission;
  • Availability for mentoring/tutoring provided by the First Nations or Inuit and the faculties of medicine involved in the program throughout the duration of their studies.

The four QFNIFMP places are available at all of the Quebec faculties of medicine (Université Laval, Université de Montréal, McGill University and Université de Sherbrooke). The choice of university is based on a candidate’s preference, as well as available places within those faculties.


Applicants with First Nations or Inuit status may choose whether or not to declare their status.  If they decide to declare and confirm their status as members of the First Nations or Inuit communities of Quebec, their applications will be simultaneously considered in the regular Quebec cohort (applications will be evaluated according to the standard selection processes for this cohort and will include participation in McGill’s bilingual Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMI) based on academic and non-academic criteria) and the First Nations and Inuit cohort. It is therefore possible for a candidate’s application to be assessed in both applicant pools.

Applicants who choose not to declare their First Nations or Inuit status will be assessed in the same pool as the regular Quebec university cohort.


 1 To be eligible for the program, an applicant must be a member of the First Nations or Inuit community, under the Indian Act (RSC, C1-5) or in the Inuit client registry. Valid First Nations or Inuit status must be confirmed with the QFNIFMP coordinator. You must identify yourself to program coordinator, Yves Sioui, at Yves [dot] Sioui [at] cssspnql [dot] com, or 418-842-1540, ext. 235, as soon as possible to confirm First Nations or Inuit status.  Mr. Sioui can also answer any questions you have about the QFNIFMP program.



 If you would like to apply for admission to the MDCM program at McGill University as a candidate, you must:

  • be First Nations under the Indian Act (RSC, C1-5) or Inuit (registered in the Inuit client registry) and confirm your status as a member of the First Nations or Inuit of Quebec;
  • be a Quebec resident;
  • declare your aboriginal status on your application form;
  • meet the general requirements for admission to the MDCM program (university applicants) or Med-P program(CEGEP applicants);
  • submit your application and required documents by the relevant deadlines


NB: You must submit an application for each Faculty of Medicine to which you are seeking admission.

Selection process

When you apply to the QFNIFMP your application will be evaluated as follows:

A prescreening determines which applications will move forward in the admissions process (one-on-one interviews, First Nations or Inuit standardized autobiographical essay (NASPN-I), McGill MMIs), is based on a candidate’s academic record (CEGEP or university R score).  Approximately 14 candidates for will be selected to continue on in the admissions process. They will be notified by e-mail with information on subsequent steps.

The final rank order list will be weighted according to the following criteria:

  • Academic record: 25%;
  • One-on-one interview : 25%;
  • First Nations or Inuit standardized autobiographical essay (NASPN-I), which must be e-mailed to Sandrine Charrette-Martineau, admissions coordinator for PFMPNIQ, Sandrine [dot] Charette-Martineau [at] fmed [dot] ulaval [dot] ca,: 25%
  • Multiple mini-interviews (MMI) at McGill University in the language of your choice (English or French): 25%.

The Quebec Medical Interfaculty Admissions Committee is responsible for the selection of candidates.

The Quebec First Nations and Inuit Faculties of Medicine Program aims to facilitate access to the medical profession for Quebec First Nations and Inuit students. Interested students may access support through the application process, and successful candidates who are ultimately admitted to medical programs benefit from mentoring from First Nations and Inuit doctors and, wherever possible, First Nations or Inuit medical students. For more information about the Program, click here

To read up on outreach initiatives organized by the Admissions, Equity and Diversity office, we invite you to read these following articles in the Kahnawake News and McGill Reporter.

Registered Inuit Beneficiaries (residents of Nunavut)

The Faculty of Medicine welcomes applications from any applicant who is an Inuk, a Canadian citizen, and a Registered Inuit Beneficiary and who is associated with the Nunavut Settlement Area. Eligible candidates will be considered for admission to the MDCM program. 

Under an agreement between McGill University and the Government of Nunavut, successful candidates will have access to any necessary academic support, faculty and peer mentoring, and will have their tuition fees covered by the Government of Nunavut and may be required to complete a return-to-service agreement in consideration thereof.  

Candidates may be required to complete a qualifying year before entering the M.D.,C.M. program.

For more information about this program or to speak with a current student in this program, please contact our office. 

First Nations, Inuit and Métis applicants

McGill University and the Faculty of Medicine seek to increase the number of qualified Aboriginal students gaining admission to, and excelling in, all programs at McGill University.

Therefore, we encourage all First Nations, Inuit, and Métis applicants to identify themselves on their application form and in their personal statement. This will allow admissions decision-makers to use McGill's Aboriginal admission evaluation process and take into consideration the educational experiences particular to members of an Aboriginal community. It will also allow us to provide additional service and information to applicants about support services and funding opportunities for Aboriginals at McGill.

Self-identification is entirely optional for Aboriginal applicants; furthermore, self-identification can in no way negatively impact the admission decision. McGill recognizes that Aboriginal applicants, their communities and connections between the two are extremely varied. For some, Aboriginal identity and community connection runs deep, for others it is less significant. If you consider yourself as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis, we hope that you will self-identify on your McGill application.