Support for Indigenous students is key to their success. The Indigenous Health Professions (IHP) Program realizes that many aspects of support are unique for Indigenous students. Support programs are currently in place for some of the schools (see below) and we are developing more support programs to help students achieve their goals. These programs include or will include:
- Indigenous health professional student welcoming event, workshops and conferences offered annually
- Indigenous health student gatherings hosted by the IHP Program throughout the school year
- Partnership with First Peoples' House of McGill
- Elder-in-residence providing one-on-one support, circles, and ceremonies
- Student scholarships
The Elaine Kilabuk Inuit and Indigenous Health Professions Student Award 2022
Deadline - September 23, 2022
This scholarship is intended to help support the training of an Inuit student from Nunavut in medicine at McGill. Should there not be an Inuit student available, an Indigenous student will be awarded this scholarship per the criteria below. The award is named after Dr. Elaine Kilabuk, an Inuk medical graduate from Nunavut.
Dr. John H. Burgess Distinguished Scholarship (McGill University)
Established in 2011 by John H Burgess, B.Sc.'54, M.D.,C.M.'58. Awarded by the Faculty of Medicine to one or more students from Indigenous communities in Canada on the basis of academic merit, with preference given to students of Inuit, Métis or First Nations heritage or to one or more students nominated by the Widening Participation Committee that attends to diversity and equity in recruitment and admission to Medicine at McGill University. For over three decades Dr. Burgess demonstrated his commitment to serving the Inuit in Canada's North as a consulting cardiologist. Dr. Burgess wishes to continue his legacy of service by supporting the training of future physicians from underserved regions in Canada.
Scholarship value: varies. May be renewed.
Dr. John G. Cassils Major Entrance Scholarship (McGill University)
Established in 2015 by Dr. John G. Cassils, B.Sc.'61, M.D.'66 (University of Alberta) for one or more students in the M.D.,C.M. program from Indigenous communities in Canada on the basis of academic merit. Preference will be given to students of First Nations, Inuit or Métis heritage. Awarded by the Faculty of Medicine's Scholarships Committee on the recommendation of the Office of Admissions.
Scholarship value: varies.
The Indigenous Health Professions Program is inclusive of everyone who self-identifies as an Indigenous person. Some scholarships, reserved seats for admissions and other programs are restricted to status First Nations, registered Inuit and Métis registered with one of the five provincial Métis organizations recognized by the Métis National Council (Métis BC Nation, Métis Nation of Alberta, Manitoba Métis Federation, Métis Nation of Saskatchewan and the Métis Nation of Ontario).
The IHPP can connect students to various other support units on campus that provide further information on financial support opportunities available across campus. Examples of other support units include:
- The First Peoples House that can connect Indigenous students to the Provost’s Indigenous Achievement Award
- McGill’s Scholarships and Student Aid Office that can provide students with one on one financial counselling
Additional Faculty or Unit specific opportunities can be discovered through the Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool provided by Indigenous Services Canada.
When possible the IHPP also earmarks some of its own operating budget to provide financial support for Indigenous students in the Health Professions. These funds are usually provided for material support such as the purchase of textbooks, program specific equipment, conference attendance fees etc.
Contact us via email or during our office hours with any questions and we’ll guide you as best as we can.
There are many mentorship and support initiatives for Indigenous students within the Faculty of Medicine. Indigenous students have access to a range of services and support to ensure success in their respective programs and to flourish in the community. Looking forward, interprofessional mentoring programs are in development.
- In the MDCM program, Indigenous students are linked with individual mentors.
- The Ingram School of Nursing offers the Nursing Peer Mentorship Program
- The School of Social Work offers mentoring through Indigenous Access McGill.
- The First Peoples' House Cousins Program offers peer mentoring to all Indigenous students at McGill.
- Indigenous Health Research mentorship and research support is offered via the Quebec Indigenous Mentorship Program
Starting in 2020 the IHPP bought on board Calvin Jacobs as our Elder in Residence. Calvin is a Traditional Knowledge Holder and Faith Keeper from Kahnawake who has been working with Traditional Elders and Medicine People in his community for the past 15 years. Most recently he helped our students celebrate Mid-Winter at the start of the winter semester, as well as providing one on one guidance to those students who requested it.
Office hours are currently on hold due to the ongoing pandemic. However virtual office hours should start up again in the Fall. Watch this page for further updates.