3. Academic Programs and Curriculum - Completed

29. Health Professions Training (has been implemented for fiscal year 2018)

The Task Force calls on our University to implement a five-year program (renewable) to increase the number of Indigenous students in all health-related professions based on Indigenous needs and priorities.The program should:

  • Work closely with Indigenous communities, educators and health professionals;
  • Specify a series of concrete steps and strategies including proactive intervention (the ‘Early Exposure Phase’) among Indigenous youth, transition support for Indigenous CEGEP students and mature students, and retention support for students in place;
  • Recognize the importance of Indigenous health curricula in health professional programs, and the importance of Indigenous faculty, scholars and support staff who will deliver the program to Indigenous youth and students;
  • Encompass a wide range of health professions, including but not limited to the units such as Communication Sciences and Disorders, Nursing, Physical and Occupational Therapy in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences; the Faculty of Dentistry; and the School of Human Nutrition in the Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences; and
  • Expand over time to include other health-related programs in other parts of the University, notably in the Faculties of Science and Education (particularly, areas of applied psychology), and in the School of Continuing Studies.


  • The Indigenous Initiatives unit is providing centralized, responsive support to Indigenous Health Professions Program colleagues.


31. Indigenous Studies Program (has been implemented for fiscal year 2018)

The Faculty of Arts is in the unique position of having an emerging discipline in its Indigenous Studies Program that stands as a significant growth area in terms of research, teaching, student interest, community engagement and alumni support. Although it is only two years old, its success aligns with experience at other institutions in Canada and the United States where full-blown Indigenous or Native Studies programs have been proven successful for the past several decades.

The Indigenous Studies Program needs to be solidified as a minor program before building out as an Institute for Indigenous Studies and Community Engagement. The Task Force calls on our University to take these steps:

  • provide teaching support for the Indigenous Studies Program for three years by hiring of a Faculty Lecturer;
  • provide a two-year postdoctoral fellowship to enhance research activities and opportunities in the Indigenous Studies Program; and
  • provide support for a part-time administrator and an annual operating budget to support advising activities, the coordination of collaborative relationships with Indigenous communities and organizations, and to sponsor visiting speakers and traditional knowledge holders.


  • The Campus Planning Development Office and the Indigenous Studies Program have identified a location and develop a space that meets the needs of the Indigenous Studies Program.
Back to top