Office of Indigenous Health

Stethoscope from Indigenous Studies

We work to further Indigenous Health Education by:

  • responding to questions regarding the Indigenous Student Application Program (ISAP);
  • developing and supporting Indigenous programming across the medical  and health professions education continuum for learners seeking knowledge about Indigenous concepts of community, health and healing;
  • supporting Temerty Faculty of Medicine Indigenous Undergraduate students through scholarships and bursaries;
  • developing curriculum around Indigenous concepts of health and healing;
  • creating a culturally safe learning environment for all learners;
  • mentoring learners to help them succeed along their chosen path in medicine undertaking Indigenous community outreach;
  • advocating to address interpersonal and systemic racism in collaboration with the Chief Diversity Officer and Temerty Office of Inclusion and Diversity;
  • undertaking Indigenous community outreach.

Our team

Dr. Chase McMurren
Indigenous Medical Education Theme Lead, MD Program

Dr. Lisa Richardson
Associate Dean, Inclusion and Diversity, Temerty Faculty of Medicine

Lindsey Fechtig
Manager, Office of Indigenous Health



Centre for Wise Practices in Indigenous Health (Women's College Hospital)

First Nations House

Indigenous Health in Ontario: An introductory guide for medical students

New Initiative

Zka’an Ni-Bmiwdoowin, Gchi-Kinoomaadwinan "Building the Fire, Walking with Medicine"

Currently in our pilot year, this two-week program is a collaboration between the Centre for Wise Practices (WCH), the Office of Health Professions Student Affairs and the Office of Indigenous Health (both U of T). We have identified the need to engage and expose Indigenous youth (grades 9 & 10) to healthcare career opportunities at younger ages to change the future of Indigenous healthcare representation, approaches, and leadership.

With the goal of increasing Indigenous participation in healthcare professions, this innovative and dynamic program will provide youth with culturally safe and trauma informed programming that includes land-based knowledges and relationships with mentors (trusted healthcare practitioners, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, Indigenous Medicine People, Healers and Land-based Practitioners). With greater exposure to Indigenous leadership and representation, youth will see their own knowledges, governance systems and healing practices reflected in the environment around them.

How to Apply:

Please complete the online application to apply to the Zka’an Ni-Bmiwdoowin Gchi-Kinoomaadwinanprogram. In the online application you'll be asked to provide your name, your gender, your contact information, the contact information for your parent/guardian, and emergency contact information.  To complete the application you’ll be asked to provide a statement of interest that explains "what makes you a good candidate for the Indigenous Youth Summer Healthcare Program." The statement of interest requires some reflection. You are encouraged to write your answer to this question in advance and then cut and paste it into the application form to avoid any disruptions to the application process.


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