Northern Ontario School of Medicine – Report Released by Indigenous Community Gathering

Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Expert Panel on Indigenous Relations at NOSM releases final report and recommendations at fifth Indigenous Community Partnership Gathering

THUNDER BAY – The Expert Panel on Indigenous Relations, engaged by the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) to review the relationships, structures and policies that exist between the School and Indigenous Peoples, has issued its final report and recommendations to the School.

Engaged by the School in February 2018, the panel included four faculty members—three Indigenous and one non-Indigenous—from other Canadian medical schools and Laurentian University, who collected and analyzed information over six months through document analysis, interviews and a survey.

Their final report, issued September 11, 2018, outlined 44 recommendations to deepen the relationships between NOSM and Indigenous Peoples upon a strong foundation of trust and respect, and ensure that structures and processes support improvement to Indigenous health and integration of Indigenous Peoples throughout NOSM’s education and research programs, organizational culture and daily interactions.

The report and recommendations were presented at the fifth Indigenous Community Partnership Gathering, held on the September 19-20 and hosted by Wauzhushk Onigum Nation near Kenora, Ontario.

Unfolding over two days, through ceremony, shared meals and conversation, the Gathering created a space for people to speak openly, for difficult questions and issues to be discussed and heard. More than one hundred Indigenous Elders, leaders and community members from across Northern Ontario provided feedback on the Expert Panel’s recommendations and direction on the plan for implementation. NOSM leaders, staff and faculty also reported back to communities on the actions taken in response to the recommendations made at the previous Gathering in 2014.

The recommendations from the Panel, as well as conversations at the Gathering, focused on Indigenous leadership, influence and authority in the School; cultural safety and cultural and academic support in the learning and work environment at NOSM; the effectiveness of the Indigenous Community Partnership Gatherings; adequacy of support for the Indigenous Affairs Unit, the Indigenous Reference Group and the Elders Council; specific curriculum related to Indigenous history, tradition, culture, worldview and health; and organizational processes that respect Indigenous history, tradition and culture.

The work of implementing the recommendations in partnership with the Indigenous Reference Group, Indigenous faculty, learners and leaders will include review and discussion by the NOSM Board, Academic Council, Executive Group and creation of a task force in the coming months.

“Since the beginning, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine has had a commitment to the Indigenous communities it serves, dating back to the first Indigenous Partnership Gathering in 2003,” said Dr. Catherine Cervin, Vice Dean Academic at NOSM. “The Expert Panel report highlights that there is much work still to be done to be truly accountable to the communities. and the report provides the steps for a positive way forward for Indigenous Peoples and communities, other Northern Ontario communities and the School, in the spirit of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.”


ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᐅᐁᐧ ᔐᒪᐠ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᐣ ᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌ

ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᐣ ᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌ

ᑲᐊᔭᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑭᑫᐣᑕᓱᐠ ᐅᐅᐁᐧ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐃᐧᒋᐃᐧᑐᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᒋ ᐅᐅᐁᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ (NOSM) ᐅᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐅᐸᑯᓭᐣᒋᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᓂᔭᓂᓇᐧ ᐊᔑᓇᐯᐃᐧ ᒪᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑐᐃᐧᓂᐠ

ᑲᐊᔭᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑭᑫᐣᑕᓱᐠ ᐅᐅᐁᐧ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐃᐧᒋᐃᐧᑐᐃᐧᐣ, ᐁᐦᐊ ᑲᑭᐱᒧᑐᐨ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐊᐣᑌᕑᐅ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐃᐧ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᐣ (NOSM) ᒋᓇᓇᑲᒋᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᐧᒋᐃᐧᑐᐃᐧᓇᐣ, ᐅᓇᒋᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐅᓇᔑᐁᐧᐃᐧᓂᓇᐣ ᑲᑕᑲᐧᑭᐣ ᐅᐅᒪ ᐅᒋ ᑭᐦᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐠ, ᐊᓴ ᐅᑭᐸᑭᑕᓇᓇᐊᐧ ᑭᔑᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑯᓭᐣᒋᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ.

ᐁᑲᐧ ᑭᐦᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ ᐅᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᑭᑐᑕᐠ ᑲᒐᑲᐧᑭᓯᐨ ᐱᓯᑦ 2018, ᐁᐦᐊᐠ ᓂᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᒋᐅᑭᐦᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐠ ᑭᐃᐧᒋᑕᐧᐊᐧᐠ—ᓂᐦᓯᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐯᔑᐠ ᐁᑲ ᑲᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐃᐧᐨ—ᐊᐦᐃᐠ ᑲᑭᐅᒋᓭᐊᐧᐨ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᑲᓀᐣᑎᔭᐣ ᒪᐡᑭᑭᐃᐧ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᕑᐊᐁᐧᐣᔑᐣ ᑭᒋᑭᐦᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧᑲᓂᑯᐠ—ᑲᑭᒪᐊᐧᑐᓇᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓇ ᑲᑭᓇᓇᑲᒋᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᐧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᓂᑯᑕᐧᓱ ᐱᓯᑦ ᒥᓂᑯᐠ ᐊᐦᐃ ᑲᔭᐊᐸᒋᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓇᐣ, ᑲᑫᐧᑌᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᒧᐡᑭᓀᐱᐦᐃᑫᐃᐧ ᐯᐸᓄᐣ.

ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᑭᓴᒋᒧᓂᐊᐧᐣ, ᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌ ᐊᐧᑌᐸᑲᐃᐧ ᐱᓯᑦ 11, 2018, ᓂᒥᑕᓇ ᓂᐃᐧᓴᑊ ᐸᑯᓭᐣᒋᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᑌᐊᐧᓄᐣ ᒋᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᒪᑲᐠ ᑲᐧᔭᐠ ᐃᐧᒋᐃᐧᑐᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᐊᔭᐠ ᐅᐅᐁᐧ ᐅᒋ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ (NOSM) ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐠ ᒥᐡᑯᐨ ᒋᒪᐡᑲᐊᐧᐠ ᑌᐯᐤᓂᒥᑐᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑭᒋᐃᓀᐣᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ, ᒥᓇ ᑫᒋᓇᐨ ᐅᓇᒋᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑐᑕᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᒋᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᒪᑲᑭᐣ ᑲᐧᔭᐠ ᒋᒥᓄᔭᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐠ ᒋᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐅᒪ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧ (NOSM) ᑭᐦᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᒥᓇ ᓇᓇᑲᒋᒋᑫᐃᐧ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ, ᒥᓇ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᐃᔑᓇᑲᐧᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑕᓱᑭᔑᑲ ᑲᐃᔑᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᒥᑎᓇᓂᐊᐧᐠ.

ᐁᑲᐧ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐸᑯᓭᐣᒋᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌᐊᐧᓄᐣ ᐅᐅᒪ ᓂᓇᔭᓇᐧ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᒪᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑐᐃᐧᓂᐠ, ᐃᐃᐁᐧ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ 19 ᐁᑲᐧ 20 ᐊᐧᑌᐸᑲᐃᐧᐱᓯᑦ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑲᑭᓂᑲᓂᐡᑲᐠ ᐅᐅᐁᐧ ᐊᐧᓴᐢᐠ ᐅᓂᑲᑦ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᓀᑫ ᑫᐣᓇᐧᕑᐊ, ᐊᐣᑌᕑᐅ ᑲᐃᔑᑕᑲᐧᐠ.

ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᐅᐁᐧ ᑲᑭᑐᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᓂᓱᑭᔑᑲ, ᐱᓇᒪ ᑭᓇᓇᑯᒥᓇᓂᐊᐧᐣ, ᑭᒪᒪᐃᐧ ᐃᐧᓯᓂᓇᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑭᐊᔭᒥᐦᐃᑐᓇᓂᐊᐧᐣ, ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᐅᐁᐧ ᒪᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑐᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᐸᑭᑎᓭ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᒋᐊᔭᒧᐊᐧᐨ, ᒥᓇ ᑲᐊᓂᒪᑲᑭᐣ ᑲᑫᐧᑌᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐃᔑᓭᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᒋᐊᓂᒧᒋᑲᑌᐊᐧᓄᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐁᑭᓄᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ. ᐊᐊᐧᔑᒣ ᐯᔑᑲᐧᒥᑕᓱᒥᑕᓇ ᑭᒋᐦᐊᔭᐠ ᑭᐱᓴᐊᐧᐠ, ᐅᓂᑲᓂᑕᒪᑫᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐠ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᑲᐅᒋᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᐅᒪ ᒥᓯᐁᐧ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐊᐣᑌᕑᐅ ᑲᑭᐅᑎᓭᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓇ ᑫᐃᐧᓇᐊᐧ ᐅᑭᑫᐣᑕᒪᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧ ᑲᑭᐸᑭᑎᓇᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᑐᒋᑲᑌᓂᐠ ᐅᑭᑫᐣᑕᓱᐠ ᐅᐸᑯᓭᐣᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐅᑭᑭᓄᔑᓄᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᐊᐱᐣ ᐅᐅᐁᐧ ᐊᐧᐁᐧᓇᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐊᓄᑭᑲᒋᑲᑌᐠ. ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ (NOSM) ᐅᓂᑲᓂᑕᒪᑫᐠ, ᐊᓄᑭᓇᑲᓇᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᑭᐦᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐠ ᑫᐃᐧᓇᐊᐧ ᐅᑭᑎᐸᒋᒧᑕᐊᐧᐊᐧᐣ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ ᒪᔭᑦ ᑫᑐᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᒋᑲᓄᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐸᑯᓭᐣᒋᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᑭᐸᑭᑎᓂᑲᑌᑲᐧᐸᐣ ᐱᐅᑕᓇᐠ ᒪᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑐᐃᐧᐣ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ 2014 ᑲᐊᐦᑭᐊᐧᐠ.

ᐁᑲᐧ ᐸᑯᓭᐣᒋᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᑭᐸᑭᑎᓇᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑭᑫᐣᑕᓱᐠ, ᒥᓇ ᑲᑭᐊᔭᒥᐦᐃᑐᓇᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᒪᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑐᐃᐧᓂᐠ, ᐊᐦᐃ ᑭᑲᓇᐊᐧᐸᒋᑲᑌ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐃᐧ ᓂᑲᓂᑕᒪᑫᐃᐧᐣ, ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐅᑭᒪᐃᐧᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ; ᐱᒪᑎᓱᐃᐧ ᐊᔭᑲᐧᒥᓯᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐱᒪᑎᓱᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑭᐦᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᐅᒪ ᑭᑫᐣᑕᓱᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᒥᓇ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐅᐅᒪ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ (NOSM); ᒥᓇ ᑲᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᓭᑭᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐃᐧ ᐃᐧᒋᐃᐧᑐᐃᐧᐣ ᒪᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑐᐃᐧᓇᐣ; ᒥᓇ ᑲᐧᔭᐠ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᐊᔭᐠ ᐅᐅᒪ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐃᐧ ᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᐁᐧᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ, ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯ ᐃᐧᑕᓄᑭᒥᑐᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᑭᒋᐦᐊᔭᐠ ᐅᑕᐱᑕᒪᑫᐠ; ᒥᓇ ᑭᐦᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᐣ ᒋᑭᐦᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑲᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐃᐧ ᑫᑯᓇᐣ ᑐᑲᐣ ᐱᐅᑕᓇᐠ, ᑐᑕᒧᐃᐧᐣ, ᐃᔑᐱᒪᑎᓱᐃᐧᐣ, ᐊᐦᑭᐃᐧ ᐃᓇᐸᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓄᔭᐃᐧᐣ;  ᒥᓇ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐣ ᑐᒋᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᑭᒋᐃᓀᐣᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᐧᐡᑲᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐃᐧ ᐃᔑᒋᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ, ᑐᑕᒧᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐃᔑᐱᒪᑎᓱᐃᐧᓇᐣ.

ᐁᑲᐧ ᒋᐊᓄᑭᑲᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᐸᑯᓭᐣᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐣ ᐃᐃᒪ ᐃᐧᑕᓄᑭᒥᑐᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᐅᒪ ᐅᑕ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐃᐧ ᐃᐧᑕᓄᑭᒥᑐᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᐅᒋ, ᒥᓇ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐃᐧ ᑭᐦᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ, ᒥᓇ ᐅᑭᑫᐣᑕᓱᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐅᓂᑲᓂᑕᒪᑫᐠ ᐁᐦᐊᐠ ᐅᑕ ᑲᔭ ᒋᓇᓇᑲᒋᑐᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᓇ ᒋᐊᓂᒧᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐅᑫᐧᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧ (NOSM) ᐅᑕᐱᑕᒪᑫᐠ, ᑭᐦᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧ ᐅᑕᐱᑕᒪᑫᐠ, ᑭᒋᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧ ᐅᑭᒪᐠ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᒋᐅᓇᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑫᐃᔑᒪᒋᐊᓄᑲᑌᐠ ᐅᐅᐁᐧ ᐁᐧᑎ ᐊᓂ ᐱᓯᒧᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᓂ ᓂᑲᐣ.

“ᐁᑲᐧ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐃᐧ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᑲᐃᐧᒋᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ, ᑕᐱᐡᑯᐨ ᐱᐅᑕᓇᐠ ᓂᐡᑕᑦ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐃᐧ ᒪᐊᐧᒋᐦᐃᑐᐃᐧᐣ ᑲᑭᑐᒋᑲᑌᑭᐸᐣ 2003 ᑲᐊᐦᑭᐊᐧᐠ,” ᐃᑭᑐ ᑕᐧᐠᑌᕑ ᑲᑎᕑᐃᐣ ᓭᕑᐱᐣ, ᑲᐊᓂᑫᓂᑲᓂᐡᑲᐠ ᑭᐦᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑫᐃᐧᐣ ᐅᐅᒪ ᐱᒧᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂᐠ (NOSM). “ᐅᑭᑫᐣᑕᓱᐠ ᐅᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᐃᐧᒋᑫᒪᑲᓄᐣ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᒥᐡᑕᐦᐃ ᐊᓄᑭᐃᐧᐣ ᐁᓇᑕᐁᐧᐣᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᒋᑐᑲᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᒋᐃᐧᒋᒋᑲᑌᑭᐣ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓇ ᑎᐸᒋᒧᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᑫᐧᒪᑲᐣ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑲᐧᔭᐠ ᑫᐃᔑᐃᐧᒋᐦᐃᔭᑲᓄᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᐠ ᒥᓇ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ, ᒥᓇ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐊᐣᑌᕑᐅ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ, ᐅᐅᒪ ᐅᒋ ᑌᐯᐤᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ, ᒥᓇ ᑯᑕᑭᔭᐣ ᑭᐁᐧᑎᓄᐠ ᐊᐣᑌᕑᐅ ᑕᔑᑫᐃᐧᓇᐣ ᐁᑲᐧ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᑲᒥᐠ, ᐅᐅᒪ ᐅᒋ ᑌᐯᐤᐃᐧᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐅᒥᓂᓂᑫᐃᐧ ᐅᑕᓄᑭᑕᒪᑫᐠ.”