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Milestones reached in Indigenous Health Initiative

Apr 16, 2018

Bernice Downey

Above: Dr. Bernice Downey

Important milestones are being reached in the development of the Indigenous Health Initiative of McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences.

The comprehensive project aims to address systemic barriers in health sciences education for Indigenous learners, as well as educate faculty and administrators regarding Indigenous health.

It also focuses on collaboration with both internal and external partners to better integrate Indigenous knowledge and issues into educational and research programs within the Faculty.

The initiative is informed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which identified Indigenous health inequity in Canada and its link to the overall impact of colonization and government assimilative policy.

“This initiative is incredibly important as it represents a commitment by the Faculty and institution to educational reform,” said Bernice Downey, the Indigenous health lead for the Faculty of Health Sciences and a medical anthropologist of Ojibwe and Celtic heritage.

Read the full story at McMaster Daily News

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