Government establishes new Indigenous mentorship program

July 5, 2017

Jason Beardy, a first year student at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in Thunder Bay, says that the new national Indigenous Mentorship Network Program is “a much-needed step” in supporting those interested in pursuing a health care or research career. The program will be available to undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students, and will be characterized by a Two-Eyed Seeing approach, which combines Western perspectives with cultural teachings and knowledge around healing and traditional medicine. The federal government has provided the program with $8M in funding. “There will be increasingly more research done by Indigenous health care researchers on the issues that are of importance to them,” said Federal Minister of Health Jane Philpott. CBC | Chronicle Journal