The College of Medicine is dedicated to responding to the Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Report and work in a mutually beneficial and collaborative manner with the Aboriginal peoples of Saskatchewan to define and address the present and emerging health needs in Aboriginal communities.
Aboriginal Admissions Program
Making the Links
Making the Links started in 2005 as a unique service learning experience offered by the College of Medicine. Selected undergraduate medical students experience community health and development in three contexts:
- Urban underserved community at SWITCH (the Student Wellness Initiative Towards Community Health) in Saskatoon
- Remote communities in northern Saskatchewan (Île-à-la-Crosse, Dillon, Kawacatoose, and Pine House)
- International communities globally.
Aboriginal Health Committee
The Aboriginal Health Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and community members who are dedicated to Indigenous health. The IHC exists to strengthen culturally-based linkages between Indigenous world views and the medical community.
The committee offers many services to the College of Medicine, including:
- Reviewing and vetting Aboriginal curriculum through a community based approach.
- Working with Indigenous and non-Aboriginal students (pre-med, undergrad, & residency) to provide unique experiential learning opportunities through placements in Indigenous communities.
- Assistance in learning about Aboriginal protocols, communities, and Elders.
- Connecting faculty, staff, and students with Aboriginal communities for initiatives, advocacy, and other activities that enhance Aboriginal health.
For more information, please contact Joanna Winichuk.