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 Indigenous peoples of Saskatchewan to define and address the present and emerging health needs in Indigenous communities.
Indigenous Admissions Pathway
Through the College of Medicine Indigenous Admissions Pathway, Métis, Inuit and First Nations people can apply for admission to the Medical Doctor (MD) program of study. This Pathway is designed to support growth in the number of Indigenous people becoming doctors in Saskatchewan. Ten percent of the positions available in the MD degree program each year are specifically for Métis, Inuit and First Nations applicants.
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.
Indigenous Health Committee
The Indigenous 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 Indigenous curriculum through a community based approach.
- Working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous students (pre-med, undergrad, & residency) to provide unique experiential learning opportunities through placements in Indigenous communities.
- Assistance in learning about Indigenous protocols, communities, and Elders.
- Connecting faculty, staff, and students with Indigenous communities for initiatives, advocacy, and other activities that enhance Indigenous health.