Aboriginal Health Interest Group

The Aboriginal Health Interest Group (AHIG) was created by the students of the Faculty of Medicine’s Aboriginal Program to promote interest in Aboriginal health, culture and history. Its objectives are to provide the members of our group and our fellow medical students with information regarding the health issues faced by Aboriginal populations, traditional methods of healing and a holistic approach to health care. We also aim to increase awareness of the importance of cultural competency in the field of medicine and an understanding of health care in Aboriginal communities. Membership is open to all students.

Contact the AHIG at: ottawaahig AT gmail.com or visit the Faculty of Medicine Students’ Aesculapian Society webpage

The Aboriginal Health Interest Group has invited the following individuals to present and lead discussions on Aboriginal health:


  • Jonathan Ferrier, PhD, uOttawa and Grad Fellow, NYBG
  • Andrée Cazabon, filmmaker
  • Cindy Blackstock, First-Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada
  • Dr. Bert Lauwers, Deputy Chief Coroner
  • Patrick Laflèche, MD 2013, uOttawa
  • Renée Vachon, RN, MD 2014; Sabrina Squire, RN, MD2014


  • Moccasin-making workshops
  • Panel discussion with local Elders Thomas Louttit, Sally Webster and Senator Reta Gordon
  • Wapikoni Mobile Film Selection Panel
  • MP Charlie Angus
  • “Opioid Addiction: Perspectives from an Ex-User”
  • Sweat Lodge hosted by Elder Thomas Louttit
  • Elder Annie St. Georges


  • Dr. Sandra De La Ronde, Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
  • Elder Annie Smith St-Georges
  • Elaine Kicknosway, Minwaashin Lodge
  • Simon Brascoupé
  • Irene Barbeau, founding member of the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association
  • Dr. Carolyn Bennett
  • Dreamcatcher workshop
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