Indigenous Health Curriculum Review

Brief outline of the project

Since the 2005 launch of the Aboriginal Program, now known as the Indigenous Program, the Indigenous health curriculum (IHC) has was last reviewed in 2013, but little progress made to increase content. In creating a culturally safe learning environment, advocacy for Indigenous health and social accountability achieved so far; we propose another review. This activity would lead to recommended actions to increase content in the pre-clerkship curriculum, as well as clerkship opportunities in developing a longitudinal IHC.

Increasing IHC would help our medical students to become more knowledgeable and respectful of Indigenous health and social issues, and anti-racism to give cultural safe care to First Nations, Inuit and Métis patients and families. This aligns with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action and the Joint Commitment to Action in Indigenous Health.


  • Review current curricular activities and resources that facilitate teaching about Indigenous health and social issues, including the residential school’s experience.
  • Identify potential opportunities to add evidence-based and experiential content, new pedagogical resources including podcasts, modules that engages local and nearby Indigenous communities and cultures.
  • Assess pre-clerkship and clerkship elective opportunities in Indigenous communities
  • Work closely with the Director and Coordinator of the Indigenous Program
  • Utilize academic resources to support IHC in pre-clerkship and clerkship.

Once completed, the IHC review will be analyzed with the Director and Co-ordinator and recommendations for changes or new directions for future curricular activities will be made. Newer literature and suggestions to lecturers will help to increase Indigenous health content throughout the curriculum. The summer students will also help to update an electives catalogue listing pre-clerkship and clerkship experiences in Indigenous communities in Canada.

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