Support for Indigenous students who aspire to pursue a career in medicine

Our Name

Keknu’tmasiek Welo’ltimk / We Learn Healing

Indigenous Health in Medicine

Our Mission 

To support healthy Indigenous communities across Wabanaki and beyond through medical education that is based on Etuaptmumk - Two-Eyed Seeing

Our Vision 

Keknu’tmasiek Welo’ltimk - Indigenous Health in Medicine will become a central gathering point among a network of support, knowledge, and training related to Indigenous health in Wabanaki

Our Values 

  • Love - for people, our communities, and our work
  • Respect - for Indigenous tradition, culture, and all ways of knowing
  • Courage - to fight for justice and fairness for all
  • Honesty - with ourselves, our communities, and our colleagues
  • Wisdom - to apply our traditional knowledge, professional skills, and lived-experiences in a good way
  • Humility - to know when to ask for help and when to say no
  • Truth - to find our shared truth and speak it widely

The Indigenous Health in Medicine Program seeks to increase representation of Indigenous students in medicine through recruitment, community collaboration and partnerships. It also advises the dean of medicine, to fulfill the social accountability mandate to the maritime Indigenous community.

The program focuses on:

  • developing specific admissions pathways to ensure equity for all students of Indigenous descent
  • creating mentorship and outreach opportunities
  • providing support for the academic success and graduation of Indigenous learners
  • pursuing opportunities for curriculum development
  • strengthening relationships with Indigenous communities
  • leading Indigenous advisory commities

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Indigenous Resources

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Faculty & Staff

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News & Events

If you are interested in receiving support from the Indigenous Program or for more information please complete the support form.  

Call for Applications: Faculty of Medicine Summer Student Research Program for non‑medical students

Application Deadline: February 2021


The FoM Summer Student Research Program provides opportunities to undergraduate students living in Nova Scotia of African descent and Aboriginal students with an interest in medicine and/or medical research.  These students must have completed at least 2 years of a health and/or science-related undergraduate program, other than medicine, at Dalhousie University or another Canadian university to participate in research projects conducted by members of the Faculty of Medicine.  Students will work directly with the faculty member or a senior member of the faculty member’s research program.  The intent is to allow students to become completely immersed in the conduct of medical research.  For the summer period, students will be expected to fully commit to participate in the day to day operation of the research program, an experience that will give students firsthand exposure to new technologies and approaches.

Summer research studentships are scholarships to which you can apply on a competitive basis - only 4 positions are available each year.  These studentships pay the student a stipend of $5000 over a twelve week period (includes 2 weeks of vacation) as well as a $750 travel stipend (for presentation of research at a regional/national/international conference).  Application forms are now available and deadline for receipt of completed applications is February 2021.  

The application form and further information on how to find a supervisor can be found on the medical research website.