The intent of the Canadian Indigenous priority category is to ensure that Indigenous peoples of Canada have access to health professional education. This priority category is one response to the Reconciliation Call to Action #23, which is to increase the number of Indigenous professionals working in the health-care field, and ensure the retention of Indigenous health-care providers in Indigenous communities. Further, the College of Rehabilitation Sciences recognizes the positive ripple effects of having First Nations, Métis and Inuit rehabilitation professionals directly care for people in their own communities or any health facility in Canada.
First Nations, Métis and Inuit people face large health gaps in accessing health services when compared to the mainstream populations. This is rooted, partly, in historic and current systemic marginalization and disadvantage. The College of Rehabilitation Sciences is committed to addressing disparity in higher education, as well as in the health and social professions.
The College of Rehabilitation Sciences is committed to supporting First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. First Nations, Métis and Inuit students may face additional barriers to even make it to the application stage. Once accepted First Nations, Métis and Inuit students may be expected to play additional roles and may witness or experience racism and discrimination that might make the experience more stressful. The University takes these types of incidents seriously and it will be addressed and dealt with in a manner appropriate to the incident.
Most importantly, the College recognizes positive ripple effects as First Nations, Métis and Inuit students inspire family and community members to pursue their dreams and contribute positively to the health of our province and country. At the same time, First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures highly values reciprocation of opportunity.
The intent of this stream is to ensure that First Nations, Métis and Inuit students have an opportunity to become rehabilitation professionals and to support students to maintain long-term cultural and social linkages with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities within this principle of reciprocity.
Applicants who self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit will have their contact information shared with the Senior Lead Indigenous Health Student Affairs, Ongomiizwin Education. The Senior Lead will contact all applicants to begin to develop a relationship that will be a source of support throughout their learning journey.
In order to be eligible, applicants must:
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