Indigenous Health Initiative

Indigenous Health Symposium

Registration is now open!

On Nov. 21, 2019 the Faculty of Medicine will host the third annual Indigenous Health Symposium.

Health is defined holistically encompassing social, emotional, cultural and physical well-being. The full day symposium will showcase Indigenous education and research, which is taking place both within the community and at Memorial University of Newfoundland. It will feature important and innovative education and research activities and a discussion with the Visiting Elders Project Panel.

Join us from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Dr. Richard Fagan Lecture Theatre, room 1M101, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland by registering here: https://www.med.mun.ca/opd/programs/info.asp?id=4245.

Our keynote speaker


Our keynote speaker is Dr. Debbie Martin, Tier ll Canada Research Chair, Indigenous Peoples Health and Well-Being and Associate professor, Health Promotion, School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University.

Dr. Martin is Inuk from NunatuKavut and is an interdisciplinary-trained health researcher. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples’ Health and Well-Being in the Faculty of Health, with a cross-appointment in the Faculty of Dentistry at Dalhousie University. She is the current Chair of the Institute Advisory Board for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute for Indigenous Peoples’ Health. Her research interests focus on addressing societal and community level structures that influence chronic disease prevention in Indigenous communities. A great deal of her research involves bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives to address societal and community-level issues that affect the health of people and the planet. Dr. Martin is the Nominated Principal Investigator of the Atlantic Indigenous Mentorship Network.