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Aboriginal Health Initiative

Resources: Articles, Books, Scholarships/Funding


A number of publications are included that may be of interest to you.

1. Summary of Admissions and Support Programs for Indigenous Students at Canadian Faculties of Medicine is jointly published by the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC) and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC).

2. A Path to Healing is an article by Tim Johnson published in the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) journal University Affairs (September 8, 2009). In the article the author claims that “the efforts of many people have led to a dramatic increase in the number of aboriginal doctors practising in Canada. That’s just a start”. The full article is available at

3. Special Obligation Report of the Presidential Task Force on Aboriginal Initiatives (November 2009).  The report was produced by Dr. Evan Simpson and a committee of representatives from the various FN/I/M communities in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as, others with a vested interest in Aboriginal issues. The report presents recommendations for what needs to be done at Memorial University to improve the support available on campus for students of Aboriginal heritage.


In addition to the funding that may be available to you within your local community, there are various organizations that offer scholarships and bursaries as listed below.

1. For Students Entering their First Undergraduate Program at Memorial:
  1. The Dr. Evan Simpson Entrance Scholarships. The first round of 4 entrance scholarships were awarded in the 2011 fall semester. For more details, information on eligibility and how to apply, visit, contact the Scholarships Office by telephone (709) 864-3956 or e-mail You may also visit the Scholarships Office, located in Room UC-4018 of the University Centre,on the St. John’s campus.

    2. For Students Entering Graduate Programs.
    Graduate bursaries are now available for Aboriginal students including those registered in the Masters in Public Health program
    3. For Students Entering into or Currently in Medicine:
    1. Building Brighter Futures, Indspire (formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation) at
    2. Government of Canada, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern  Development, Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards for Aboriginal Students. Available at
    3. Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation. Available at
    4. Scholarships Canada. Information available at
    5. Canadian Medical Association. Information available at
    6. RBC Scholarships for First-Year Medical & Dental Students RBC Financial Group. Information available at
    7. Ted Nolan Foundation. Information available at
    8. Robert Smallboy Award-Medicine. Information available in the Aurora College handbook available at
    9. Helen Betty Osborne Award. Available at
    10. Dr. John Big Canoe Memorial Scholarship.Information available at
    11. Tom Longboat Award. Information available at
    12. Joan and Dean Sandham Scholarship in Aboriginal Professional Leadership. Available at
    13. National Union of Public Employees. Information available at

    In addition to the scholarship sources listed above more information is available in the following documents:
    a. The Health Canada, Aboriginal Health Careers Bursary and Scholarship Awards provided in pdf format; 
    b. The Aurora College Handbook available at (nationally granted awards listed on pages 24-32). 

    Student loans are another option. For more information about applying for a student loan please contact Mary Dray ( at the Office of Student Affairs, Faculty of Medicine.  She will be more than willing to assist you.

Books and Other Publications

We have a collection of readings in the Aboriginal Health Initiative Office, Room 2902 that are available on loan to students and faculty. Please consult the catalogue for an overview of what we have.
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