Indigenous Health Education Pathways to Healing

 

BACKGROUND

In response to the findings of the remains of Indigenous children at Residential Schools across Canada, and driven by a commitment to create change, the Cumming School of Medicine’s Indigenous, Local and Global Health (ILGH) Office has launched the Indigenous Health Education Pathways to Healing initiative.

Pathways to Healing is seeking to provide funding, resource and infrastructure support for projects that further reconciliation and healing with Indigenous Peoples.

It is grounded in education, founded in three principle truths identified in the Indigenous Health Dialogue (IHD) and guided by the IHD’s Five Recommendations for a Path Forward.

 

Principle Truths

Any Indigenous health initiative should be grounded in these three principle truths:

1. The health status of Indigenous people is rooted in social determinants that are specific to social, cultural and political contexts of Indigenous populations. Colonization is the prime driver of health inequity disrupting the wellbeing of Indigenous people through exclusion.

2. The healing of Indigenous people involves addressing unresolved trauma from ongoing multigenerational adverse life experiences, rectifying social resource inequities arising from ongoing processes of colonization and reconnecting with Indigenous culture and healing practices.

3. Complicity with ongoing colonization manifests as a health care system that is too often under-resourced and ill-equipped to address the health disparities specific to Indigenous populations.

APPROACH

Pathways to Healing is unique in that it is approaching the funding application process with an open mind and incorporating Indigenous ways of doing and sharing knowledge. This includes incorporating the principles of Sharing Circles, an integral part of oral tradition in Indigenous communities, into Pathway to Healing Circles in lieu of a letter of intent.  

These circles will provide a safe space for discussion of ideas, building relationships, engaging in peer-based learning, collaboration and seeking guidance on the application process in a dynamic informal structure. The circles will also serve to create a community of practice and knowledge with a shared passion of working toward the common goal of meaningful learning, sharing in best practice and creating new knowledge.

Throughout the application and funding process, applicants are expected to attend several Pathway to Healing Circles to share their ideas, strategies and collaborations to achieve the shared goal, timelines and budgets.

 

Next Learning Circle

June 16 at 12:00 p.m. MDT. 

*details to join below

After June 16, we will take a break from hosting the circles over the summer and reconvene in the fall. 

PROJECT FUNDING UPDATE

We are pleased to announce that in the first phase of applications, seven project proposals were submitted and three were selected. Pathways to Healing will work with the project teams to align outcomes and build capacity in a supportive environment to achieve the goal of the initiative to catalyze collaboration for medical education.

Selected Projects 

Many Voices Youth and Emerging Adult for Mental Health Research led by Dr. Jennifer Markides and Dr. Whitney Hindmarch

Evaluation of a New Longitudinal Indigenous Health Elective in Family Medicine led by Dr. Amy Gausvik, Dr. Molly Whalen-Browne and Dr. Pamela Roach

“A walk for my people:” Indigenous healing walks and the legacies of Indian residential schools led by Dr. Alexandra Giancarlo

We wish to thank each project team for the work done to submit their proposal. We welcome further applications focused on Indigenous health education projects with clear learning or knowledge exchange objectives focused on the educational needs of the Cumming School of Medicine to advance innovative methods, curricular development, knowledge sharing events, capacity building and initiatives leveraging scale and spread. 

This initiative is open to all levels of the university – students, staff, faculty (including adjuncts and clinical, postdoctoral) as long as the proposed idea broadly connects Indigenous health, healing and research to education and reconciliation with outcomes that are connected to the Cumming School of Medicine community.

Community organizations who have identified needs and priorities are encouraged to attend a Learning Circle to share their priorities and ideas and connect to a university partner. The Indigenous, Local and Global Health Office will assist in identifying people who can hold the funds.

We are open to unique methods which incorporate the arts and culture as long as the link to education, research and healing outcomes is present.

If you have an idea, attend a Pathways to Healing Circle to share, brainstorm and be given feedback and guidance.

Example Ideas

  • Professional or patient education projects with clear learning / knowledge exchange objectives
  • Research projects focused on knowledge generation
  • Innovation projects focused on the application of knowledge
  • All educational streams/levels/programs
  • Knowledge sharing events
  • Curriculum and capacity building
  • Emerging, promising initiatives leveraging scale and spread

Development grants (up to $5000)

  • You have an idea, but you need to fine tune its development through community engagement, researcher engagement and by exploring implementation.

Implementation / Evaluation grants (up to $10000)

  • You have worked through the development process of an idea and you are ready to implement the innovation.

Knowledge Sharing grants (up to $2500)

  • Your idea is focused on developing events to share/disseminate knowledge.

Application form 

Budget template

Deadlines (subject to change):

First competition: January 31, 2022

Second competition: April 30, 2022

Rolling application process moving forward.

Pathway to Healing Circles will be held bimonthly on Thursdays at 12 p.m. MDT. 
Registration not required but appreciated. Register here.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://ucalgary.zoom.us/j/98836121847?pwd=TWxrQ1VYMjFBbElCTGxIelBLMTdodz09

Meeting ID: 988 3612 1847

Passcode: Path2Heal

 

Upcoming Learning Circles dates:

June 16 

We've compiled a list of resources to help you along your research journey. 

Go to Pathways to Healing resources

 

Many Voices Youth and Emerging Adult for Mental Health Research led by Dr. Jennifer Markides and Dr. Whitney Hindmarch. This project will develop innovative programming to address youth mental health experiences through digital storytelling and co-design with youth and community partnerships to develop educational tools relating to communication and engagement with Indigenous youth.

Evaluation of a New Longitudinal Indigenous Health Elective in Family Medicine led by Dr. Amy Gausvik, Dr. Molly Whalen-Browne and Dr. Pamela Roach. This project aims to understand the impact, effectiveness and feasibility of a new longitudinal Indigenous health elective for PGME learners in the Department of Family Medicine. 

“A walk for my people:” Indigenous healing walks and the legacies of Indian residential schools led by Dr. Alexandra Giancarlo. This project explores the initiation of healing walks by residential school survivors in response to the recent findings on residential school grounds. Digital story-based methods nested in Indigenous understandings of health will be used to share the connections between movement, healing and medical education. 
 


This healing initiative is in alignment with the Cumming School of Medicine’s Indigenous Health Dialogue recommendations for appropriate engagement and inclusion, and with principles of ii’ taa’poh’to’p, the University of Calgary’s Indigenous Strategy. We look forward to engaging with the Indigenous community, academic community and local community throughout this process.

Key Contacts

Path2Healing@ucalgary.ca 

Indigenous, Local and Global Health Office

 

Pathways to Healing Team

Dr. Lindsay Crowshoe, Assistant Dean, Indigenous

Dr. Pam Roach, Director, Indigenous Health Education

Dr. Aleem Bharwani, Director, Public Policy

Dr. Dianne Mosher Associate Dean, Indigenous