The Division of Community Engagement

Professional Development Opportunities

Learning Resources & Professional Development Opportunities


We have a number of engaging learning resources and professional development opportunities open to all students, faculty and staff within the FoMD.


4-Part Learning Series in Indigenous Health

Starting in the fall of 2018, the Indigenous Health Initiatives Program is pleased to host a 4-part learning series in Indigenous Health. This Learning Series intends to build knowledge and capacity throughout the Faculty about our shared role in redressing the legacy of Indian Residential Schools and advancing the process of reconciliation. The Learning Series builds foundational knowledge about the historical and political undercurrents that affect Indigenous well-being and social location and move into more focused presentations by expert leaders in narrower topics such as: Indigenous Women’s Health and the Impacts of Colonialism.


Part 1: KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE);

Part 2: Lunch and Learn Sessions (January 9, 2019; February 13, 2019, and April 12, 2019;

Part 3: Indian Residential School Survivor Story Session (May 2019)

Part 4: Gesture of Reconciliation - Wooden Tile Project (June 2019)


Part 1: KBE Sessions

To begin, we have scheduled three KBE Sessions on the following dates.

Session 1: November 21 - 10 am to 12 noon

Session 2: January 18  - 10 am to 12 noon

Session 3: April 5 - 10 am to 12 noon


Registrations are still being accepted for the KBE Sessions in January and April 2019. To register, please complete the form: A calendar invite with location details will be sent once your registration is complete.



Part 2: Lunch & Learn Series

Working in collaboration with the Jr. / Sr. Local Officers of Indigenous Health in the Medical Students Association, we are pleased to announce our Lunch & Learn Speaker Series. The first session, Indigenous Women’s Health, is led by Dr. Cassandra Felske-Durksen on January 9, 2019 from 12-130. The event is currently sold out; however, please add your name to the waitlist and in the event a spot becomes available, you will be notified. For registration information, please refer to the poster and Eventbrite link:


Our 2nd Lunch & Learn is scheduled for February 13, 2019 and will focus on the impacts of colonialism on Indigenous peoples and will be led by Chelsea Vowel, author of Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Issues in Canada. To register, and for more information, please see the attached poster and visit the Eventbrite link:

Our 3rd Lunch & Learn is scheduled for April 14, 2019 and we are honoured to have Goota Desmarais as speaker.  Goota visits schools and communities year round to share the Inuit history and experience.  Please join us as she shares her compelling stories.  To regsiter, and for more information, please see the attached poster and visit the Eventbrite link: