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Our Mandate, Strategy and Goals

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Our Mandate

The Indigenous Students Health Sciences Office is designed to address three broad areas of need:

  • Increased student preparedness, entry and completion of health sciences programs;
  • Ongoing identification and work to remove barriers to success within the university including increasing awareness of First Nations, Inuit and Métis health issues among the faculty and student body; and,
  • Improved relationships between the university and local Indigenous communities.

Our Strategy

Our strategy to achieve this mandate is to:

  • Provide student career counselling and assistance with admissions and application processes;
  • Work closely with health sciences programs to strategize ways for overcoming barriers and improving preparedness and access for students;
  • Act as an advocate and champion for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis student priorities;
  • Link with local Indigenous communities and organizations for consultation, outreach and recruitment; and,
  • Create an inclusionary environment for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students within the university that includes infusion of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis specific content into all health sciences program curriculum.

Our Goals

  • To promote greater enrolment and success of Indigenous students in order to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners in university.
  • To support Indigenous students in their academic achievements through mentorship and providing them with a culturally meaningful education.
  • To promote a culturally safe, racism free learning environment for Indigenous students across campus.
  • To increase awareness of Indigenous issues at the university level.
  • To serve and respond to the social, cultural, and economic needs of Indigenous learners and communities.
  • To enhance Indigenous governance within the university.
  • To recruit and assist Indigenous students in access and success at McMaster.
  • To engage with Indigenous secondary students to assist in the transition between high school and the university environment.
  • To increase and enhance Indigenous students’ services on campus.
  • To provide and maintain the Elders-in-residence and Indigenous Mentor Program.
  • To increase and promote Indigenous faculty within the Health Sciences.
  • To work collaboratively with Indigenous communities in the development of Indigenous programs, curriculum, and services.
  • To increase awareness of Indigenous cultures and issues among university faculty and staff in order to increase cultural safety university-wide.