Northern Medical School Curriculum Development Meeting Update

A curriculum development meeting for the new Northern Medical School is taking place in Sault Ste. Marie o­n January 16-18. It is limited to 200 participants, who will be compensated for travel and accommodation.

You do not need to be a doctor, nurse or other health care professional to attend this meeting. Any o­ne with an interest in improving the quality of health care in the North can attend. We need to be well represented at this meeting. We need representatives from the leadership and Elders, educators, health care people and telecommunications specialists.

It is critical that Nishnawbe Aski Nation, the Tribal Councils and our various agencies be well represented at this meeting. We should not accept the principle that o­ne person can represent all of the NAN territory.

To prevent this, NAN, the Tribal Councils and our various agencies should write a o­ne or two page letter to the dean of the new medical school. It should contain three key pieces of information:

  1. Reminder that the NAN BCR supporting the Northern o­ntario Medical School was conditional o­n NAN participation in the Governance, Development of Curriculum and a number of seats set aside for NAN Students.
  2. Nishnawbe Aski Nation and the Tribal Councils played a major role in the lobbying effort to get the o­ntario Government to change its mind and make Lakehead University a full and equal campus to serve the Northwest.
  3. The contribution that you and your organization can make in the development of curriculum.

The letter should be addressed to:

Dr. Roger Strasser
Founding Dean of Medicine
Northern o­ntario Medical School
955 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay, o­ntario

VIA FAX: 346-7944

CC: Dorothy Wright, Project Development Officer, Lakehead Campus
Ann Moro, Project Coordinator, Laurentian Campus