About Us

The Indigenous Health Initiatives Program (IHIP) follows the mandate to support the growth in the number of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people in University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry programs, in order to address the gap in the underrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in health professions in Alberta and across Canada. Through our collaborative and holistic program, we provide wrap-around supports to qualified Indigenous applicants as they enter into, and graduate successfully from, the U of A's health sciences programs.


Wayne Clark, Executive Director, IHI Program
Dr. Wayne Clark (ᐅᐊᐃᓐ ᑲᓛᒃ)

Executive Director

Dr. Nicole Cardinal portrait
Dr. Nicole Cardinal

Clinician Lead, Education


Mosom Rick Lightning
Mosom Rick Lightning

Elder in Residence

Marissa Nakoochee (ᓇᑯᒋ), Indigenous Health Education Coordinator
Marissa Nakoochee (ᓇᑯᒋ)

Indigenous Health Education Coordinator

Find your Journey


Our recruitment policy



Our guiding principles


  • Respect: Caring for others and being open and inclusive by having a good spirit.
  • Reciprocity: Valuing cultivation of reciprocal relationships between humans and ecosystems.
  • Relationship: Understanding and respecting relationships with the environment, animals, the spiritual realm, and to one another.
  • Renewal: Examining epistemology and knowledge to restore the balance between people and nature that Indigenous people conceived.

Related links

Joint Commitment to Action on Indigenous Health

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action (Sec. 18-24)

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Girls and Two-Spirited People 231 Calls to Justice