Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Orange Shirt Day 2020

Please join us on September 30th when the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry will be celebrating Orange Shirt Day.  Watch the video below of Elder in Residence, Mosom Rick Lightning who explains the significance of Orange Shirt Day.

Take a picture of yourself and your loved ones in your orange shirts, send it to ihi@ualberta.ca to be put up on our site and posted to Twitter @UAlberta_FoMD with #orangeshirtday

Mosom Rick has also suggested that you can dedicate your picture to a family member or friend who has been impacted by Indian Residential Schools.


Inuit Connections with Goota Desmarais, Friday, July 24, 2020, noon - 1:30 pm via Zoom (link will be sent to registrants)


Introduction to Inuit Culture:

Inuit traditions and culture revolved around the land based resources of the North. With the limited resources of the harsh arctic environment, the Inuit demonstrated resilience and innovation. Goota Desmarais passionately shares her culture through storytelling complemented by authentic Inuit artifacts.


My Life: Growing up in Nunavut

Goota shares her life experience of growing up in Nunavut and the challenges she faced to survive. Note that some of the content of this presentation may be disturbing to some people.


Registration for Session:

To register for this session go to this link. Some of the lessons that Goota learned from her Anaa (Grandmother) have been to give back to the community and support others who need help. Goota requests that in lieu of a session fee, participants make a donation to the Edmonton Food Bank.



Goota Desmarais grew up on the south shore of Baffin Island in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. Her early childhood was spent in a modern Inuit settlement during the winters and in a traditional camp during the summers. Goota is now an urban Inuk, living in Sherwood Park, Alberta for the past 30 years. She stays connected to her Inuit culture through frequent visits to Nunavut and her involvement on the board of the Edmonton Inuit Cultural Society and Edmontonmiut Inuit. Through her business, Inuit Connection, Goota has been educating people about Nunavut and Inuit culture for over 20 years. She shares personal stories of growing up in the North that illustrate the unique Inuit way of life. Goota is currently working with Alberta Teacher's Association in their Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation Project.