Indigenous Initiatives

In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its report, along with a companion document which includes 94 Calls to Action.  

The School of Public Health is taking steps to respond to the Calls to Action, and working to reduce health and education inequities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.

  • An affiliation agreement with the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research enhances northern student recruitment efforts and provides research opportunities in the areas of health and well-being for northern populations, including Indigenous communities.
  • The appointment of Indigenous adjuncts and the creation of an elders-in-residence program pave the way to welcoming more northern and Indigenous students to pursue graduate education in public health at the University of Alberta, and offer enhanced opportunities for School students and faculty to conduct research in the North, and with Indigenous community partners.
  • A School-based working group comprised of Indigenous elders; University of Alberta faculty members; and School staff, faculty and Indigenous students is working together to develop a formal response to the calls to action. The working group is co-led by Stephanie Montesanti and Jeff Johnson.