Call for Focus Group Participants - Potential Mentees and Mentors

Through the TRC Calls to Action 23/24 Medical School Report Card Survey, the Roundtable Discussions on Anti-Indigenous Racism in Medical Education, and in conversations with our student, resident, and early-career members, we have had the opportunity to listen and learn.

On-going support throughout medical school and during transitions has been one of the most expressed needs.

IPAC is in the early stages of developing a national mentorship program and we want to listen first. We are beginning with focus groups, which will guide us in creating a survey that will be available to all Indigenous medical students, residents and physicians. We will use the results of the focus groups and survey to build a national mentorship program that meets the needs of our members. Each focus group participant will be given a $100.00 honorarium.  Si vous avez besoin d'un traducteur français, veuillez nous en informer.

Potential Mentees (Click to register)
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 5:00-6:00pm PDT/8:00-9:00pm EDT FULL
Thursday, September 16, 2021 9:00-10:00am PDT/12:00-1:00pm EDT
Wednesday, September 22, 2021  3:00-4:00pm PDT/6:00-7:00 EDT

NEW DATE: Saturday, October 16, 2021  10:15-11:15am PDT/1:15-2:15pm EDT

Potential Mentors (Click to register)
Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 5:00-6:00pm PDT/8:00-9:00pm EDT

NEW DATESaturday, October 16, 2021 9:00-10:00am PDT/12:00-1:00pm EDT 

If none of the focus group dates/times work for you, and you would like to request a one-on-one or small group meeting between now and September 25, please contact us at

August 19, 2021. IPAC is pleased to announce a grant of $1 million from the Canadian Medical Association Foundation to support a national formalized mentorship program for Indigenous medical learners and to enable capacity building within our organization.

“IPAC has existed, in various forms, for over 30 years and our overarching goal has always been to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit medical students, residents and physicians in whatever career path they choose,” says Dr. Nel Wieman, IPAC president. “IPAC as an organization has sometimes struggled with sustainability. This funding opportunity will bolster IPAC's capacity as a national medical organization, allowing us to better respond to the needs of our membership and to more equitably work with our national medical partners.”

“COVID-19 combined with the ongoing inter-generational trauma and systemic racism experienced by Indigenous medical students and residents has amplified the urgent need for the trusted leadership and support services provided by IPAC,” says Allison Seymour, CMA Foundation president. “IPAC has the credibility and experience to lead and advance this important initiative in support of Indigenous physicians and medical learners.”

The CMA Foundation grant will support the sustainability and longevity of IPAC and the development of a national mentorship program to expand the current ecosystem of Indigenous medical learners and physicians across Canada. The program will identify and support emerging leaders by linking Indigenous medical learners to a mentor who can provide guidance, training, advice and growth opportunities.

"As Indigenous Peoples, learning from our Elders and Knowledge Keepers is part of our culture. Mentorship encourages mutual respect and strengthens Indigenous ways. I look forward to working with IPAC as they develop their nation-wide mentorship program in support of Indigenous medical learners and early career physicians," says Syexwalia, Knowledge Keeper and Elder from Squamish Nation.

We encourage our members to log into their IPAC accounts to ensure their details are up-to-date, especially the section on mentorship. In the coming weeks, we will be asking you for your feedback on what kind of mentorship program would work best for you. We look forward to your input.

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