January 27, 2021, the National Consortium on Indigenous Medical Education (NCIME) announced long term funding from the government of Canada. NCIME is a partnership between the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, the College of Family Physicians of Canada , the Medical Council of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and was formed to implement Indigenous-led work streams that will reform Indigenous medical education and contribute to the delivery of culturally safe care.
NCIME will provide leadership and support to partners as they fulfil their collective responsibilities to respond to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Calls for Justice.
The mandate of NCIME focuses on six areas of common priority including:
Assessment of Indigenous studies, cultural safety and anti-racism
Indigenous faculty recruitment and retention
Improving cultural safety in Curriculum
Indigenous physician wellness and joy in work
IPAC will be responsible for the Indigenous physician wellness and joy in work priority, and will be sharing our progress here.