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CMA Foundation to provide $1 mil grant Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada to kickstart national mentorship program


The Canadian Medical Association Foundation has put together a $1 million grant for the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada to finally support a national formalized mentorship program for Indigenous medical learners.

“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,” said Dr. Nel Wieman, IPAC’s president, in a press release. “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.”

The grant will also help build capacity within the IPAC more generally.

“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,” said 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.”

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