Ottawa medical school partnership aims to train more Inuit health-care professionals | CBC News


The College of Ottawa medical college may have two spots particularly for Nunavummiut, starting in September 2023. 

It is the results of a partnership between the Authorities of Nunavut, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) and the college’s medical college. 

The partnership goals to extend the variety of Inuit physicians within the health-care system and guarantees “focused helps” to the scholars who enrol, in accordance with a joint information launch.   

The discharge states that the Authorities of Nunavut will help eligible candidates with journey and utility prices. 

Nunavut Inuit candidates are additionally eligible for additional help with their functions, comparable to in acquiring pre-requisites, by means of NTI and Makigiaqta Inuit Coaching Company’s Quvvariarniq Program.

As soon as admitted to this system, college students may have entry to an allowance for baby care, tutoring and different coaching alternatives.

Nunavut Well being Minister John Fundamental stated he hopes the initiative results in extra Nunavummiut working in medication. 

“It is an vital factor for our division to have increasingly Inuit working inside the division,” he advised CBC Information. “Everyone knows that the companies are wanted.” 

Well being Minister John Fundamental stated he needs to see extra Nunavummiut in health-care professions in Nunavut, ‘as a result of they’ve a powerful understanding, clearly, of the territory.’  (Matisse Harvey/Radio-Canada)

The information launch signifies that the variety of Inuit workers represented in well being care within the territory has stayed comparatively stagnant all through the final 20 years, at about 11 to 17 per cent of the Nunavut division of Well being and Social Companies. 

Fundamental stated the brand new program may also assist develop employees who can help a extra everlasting workforce. 

“It is vital for us as a division as a result of we’re extremely depending on a transient workforce,” Fundamental stated, referring to well being care professionals who come up from southern Canada or different jurisdictions. 

“There’s added worth when Nunavummiut are those filling these well being skilled roles as a result of they’ve a powerful understanding, clearly, of the territory.”

Aluki Kotierk, president of NTI and chair of the Makigiaqta Inuit Coaching Company, echoed Fundamental.

“Over the following few years, we wish a number of cohorts of Nunavut Inuit to start coaching in direction of turning into a health care provider,” Kotierk stated within the information launch. 

“The coaching and employment of Inuit well being care professionals is important for accessible, protected, prime quality Inuktut well being care in Nunavut.” 

In keeping with Fundamental, this system will price about $250,000 over 4 years.

He stated NTI is dedicated to offering “beneficiant help” to Inuit college students, and that an Inuk scholar wouldn’t need to bear any of the price of attending medical college. He stated a non-Inuk scholar would nonetheless get help from the territorial authorities, however that they’d nonetheless need to cowl a number of the prices.

Applications for 2023 are as a result of College of Ottawa by Oct. 1, 2022. 

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