Indigenous Health

“sʔi:ɬqəy̓ qeqən (Double-Headed Serpent Post)” Brent Sparrow Jr., Musqueam

Helping to improve health and wellness for Indigenous populations and communities is a key priority for UBC and the Faculty of Medicine.

The Indigenous MD admissions program, Family Medicine Residency Program, Indigenous, and certificate programs in Indigenous Public Health are some of the ways the Faculty of Medicine is helping to increase the number, and retention of, Indigenous health professionals in B.C. and across Canada in response to the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action.

Our medical school is now training more Indigenous doctors than ever before, with more than 120 Indigenous medical student graduates since 2006 and a growing number completing residency training in communities across the province.

Through their work in communities in B.C. and across the country, faculty, staff and learners are helping to build a health care system that is more inclusive, representative and equitable.


Contributing to the health of Aboriginal communities

Luke Hughson and his supervisor Dr. Robert Olson undertook a comprehensive retrospective chart review of all cancer cases diagnosed in Haida Gwaii.

A road less travelled

To build a more diverse medical workforce, UBC has been encouraging youths in Aboriginal, rural and remote communities to consider careers in health.

UBC creates Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health

Among other goals, the centre will work to increase Aboriginal representation in the health professions.

Voyages of discovery, close to home

The School of Audiology and Speech Science seeks to foster Aboriginal understanding among its students -- in part by introducing students to Moe the Mouse.

Faculty of Medicine celebrates 10 years of recruiting and supporting Aboriginal Students

The growing contingent of Aboriginal MD students includes Todd Alec, Nathan Teegee and Lara DesRoches.

UBC Aboriginals Into Medicine Pre-Admissions Workshop comes to the Okanagan campus

This year's UBC Aboriginals Into Medicine Pre-Admissions Workshop was hosted by UBC's Okanagan campus from July 11 - 13.

UBC graduates its largest class of Aboriginal MD students

Twelve Aboriginal students will graduate with a UBC medical undergraduate degree (MD) this spring.

We acknowledge:

The Vancouver Fraser Medical Program and the Vancouver Academic Campus of the University of British Columbia are situated on the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. The Southern Medical Program and the Okanagan Academic Campus of the University of British Columbia are situated on the territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation. The Northern Medical Program and the University of Northern BC are situated on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh, part of the Dakelh (Carrier) First Nations. With respect the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional territory the Island Medical Program and the University of Victoria stand and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.