Faculty of medicine initiatives have received funding through UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Initiatives Fund (ISI Fund) for projects that are helping to advance the rights of Indigenous peoples as well as the journey towards meaningful reconciliation.
The ISI Fund is a cross-campus initiative at the UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan campuses that directly supports the implementation of the UBC Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP). The announcement of successfully funded initiatives coincides with the two-year anniversary of UBC’s ISP launch.
“We are thrilled to see these innovative and transformative projects be awarded funding that will help the project teams bring their ideas to life,” says Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot, senior advisor to the president on Indigenous Affairs, Canada Research Chair of Global Indigenous Rights and Politics, and associate professor in political science and the UBC school of public policy and global affairs.
In its inaugural year, this year’s ISI Fund amalgamated two years of funding for a total of $4 million. The initiatives have been developed by faculty, staff and post-doctoral students/fellows at the UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan campuses and many involve collaborations with community partners.
Faculty of medicine recipients and their projects:
Project title: Laying the Foundation: Establishing fundamental knowledge for Faculty and partners for implementation of Faculty of Medicine Commitments to TRC
Stream: Transformative (Stream 2)
Jack Robert Busch
Project title: Masters of Physical Therapy Indigenous Student Collective (MPT ISC)
Stream: Student-led (Stream 3)