Project News and Updates – March 2022

Working Groups, Collaboration, Communications, Operations, Human Resources

Working Groups:

  • There are currently 57 members participating in the six NCIME Working Groups
  • Each Working Group is guided and advised by an Elder/Knowledge Keeper
  • Dr. Roberta Price was appointed as the Faculty Recruitment and Retention Working Group Elder, and Levinia Brown was appointed as the Anti-racism Working Group Elder (Elder/Knowledge Keepers appointed to the Faculty Recruitment and Retention and Anti-Racism Working Groups)
  • NCIME will host an Engagement Day of hybrid meetings for the Working Groups. NCIME will host in-person meetings in Calgary, Alberta, on April 22, 2022, in conjunction with the Canadian Conference on Medical Education.
  • NCIME set up an online asynchronous workspace in Slack to support the Working Groups. Training and tools will be provided during NCIME Engagement Day.
  • Working Groups have met their deliverables for 2021-2022
  • Assessment: Developing final guidelines on the development of assessment tools for Indigenous studies, cultural safety and anti-racism in medical education
  • Anti-Racism: Developing a final report on core elements of anti-racism policies and processes. Developing a learning module to support the implementation of anti-racism policies and processes
  • Admissions: Developing final guidelines and toolkit for best practices in Indigenous Recruitment in Admissions & Transitions and cultural safety assessment criteria, procedures
  • Faculty Recruitment and Retention: Developing a leadership development program for Indigenous Faculty and trainees and knowledge translation resources
  • Curriculum: Developing report with recommendations to address cultural safety, anti-racism curriculum gaps and identify faculty development needs
  • Physician Wellness & Joy: Developing framework for Wellness and Joy in work for Indigenous Physicians


  • The NCIME will be attending the Canadian Conference on Medical Education in Calgary, Alberta, in April 2022
  • NCIME and the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada released a joint statement on Indigenous Identity Fraud and the Right to Self-Identify 
  • Associate Project Manager, Chezney Martin, attended a two-day National Indigenous Health Sciences Circle (NIHScC) AGM on November 29-30, 2021, as the designate for NCIME
  • NCIME Executive Director Danielle Soucy, and Joseph Leblanc, Associate Dean, Equity and Inclusion, Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), will be jointly presenting at the NOSM Northern Constellations faculty development conference in May 2022


  • The third edition of the NCIME Newsletter was released on December 17, 2021
  • statement on the Coroner’s Report of Joyce Echaquan was released on November 8, 2021
  • On March 23, 2022, the NCIME Communications Specialist participated in the Indigenous Services Canada Communications Working Group on Anti-Indigenous Racism to collaborate on communications activities and share best practices, content and messaging
  • Developing infographics and visualizations to support knowledge mobilization for the NCIME Working Groups
  • NCIME Research Team developed surveys to collect data on Indigenous Intellectual Property, Copyright and Data Sovereignty, Stakeholder Engagement and Stakeholder Evaluation


  • NCIME confirmed the Indigenous Intellectual Property, Copyright and Data Sovereignty Consultant (IIPCDS) on January 28, 2022
  • NCIME confirmed the Education Consultant, December 2021
  • Submitted Health Canada reporting, March 2022

Human Resources:

  • The NCIME welcomed Carol Buchberger to the team as Project Manager on January 10, 2022, and;
  • Jordan Carrier joined as the Director of Community Engagement on January 17, 2022.
  • We are also pleased to announce the promotion of Chezney Martin, former Project Assistant, to Associate Project Manager.