Program Development

Over time, educational needs will change, both as community issues evolve, and as residents entering the program have been previously sensitized to Aboriginal Canadian's health care needs. In creating this document, a variety of individuals have been consulted and have been exceedingly helpful. Ongoing consultation in the development of this program will be required. Both the health care service to Aboriginal communities and the medical/ cultural education of residents will be enhanced by a consultation group chaired by the program co-ordinator, and consisting of Aboriginal representatives from appropriate groups. Hopefully such a group will prove to have other benefits in the larger university context, particularly with respect to Aboriginal access to medical education. Dr. Liz Roberts, a physician who has worked with Aboriginal people for much of her career, challenges us to consider the role educational institutions should play in assisting
community development through training and education: 

  • A major goal of Canada's First Nations is to regain Self-Government and assert Self-Determination within all areas of life. One of the priorities that repeatedly
    emerges as initiatives develop in all fields is that of the need for Training and Education.
  • As various Institutions, structures or administrative arrangements are defined and developed by First Nations, needs are identified for Human resources to be available at all levels. Increasingly Non-Native Educational Institutions are becoming involved in the development and delivery of Programs which impact on this goal of First Nations. Because of this impact it becomes crucial for Educational Institutions to consider whether they have a role in assisting Community Development as well as delivering Education and Training Programs and if they do, to further consider how they can define and carry out this role in a helpful and constructive manner.