Come Walk in Our Moccasins

Indigenous Mini-Medical School
Saturday, 23 February 2019 - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Event poster featuring 4 women, two of which have their arms in casts.
Contact information
Contact person: 
Lisa Abel
Registration required: 
Registration details: 
Please note that participants from outside the region are responsible for their own travel and accommodations.
Cost to attend: 
Free of charge
Cost details: 
There is no registration fee to attend.
Event language: 
“Come Walk in Our Moccasins” is a Mini-Medical school hosted by the Indigenous Program at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. This Indigenous-specific Mini-Med school was initiated in 2010 as a recruiting strategy to encourage First Nations, Métis and Inuit people to apply to our Undergraduate Medical Education Program.   Our Mini-Med School on Saturday February 23, 2019, is intended for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students in Grades 7 to 12.   Focusing on one aspect of human health, Mini-Med participants will learn how doctors:
  • Do a medical history and physical exam
  • Put on a cast
  • Suture or do stitches
  • … And, we will visit the anatomy lab (optional).

The Mini-Med school includes participation by a local Elder and explores the importance of integrating Indigenous culture into health care.  Our Indigenous medical students will share their personal journeys to being accepted into medical school and their experiences in the MD program.  Dr. Darlene Kitty, our Indigenous Program Director, will talk about what it’s like to practice in the Cree community of Chisasibi, and along with our Indigenous graduates, will describe the many other opportunities in the profession. Everyone will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the day.

"Come Walk In Our Moccasins" will be held at University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, Guindon Building, 451 Smyth Rd., Ottawa, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. A continental breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided.

The deadline to register is as follows:

For the February 23 session (students in grades 7 to 12 and youth), please register by Friday, February 8 , 2019.

If you are a post-secondary student and were not able to attend in the mini-med in January 2019, please inquire about attending this session.

For more information and to register, please contact the Indigenous Program Coordinator at 613-562-5800 ext. 8687 or Spaces are limited!