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Indigenous Applicants

Traditional Indigenous Medicine

Acknowledging Territory

We acknowledge the history of the traditional territory in which the University operates and respect the longstanding relationships of the three local First Nations groups of this land and place in Southwestern Ontario. The Attawandaran (Neutral) peoples once settled this region alongside the Algonquin and Haudenosaunee peoples, and used this land as their traditional beaver hunting grounds.

The three longstanding Indigenous groups of this geographic region are:

The Haudenosaunee Peoples
also known as the Iroquois people or Six Nations Confederacy consisting of the Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscorora

The Anishinaabe Peoples
also referred to as the Three Fires Confederacy including; Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatami Nations

The Leni-Lunaape Peoples
also referred to as the Delaware and/or Munsee

The three First Nation communities closest in proximity to Western University are:

Chippewa of the Thames First Nation
part of the Anishinaabe

Oneida Nation of the Thames
part of the Haudenosaunee

Munsee-Delaware Nation
part of the Leni-Lunaape

For more information about Indigenous communities in proximity to the University, please visit Western's Indigenous Services website.

How to Apply

As a demonstration of our commitment to help increase the number of First Nations, Metis and Inuit physicians, Schulich Medicine designates 5 seats in each entering class for Indigenous students.

Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous and who wish to be considered for one of the 5 designated seats must submit the following additional documents to OMSAS by the application deadline:

  1. Confirmation of Indigenous status or proof of ancestral origin, including but not limited to:
    1. A copy of a Certificate of Indian Status or Treaty card
    2. A certified copy of a Nunavut Trust certificate card, roll number, or any other proof accepted by Inuit communities
    3. A certified copy of a membership card in a Metis registry recognized by the Metis National Council (e.g. Metis Nation of Ontario, the Manitoba Metis Federation, the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan, the Metis Nation of Alberta, the Metis Nation of British Columbia)
    4. Written confirmation of Aboriginal ancestry from the Department of Aboriginal Affairs Canada
    5. Written confirmation of membership in a band council that has its own membership code
  2. Personal Statement in the form of a letter describing:
    1. Why you would like to be considered for a designated Indigenous Applicant seat
    2. Current and past experiences/involvement in the Indigenous community and the impact of these experiences/involvement
    3. Your goals for future involvement within your respective community
  3. Letters of Support from Indigenous communities or organizations attesting to your involvement in and connectedness to the community

Consideration & Assessment

Applications are assessed holistically based on GPA and MCAT scores, Confidential Assessment Forms and Abbreviated Autobiographical Sketch, as well as a Personal Statement and Letters of Support from Indigenous communities or organizations as described above.

Only in exceptional circumstances will Indigenous applicants with a GPA of less than 3.30 or MCAT scores below the 50th percentile be considered for a designated seat.

Interviews

The interviews are 45-minutes duration, structured and standardized. Applicants invited to interview will be welcomed by an interview panel consisting of an Indigenous physician, an Indigenous community member, and a senior medical student.

Each candidate invited to interview must also participate in a brief online component comprised of reading and then summarizing a passage according to instructions.

Financial Assistance

Medical students often have concerns about funding their medical education.  Indigenous applicants are encouraged to explore financial resources offered by Western and external sources.

Western University

Bursaries:
To be considered for Western bursaries and need-based awards, submit an online Admission Bursary Application through the Office of the Registrar.

Schulich Scholarships:
To apply for a Schulich Scholarship you must complete the Admission Bursary Application as well as the supplemental Schulich Application form.

For assistance regarding Western financial aid, contact Norma Merino (nmerino@uwo.ca), Western Student Financial Services Officer.

External Resources for Financial Assistance

Indspire

Aboriginal Bursary System (Government of Canada)

Aboriginal Bursary Search Tool

The Canadian Medical Foundation

Metis Nation of Ontario

Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP)

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) - Indigenous Medical Student Scholarship

 Additional Supports and Services

Western University

Indigenous Services

London, Ontario

N’Amerind

At^Lohsa Native Family Healing Services 

NoKee Kwe

First Nations Centre Fanshawe College

Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Center (SOAHAC)

Surrounding Communities

Oneida Health Center

Chippewa Health Center

SOAHAC on Chippewa

Nimkee Nupigawagan Healing Centre

Wulaawsuwiikaan Healing Lodge

Onyota’a:ka Family Healing Lodge

Contact Information

First Nations, Metis and Inuit applicants considering a future career in Medicine are welcomed and encouraged to contact:

Adrean Angles, Indigenous Liaison
e. adrean.angles@schulich.uwo.ca
t. 519.661.2111, ext.80280

Admissions Office
e. admissions.medicine@schulich.uwo.ca 
t. 519.661.3744