The Health Care Profession Camp for Aboriginal Students: Healers of Tomorrow Gathering

Lay Summary 

The Healers of Tomorrow Gathering is a non-credit health careers camp offered to Aboriginal high school students in the province. The first camp of this kind was offered for students in Grades 10-12 and took place from August 1-7th, 2015 at the Memorial University Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook. We hope to make this camp an event that will happen every two summers with the next one to follow in August 2017. The camp is the latest addition to our pathway programs offered by the Faculty of Medicine to recruit Aboriginal students into the profession. At the camp students explored a variety of health careers with professionals working in the these fields. Elders and healers from various Aboriginal communities were also present to teach the students about Aboriginal cultures and medicines.The goals of the camp were as follows: 
1. Show students various health careers and where preparation programs are available (University and/or college); 
2. Offer students hands-on experiences related to these fields; 
3. Provide students the opportunity to earn a certificate in first-aid; 
4. Increase awareness of and appreciation for Aboriginal cultures in our province; 
5. Increase awareness of and appreciation for the knowledge of our Aboriginal Peoples about healing and wellbeing; 
6. Enable students to socialize with peers with similar interests; 
7. Offer participants the chance to be matched with a students studying in a health care program at the college or university

Community Health and Humanities
Quick Start Fund For Public Engagement
International Grenfell Association
Corner Brook
Newfoundland and Labrador
Aboriginal Peoples
Industry Sectors 
Health Care and Social Assistance
Start date 
1 Aug 2015
End date 
7 Aug 2015
Partner Organization 
Miawpukek First Nation
Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band
Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation
College of the North Atlantic
Allied Health Care Professionals