Our Vision

Healthy and vibrant Indigenous nations, communities, families and individuals – supported by Indigenous physicians and others who are contributing to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of our people and having a positive impact on the social determinants of Indigenous health.

Our Mission

As Indigenous physicians and students who are diversely rooted in our traditional teachings and our respective communities, IPAC members embrace and commit to collaboratively use our skills, abilities and experiences to advance the health of our nations, communities, families and individuals. IPAC provides knowledge for communities, national Indigenous organizations and health care providers; advocates for Indigenous peoples’ health; and acts as a support mechanism for Indigenous physicians and students.

Our Beliefs & Values

IPAC’s beliefs and values originate from communities, our ancestors and the traditional teachings found within our diverse Indigenous cultures. We believe that Indigenous peoples deserve the best health possible. We honour the wholistic view of health (body, mind, spirit and heart) including traditional knowledge and practices. We believe that Indigenous physicians are honoured with positions of trust in the communities and commitment to our responsibilities are reflected in our work.

We value respectful and ethical interactions among all individuals, organizations and groups with whom we work. We hold ourselves to the values and principles that originate from our traditional teachings and we honor the various traditional teachings of all nations across Turtle Island. We guide ourselves, our work and our organization on these teachings through our relationships with each other.

Seven Teachings, commonly held by Anishinaabe, Nehiyaw, and Nakoda peoples:

Love

of people, communities and Indigenous ways of being

Respect

for knowledge, wisdom, communities and each other

Courage

to stand up for our ways of being and the application and integration of Indigeneity in all things we do as an organization

Honesty

among the membership 
and staff and with the organizations and individuals with whom we work

Wisdom

use of traditional teachings to approach our way of being and with our work

Humility

to know our limitations and to seek guidance when necessary

Truth

to always speak the truth as an organization and to speak the truth to each other

Gayanashagowa

The Haudenosaunee Great Law of Peace

The Great Law of Peace was written and symbolized
through wampum belts alongside the oral stories that
were passed down with it. These stories include the Great Peacemaker Dekanawidah and his spokesman Hiawatha as they journey through the five (now six) Haundenosaunee Nations attempting to end war and unify under one confederacy. Dekanawidah and Hiawatha were successful. There are now several versions of the Great Law of Peace, many of which have been translated into English, which, depending on the version, has 117 articles. An excerpt can be found below:

We uproot the tallest white pine, into the cavity we cast all weapons of war, we replant the tree and with this establish the Great Peace, we declare hostilities shall end between the five nations, and we shall live as a united people.

One version of full text was prepared by Gerald Murphy, the National Public Telecomputing Network and the Constitution Society.

Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit

InuuqatigiitsiarniqRespecting others, relationships and 
caring for people.
PijitsirniqServing and providing for family 
and/or community.
Pilimmaksarniq / PijariuqsarniqDevelopment of skills through observation, mentoring, practice, and effort.
Piliriqatigiinniq / IkajuqtigiinniqWorking together for a common cause.
TunnganarniqFostering good spirits by being open, welcoming and inclusive.
AajiiqatigiinniqDecision making through discussion 
and consensus.
QanuqtuurniqBeing innovative and resourceful.
Avatittinnik KamatsiarniqRespect and care for the land, animals and the environment.

Dene Laws

Ełeghaets’edendıhShare what you have
Ełets’áts’ęndıHelp each other
Ełeghǫnets’etǫLove each other as much as possible
Ǫhndah gots’edıhchá & godhąh ahsıı azhǫ chuBe respectful of elders and everything around you
T’ahsıı ots’edıhshǫ gogháts’ıɂáhPass on the teachings
Łáǫlıh t’áh gogha gonezųBe happy at all times
Tedhe ts’ete & dzenę eghálats’ęndaSleep at night and work during the day
Dene ts’ę nahzų gots’ęh thá t’áh dene ahdahndı ıleBe polite and don’t argue with anyone
Ts’élıą gots’ęh denelıą ełegedıhchá gha góɂǫYoung girls and boys should behave respectfully

Our Mandate

IPAC derives its authority from the teachings of our ancestors, from the legitimacy of the history of our experiences, and from our communities and peoples. As an organization of contemporary medicine people, IPAC recognizes the health inequities of Indigenous people and communities who look to us for leadership and knowledge. We believe it is our responsibility and right to come together to help improve other Indigenous peoples’ physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and to impact the determinants of Indigenous health.

Our Operating Principles

The following principles guide us; they become the lenses through which all IPAC activities are considered and implemented:

  • Indigeneity is maintained and respected throughout all IPAC activities
  • IPAC is well funded to conduct its business successfully
  • IPAC’s staff, board members, and members work together in a healthy team environment of wholistic wellness
  • IPAC members are actively engaged in IPAC activities
  • IPAC conducts all activities within its mandate and within its capacity to ensure focus and momentum

Our Strategic Priorities

  • Advance the health of Indigenous lands including its’ nations, communities, and individuals.
  • Support current and future Indigenous physicians, residents and medical students.
  • Strengthen the Association and build relationships.
🌟 Introducing our new IPAC Board of Directors! 🌟  From left to right:
Shelley Young - Student Director
Dr. Brent Young - Treasurer
Dr. Jamaica Cass - Secretary
Dr. Ryan Giroux - Physician Director
Dr. Tina Nash - Resident Director
Dr. Ojistoh Horn - President
Dr. Alexa Lesperance - Vice-President  Join us in welcoming our new leaders Together, we are dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island. 🌿✨ #IPAC2024 #boardofdirectors #indigenoushealth #indigenousleadership #indigenousmedicine
We experienced both joyful and bittersweet moments at our IPAC Annual Gathering. Our heartfelt thanks go to President Dr. Mandy Buss and Vice President Dr. Mike Dumont, who have stepped down from the IPAC Board of Directors. Their wisdom, love, and knowledge have greatly impacted our Board and the entire organization. We love you both. Here’s a little goodbye video from them. ❤️ #Leadership #Gratitude #Community #ThankYou #Inspiration #ipac2024
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🚨 Notice 🚨
We'll be closed for our Annual Gathering from Wednesday, July 10th at 2 PM CST to Friday, July 12th. We'll reopen on Monday, July 15th. Stay posted for gathering highlights and updates! ✨  #AnnualGathering  #SeeYouSoon
IPAC Board of Directors election happens Friday, July 12, and time is quickly approaching!  Are you passionate about making a difference in Indigenous health? Now's your chance to shine! 🌿  🔍 We’re on the lookout for dedicated and visionary leaders for the roles of:
Physician Director
Resident Director
Student Director  Join us in our mission to positively impact the social determinants of Indigenous health. If you or someone you know has the drive and commitment to lead and inspire, we want to hear from you!  For more information, please visit: https://ipacamic.ca/agm/
#IndigenousHealth #Leadership #HealthEquity #SocialDeterminantsofHealth #MakeADifference #healthcareleaders
🎉 Wishing all amazing residents the best of luck with your residency year! 🌟 Your hard work and dedication are truly inspiring. Here's to a year of growth, learning, and incredible achievements. You've got this! 💪 #ResidencyYear #FutureLeaders #IPACFamily
Our time together in Halifax is right around the corner! This month we will explore the teachings of Ji'kmaqn and Kojua. The Ji'kmaqn is a traditional Mi'kmaq instrument, and Kojua is a traditional Mi'kmaq dance.  Join us as we delve into these rich cultural traditions! 🌿🎶💃
https://youtu.be/HavHoy3LPqc?si=glDVTpl55cCv-eye  #TraditionalTeachings #HalifaxGathering #CulturalHeritage #IndigenousLearning
🌟 We are ten days away from our Elections! 🌟  Are you passionate about making a difference in Indigenous health? Now's your chance to shine! 🌿  🔍 We’re on the lookout for dedicated and visionary leaders for the roles of:  Physician Director
Resident Director
Student Director
Join us in our mission to positively impact the social determinants of Indigenous health. If you or someone you know has the drive and commitment to lead and inspire, we want to hear from you!  For more information, please visit: https://ipacamic.ca/agm/  #IndigenousHealth #Leadership #Elections #makeadifference
That's a wrap!  Registration for IPAC's 2024 Annual Gathering is NOW CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who signed up – we can't wait to see you in Halifax for an unforgettable event at @dalhousieu! 🎉✈️ #SeeYouInHalifax #Halifax  #dalhousieu
📣 Just a friendly reminder: We will be CLOSED on Monday, July 1. 
Wishing you all a wonderful and safe long weekend! 🥳🌞
@fmwc_canada is celebrating their 100th Anniversary AGM & Conference! 🎉 Join them Sept. 27-28 in Ottawa at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.  Hear from Dr. Jane Philpott, André Picard, Dr. Kathleen Ross, and Dr. Theresa Tam. Early Bird discount of 20% until June 30th! Details and registration at FMWC2024.com
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