IPAC Awards

The 2024 IPAC Awards

IPAC Awards Nominations Opening: March 25th at 9 AM PDT!
Deadline: May 3rd, 2024, Midnight PDT.

Please check below for details on the five awards, including descriptions, eligibility, and how to apply. All nominees and nominators will be contacted, via email, May 17th, 2024.

Recipients will receive a $1000 award and will be acknowledged at our Annual Gathering, July 2024 in Halifax, NS.

Community Impact Award

The IPAC Community Impact Award recognizes a First Nation, Inuit, and/or Métis physician in Canada who demonstrates a dedication to equitable healthcare for on reserve and/or urban Indigenous communities; a commitment to supporting strong and resilient communities; and who values the impact of healthy relationships on the overall health of Indigenous Peoples.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Open nomination; can be nominated by physician colleagues, learners, administrators/faculty, Elders, community members
  • Nominee must be a Canadian physician
  • Nominee must accept the nomination
The Application Requires:
  • Nomination form
  • Letter of nomination (max 2 pages) written and signed by the nominator
  • Nominee CV (max 3 pages, without photo)
  • 1-2 examples of support (max 2 page letter of support and/or short video of support) provided by physician colleagues, learners, administrators/faculty, Elders, community members
Mentorship Award

The IPAC Mentorship Award recognizes a First Nation, Inuit, or Métis physician or medical resident in Canada who exemplifies mentorship by encouraging authenticity and self-respect in their learners; initiates opportunities for growth, empowerment, and organic connections within the learning environment; and honours the balance between western and Indigenous ways of knowing throughout their career.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Must be nominated by a past or present mentee
  • Nominee must be a Canadian physician or resident in any year of residency
  • Nominee must accept the nomination
The Application Requires:
  • Nomination form
  • Letter of nomination (max 2 pages) written and signed by the nominator
  • Nominee CV (max 3 pages, without photo)
  • 1-2 examples of support (max 2 page letter of support and/or short video of support) provided by physician colleagues, learners, administrators/faculty, Elders, community members
The Sacred Land Award

The Sacred Land Award recognizes a First Nation, Inuit, and/or Métis in Canada who champions planetary health as human health through an Indigenous lens. This includes advocating for environmental sustainability, addressing climate change through an equitable transition framework rooted in Indigenous perspectives, conserving biodiversity, and tackling social determinants of health with a focus on Indigenous communities.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Open nomination; can be nominated by fellow residents, physicians, learners, administrators/faculty, Elders, community members
  • Nominees must be a Canadian physician or resident in any year of residency
  • Nominee must accept the nomination
The Application Requires:
  • Nomination form
  • Letter of nomination (max 2 pages) written and signed by the nominator
  • Nominee CV (max 3 pages, without photo)
  • 1-2 examples of support (max 2 page letter of support and/or short video of support) provided by physician colleagues, learners, administrators/faculty, Elders, community members
Medical Resident Leadership Award

The IPAC Medical Resident Leadership Award recognizes a First Nation, Inuit, and/or Métis medical resident in Canada who demonstrates a dedication to leadership within their personal, cultural, and medical communities. The recipient of this award exemplifies the multiple ways leaders help to uplift those around them through supportive relationships; community engagement and initiatives to improve the lives of others; and while acting as a positive role model for their resident and physician colleagues as well as medical students.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Open nomination; can be nominated by fellow residents, physicians, learners, administrators/faculty, Elders, community members
  • Nominees must be a Canadian physician or resident in any year of residency
  • Nominee must accept the nomination
The Application Requires:
  • Nomination form
  • Letter of nomination (max 2 pages) written and signed by the nominator
  • Nominee CV (max 3 pages, without photo)
  • 1-2 examples of support (max 2 page letter of support and/or short video of support) provided by physician colleagues, learners, administrators/faculty, Elders, community members
Medical Student Leadership Award

The IPAC Medical Student Leadership Award recognizes a First Nation, Inuit, and/or Métis medical student in Canada who demonstrates a dedication to leadership within their personal, cultural, and medical communities. The recipient of this award exemplifies the multiple ways leaders help to uplift those around them through supportive relationships; community engagement and initiatives to improve the lives of others; and while acting as a positive role model for their peers and prospective medical students.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Open nomination; can be nominated by fellow students, residents, physicians, administrators/faculty, Elders, community members
  • Nominee must be a Canadian medical student in their last year of medical school
  • Nominee must accept the nomination
The Application Requires:
  • Nomination form
  • Letter of nomination (max 2 pages) written and signed by the nominator
  • Nominee CV (max 3 pages, without photo)
  • 1-2 examples of support (max 2 page letter of support and/or short video of support) provided by physician colleagues, learners, administrators/faculty, Elders, community members

If you encounter any difficulties with the nomination form or have inquiries, kindly EMAIL US.

Past IPAC Award Recipients

2023 (Inaugural)

Community Impact Award: Dr. Veronica McKinney (Sask)
Mentorship Award: Dr. Patricia Farrugia (McMaster)
Medical Resident Leadership Award: Madison Peterson-Kowal (NOSM)
Medical Student Leadership Award: Elecktra Laxdal (Sask)

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