The Office of Indigenous Health drives our commitment to Reconciliation in medical education.

Our goal is to:

  • embed Indigenous health education (history, cultural safety) into all residency training programs
  • national assessment of Indigenous health into postgraduate medical education (PGME) curriculum; and
  • provide resources for practising specialists to incorporate into their practice.



Sherry Sandy, director

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Sherry Sandy is the director, Office of Indigenous Health. Sherry had a decade of experience in progressively senior positions with a track record of accomplishments in Indigenous Health, program development, partnership, and collaboration building. She has a Bachelor in Social Work from McMaster University and Master of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University.


Jillian Roberge, MD, FRCPC – clinician educator, Curriculum

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Jill Roberge is a Métis woman from the traditional territory of the Red River Settlement. Jill is a staff Emergency physician at Hamilton Health Sciences. She graduated in 2021 from the FRCPC E.M. residency program at McMaster. In addition to her clinical work, Jill is the lead for the PGME Indigenous Health Education Council at McMaster.


Ryan Giroux, MD, FRCPC – clinician educator, Standards

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Ryan Giroux is a general pediatrician working at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Inner City Health Associates in Toronto. He is Métis from the Métis Nation of Alberta as well as mixed settler heritage. His work at the Royal College focuses on accreditation. Ryan is the Temerty Faculty of Medicine’s PGME Indigenous Health Lead. Ryan’s interests include Indigenous child health, refugee and newcomer health, LGBTQ2S+ health, and medical education.


Rebekah Eatmon, BHK, MD, CCFP – Clinician Educator, Assessment

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Rebekah Eatmon, MD, CCFP is an Indigenous family physician serving both urban and rural Indigenous peoples. She is Tsimshian from Lax Kw’alaams, from the Raven Clan on her father’s side and Métis on her mother’s side. She works for Lu’ma Medical Centre in Vancouver, as well as Carrier Sekani Family Services in remote communities in BC, where she is proud to deliver culturally safe care to her patients.



The Indigenous Health Committee (IHC) is an independent body that comprises Indigenous physicians, scholars and other health-care professionals, who work with the Royal College to develop accessible educational resources for specialists.


  • Lisa Richardson, MD, FRCPC
  • Kona Williams, MD, FRCPC
  • Albert Dumont, Elder
  • William Fitzgerald
  • Marcia Anderson, MD, FRCPC
  • Cheryl Barnabe, MD, FRCPC (on sabbatical July 2022-June 2023)
  • Margo Greenwood, PhD, MA, BEd
  • Mae Katt
  • Louise Simard
  • Vince Tookenay, MD
  • Sarah Funnell, MD, FRCPC
  • Amanda Fontes, MD (resident)
  • Ryan Giroux, MD, FRCPC
  • Jill Roberge, MD, FRCPC
  • Sherry Sandy


Foundational Reading

Indigenous Health Primer

Learn essential knowledge about Indigenous health in this rich compendium including case studies of Indigenous experiences and insights from Indigenous Fellows.

(Earn MOC Program credits for each foundational reading document above: Two (2) credits per hour, Section 2 Self-learning: Planned learning: Personal Learning Project)

Indigenous Health Values and Principles Statement, Second Edition

Learn about the health values important to Indigenous People and how the CanMEDS framework relates to them with actionable principles that guide culturally safe health care.

Guidance documents

Specialty Scoop podcast — The Importance of Land

How can physicians create a truly meaningful territorial acknowledgement? Elder Albert Dumont offers teachings.

Indigenous health in specialty postgraduate medical education guide

The Indigenous health in specialty postgraduate medical education guide responds directly to faculties of medicine looking to enhance Indigenous health curricula and programming.


Cultural safety guidance for clinicians during the COVID-19 pandemic

Health care professionals: increase your knowledge on why and how to follow culturally safe practices when treating patients with this one-page public health guide.

(MOC Program credits: One (1) credit per article, Section 2 Self-learning: Scanning: Reading a journal article)

Indigenous health content in postgraduate medical education: An environmental scan

Read about the “state of readiness” of the 17 faculties of medicine in Canada to integrate Indigenous health in postgraduate medical education curriculum and programming.

Online Courses

Earn MOC Program credits for the following courses: Three (3) credits per hour, Section 3 Knowledge assessment: Accredited self-assessment programs

San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training

Develop understanding and promote positive partnerships between clinicians and Indigenous People. Although developed in British Columbia, the learning benefits are transferrable. San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training

Ontario Indigenous Cultural Safety Program (developed in collaboration with San’yas Cultural Safety Training)

Improve health care experiences and outcomes by increasing respect and understanding of the unique history and current realities of Indigenous communities.

Ontario Indigenous Cultural Safety Program