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Welcome to the Indigenous Students Health Sciences Office

The Indigenous Students Health Sciences (ISHS) office is solely dedicated to providing services and supports for the academic success and wellbeing of all First Nations, Inuit and Métis students in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster. Examples of our programming include Elders in residence, mentorship, graduate/professional development, student leadership, and community collaborations. ISHS also engages with broader Indigenous communities and knowledge shares with non-Indigenous students, staff, faculty, and departments interested in Indigenous health.

Our Mandate

Our Mandate

Our Strategy

Our Strategy

Our Goals

Our Goals

ISHS Summer Hours Update

As we move into the summer months, administrative staff will be taking vacation at various points and we may not all be available for assistance every day. Our vacation time has been planned to ensure someone will always be “in the office” but please keep this in mind when reaching out to us. In addition, the current Assistant Program Coordinator, Catherine Booker, will be commencing a Leave of Absence starting Monday, June 28th, as she is expecting a baby girl in July! Incoming inquiries will be triaged to the most appropriate Indigenous Health Team person.     We appreciate when planning is done in advance, where possible, to reduce the number of urgent inquiries during this time of transition. Staff on vacation or summer hours will have a bounce back message on their e-mails when they’re “out of the office” to ensure you are aware if you’re trying to contact them. Our bounce backs will direct you to who to contact for urgent matters.    To avoid a bounce back email please direct your inquiries to the following resources:  For academic or admissions inquiries please contact Matt Jocko jockom@mcmaster.ca.   If you are looking for information on the McMaster Facilitated Indigenous Admissions Program, please visit the Admissions webpage.     To connect with Indigenous Student Services please contact indigssa@mcmaster.ca     Current students with urgent matters and faculty or program staff please contact Indigenous Health Learning Lodge Executive Director Alexandra Trottier, trottia@mcmaster.ca.   

  If you are inquiring about program information, please contact the FHS program in question.  Thank you for your patience and understanding. We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer!