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Facilitated Admissions Self-Identification

Facilitated Admissions Self-Identification

Facilitated Indigenous Admissions Program (FIAP): Self-Identification Requirements

With an understanding that Indigenous learners can face specific barriers or challenges when pursuing higher education, schools and programs within McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences have facilitated admissions streams for applicants with Indigenous North American (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) ancestry. This process is intended to provide equitable access to Indigenous applicants and aligns with the intent of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action. Applicants wishing to apply through McMaster’s FIAP need to complete the supplementary self-identification application in addition to  McMaster university and program specific application processes. The FIAP self-identification application is submitted to McMaster’s Indigenous Health Task Force (IHTF) through the ISHS Office.

The application must include all parts of sections A through C.

PART A:  LETTER OF CONSIDERATION: The letter is not scored but is used by the reviewers on the IHTF to better understand the social/cultural context of the applicant. The letter of consideration should not exceed 500 words and must include:

  1. A request for consideration under the Facilitated Indigenous Admissions Process. 
  2. An overview of the applicant's academic and personal background that highlights the reasons and motivation for chosen health profession(s). 
  3. Declaration of self-identification as an Indigenous person with a response to the following question:  What does Indigenous identity mean to you?

PART B: DECLARATION OF ANCESTRY DOCUMENTATION: The applicant must provide specific information and documentation regarding their First Nation (status and non-status), Métis, Inuit, Band Council, Tribal Council, Treaty, community, nation or organizational affiliation.   Accepted supporting documents of ancestry may include:

  • A copy of a valid Indian Status or Treaty card;
  • A copy of a valid Nunavut Trust Certificate card, roll number or any other proof accepted by Inuit communities;
  • A copy of a membership card from a Métis registry recognized by the Métis National Council (Métis Nation of Ontario, the Manitoba Métis Federation, the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan, the Métis Nation of Alberta and the Métis Nation British Columbia);
  • A copy of a membership card from a Métis Settlement General Council community.
  • Proof that an ancestor’s name has been entered in the Indian Register according to the Indian Act, or on the band list of an individual band, or on the Inuit roll;
  • Written confirmation of nationhood in a federally recognized band council which has its own citizenship code; or
  •  A declaration of Indigenous (status or non-status) identity by the candidate with supporting documentation from either an official in a recognized Indigenous organization or a relative in an Indigenous community.

It is strongly encouraged to request supporting documentation for proof of ancestry as soon as possible so the application can be processed in a timely manner. We reserve the right to verify the documentation submitted.

PART C:  LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION (Written or Oral forms accepted):  Provide one letter of recommendation from an Indigenous community that outlines why the community supports the applicant seeking consideration through FIAP. Acceptable letter writers can be from diverse Indigenous communities/organizations; for example: Elders, Friendship Centres, teachers/professors, guidance/academic counselors, mentors, or professionals who can speak to the applicant's attributes to the chosen program. An option of an Oral recommendation is also available.

PART D: ENGAGEMENT WITH THE (ABORIGINAL) INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY: Applying to McMaster through the FIAP is an agreement by the applicant to meet with the Faculty Advisor or Director of the ISHS office twice a year. The objectives of these meetings are to ensure the applicant is meeting their academic goals; are aware of the multiple supports available to them (scholarships, bursaries, tutoring, mentorship, Elders, advocacy, professional development etc.) In addition, students are provided with a connection to the Indigenous communities (Indigenous Students Health Sciences Office, Indigenous Student Services, undergraduate and graduate student groups) at McMaster.

HOW THE APPLICATIONS WILL BE REVIEWED: Members of the IHTF will review the applications. Applications will then be endorsed by the IHTF for consideration under the facilitated admissions process for the program(s) applied for, or recommended for consideration in the general pool. An endorsement by the IHTF of an applicant does not ensure acceptance to a program. It allows the applicant to apply under the Indigenous specific criteria of the program. Applicants must still complete all program and supplementary applications. The IHTF membership includes the Faculty Advisor and Director of ISHS, Indigenous Faculty, an Indigenous community representative and an Indigenous health professional or health organization member, an ISHS Mentor, and Elders. The decisions of the IHTF are final.

NOTE: Only one FIAP application is necessary if applying to more than one program within the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. Applicants must be mindful of the various deadline dates if applying to more than one program using the FIAP.

 

PRIVACY & INFORMATION COLLECTION: The information you provide on any application for admissions will be protected and used in compliance with Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (RSO 1990) and will be disclosed only in accordance with this Act. If you have any questions about the collection and use of this information please contact the ISHS office. 

Facilitated Indigenous Admissions Program (FIAP): Self-Identification Policy

Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
Facilitated Indigenous Admissions Program (FIAP):
Self-Identification policy
 
With an understanding that Indigenous learners can face specific barriers or challenges when pursuing higher education, schools and programs within McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences have facilitated admissions streams for applicants with Indigenous North American (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) ancestry. This process is intended to provide equitable access to Indigenous applicants and aligns with the intent of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action. Most notably, the facilitated admissions process supports Call to Action #23 which states, “We call upon all levels of government to I. Increase the number of Aboriginal professionals working in the healthcare field. II. Ensure the retention of Aboriginal health-care providers in Aboriginal communities. III. Provide cultural competency training for all healthcare professionals.”
 
The FIAP Self-Identification policy is for the Faculty of Health Sciences. This policy applies to current and future programs or schools that have or will engage in a facilitated admissions stream for all Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Metis) applicants regardless of program type (undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate). The purpose of this policy is to assist schools/programs with the student self-identification component of the facilitated Indigenous admissions process only.
In order to assist students with preparation for the application process they are encouraged to contact the Indigenous Students Health Sciences (ISHS) office. The ISHS office provides guidance to Indigenous applicants to health sciences and offers workshops on the Multi Mini Interview (MMI) preparation; copies of MCAT study guides and practice tests for example. Students are also encouraged to speak with the Indigenous Student Services/Indigenous Studies Program academic advisor in their degree planning.
 
Applicants wishing to apply through McMaster’s FIAP need to complete the following supplementary self-identification application in addition to the McMaster university and program specific application processes. The FIAP application is submitted to McMaster’s Indigenous Health Task Force (IHTF) through the ISHS Office.
 
The application must include all parts of sections A through C
PART A: LETTER OF CONSIDERATION
The letter is not scored but is used by the reviewers on the IHTF to better understand the social/cultural context of the applicant. The letter of consideration should not exceed 500
words and must include:
I. A request for consideration under the Facilitated Indigenous Admissions Process.
II. An overview of the applicant's academic and personal background that highlights the reasons and motivation for chosen health profession(s).
III. Declaration of self-identification as an Indigenous person with a response to the following question: What does Indigenous identity mean to you?
 
PART B: DECLARATION OF ANCESTRY DOCUMENTATION
The applicant must provide specific information and documentation regarding their First Nation (status and non-status), Métis, Inuit, Band Council, Tribal Council, Treaty, community, nation or organizational affiliation.
 
Accepted supporting documents of ancestry may include:
a. A copy of a valid Indian Status or Treaty card;
b. A copy of a valid Nunavut Trust Certificate card, roll number or any other proof accepted by Inuit communities;
c. A copy of a membership card from a Métis registry recognized by the Métis National Council (Métis Nation of Ontario, the Manitoba Métis Federation, the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan, the Métis Nation of Alberta and the Métis Nation British Columbia);
d. A copy of a membership card from a Métis Settlement General Council community.
e. Proof that an ancestor’s name has been entered in the Indian Register according to the Indian Act, or on the band list of an individual band, or on the Inuit roll;
f. Written confirmation of nationhood in a federally recognized band council which has its own citizenship code; or
g. A declaration of Indigenous (status or non-status) identity by the candidate with supporting documentation from either an official in a recognized Indigenous organization or a relative in an Indigenous community.
It is strongly encouraged to request supporting documentation for proof of ancestry as soon as possible so the application can be processed in a timely manner. We reserve the right to verify the documentation submitted.
 
PART C: LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION (Written or Oral forms accepted)
Provide one letter of recommendation from an Indigenous community that outlines why the community supports the applicant seeking consideration through FIAP. Acceptable letter writers can be from diverse Indigenous communities/organizations; for example: Elders, Friendship Centres, teachers/professors, guidance/academic counsellors, mentors, or professionals who can speak to the applicant's attributes to the chosen program. An option of an Oral recommendation is also available.
 
PART D: Engagement with the [Aboriginal] Indigenous community
Applying to McMaster through the FIAP is an agreement by the applicant to meet with the Faculty Advisor or Director of the ISHS office twice a year. The objectives of these meetings are to ensure the applicant is meeting their academic goals; are aware of the multiple supports available to them (scholarships, bursaries, tutoring, mentorship, Elders, advocacy, professional development etc.) In addition, students are provided with a connection to the Indigenous communities (Indigenous Students Health Sciences Office, Indigenous Student Services, undergraduate and graduate student groups) at McMaster.
 
HOW THE APPLICATIONS WILL BE REVIEWED
Members of the IHTF will review the applications.
 
Applications will then be endorsed by the IHTF for consideration under the facilitated admissions process for the program(s) applied for, or recommended for consideration in the general pool.
 
An endorsement by the IHTF of an applicant does not ensure acceptance to a program. It allows the applicant to apply under the Indigenous specific criteria of the program. Applicants must still complete all program and supplementary applications.
 
The IHTF membership includes the Faculty Advisor and Director of ISHS, Indigenous Faculty, an Indigenous community representative and an Indigenous health professional or health organization member, an ISHS Mentor, and Elders.
 
The decisions of the IHTF are final.
 
NOTE:
Only one FIAP application is necessary if applying to more than one program within the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. Applicants must be mindful of the various deadline dates if applying to more than one program using the FIAP.
 
Approved September 19, 2016 Indigenous Health Task Force
Approved April 24, 2017 Indigenous Education Council
Approved July 5, 2017 Health Sciences Education Council
Approved September 27, 2017 FHS Faculty Executive Committee
Approved October 17, 2017 Graduate Council
Approved November 8, 2017 Senate 

Facilitated Indigenous Admissions Program (FIAP): Self-Identification Application

Click here for the Online FIAP Application.

* GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP FOR INDIGENOUS APPLICANTS HSc

Please complete the FIAP application and select the Graduate Scholarship listed under Program of Entry

The following program(s) are accepting FIAP Applications:

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences
  • BHSc Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization
  • BSc Nursing
  • Master Neuroscience
  • MD/PhD
  • Medicine
  • Midwifery
  • MSc Biochemistry
  • MSc Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization
  • MSc Child Life & Pediatric Psychosocial Care
  • MSc eHealth
  • MSc Global Health
  • MSc Health Research Methodology
  • MSc Health Science Education
  • MSc Medical Sciences
  • MSc Nursing
  • MSc Occupational Therapy
  • MSc Physiotherapy
  • Master of Public Health
  • MSc Rehabilitation Science-Course Based
  • MSc Rehabilitation Science-Thesis
  • MSc Speech Language Pathology
  • PhD Biochemistry
  • PhD Health Policy
  • PhD Health Research Methodology
  • PhD Medical Sciences
  • PhD Neuroscience
  • PhD Nursing
  • PhD Rehabilitation Science
  • Physician Assistant

 

NEW Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Scholarships for Indigenous Applicants 

Deadline:  Extended to January 31, 2019

Indigenous applicants wishing to be considered for the scholarships must apply by the deadline and complete the FIAP application.

All Indigenous applicants who have applied this year or are applying to a faculty of health sciences graduate program are eligible.

Applicants who are completing a FIAP application for a facilitated graduate program are automatically considered.