An honour for a dear friend

Today is National Aboriginal Day in Canada and I couldn’t be more proud and happy to be offering my congratulations to my dear friend and colleague Dr. Nadine Caron on her receiving the Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award from The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Nadine is a true role model who always inspires in everything she does and I invite you to read about her in this announcement from Andrew Padmos the Chief Executive Officer of the College.

Message from the CEO

Meet the Ojibwa surgeon who won our Indigenous Health Award for 2016

Dear colleagues,

Today is National Aboriginal Day.

?This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous Peoples.?  [Source: Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada]

What better day to announce the second winner of our Indigenous health award?

The Royal College Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award is among our newest awards. It was established in 2014 in honour of Dr. Dignan, O.Ont.,BScN, and his tireless advocacy to eradicate disparities in the care of Canada?s Indigenous peoples, as well as their access to equitable medical services.

I first met Tom when I was a first-year medical student at McMaster. He lived next door to a good friend and classmate and I later developed a friendship with him, as well. I…

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2 comments

  1. This is Fantastic Andrew, Thank you for sharing an inspirational post and message. For Native Americans, Indigenous, and all of us actually. I loved her statement, “Eventually someone has to go upstream to see why, we are all falling in.”
    Wow! The community NEEDs many more like her!!

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