Embracing Planetary Health!

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April 2024 Newsletter
Aaniin Boozhoo, Tan’si, Greetings from IPAC, 

In this edition of our newsletter, we’re focusing on the crucial topic of planetary health as we introduce an exciting addition to the IPAC Awards: The Sacred Land Award. This award highlights the exceptional efforts of First Nation, Inuit, and/or Métis individuals in Canada who champion planetary health from an Indigenous perspective.

The Sacred Land Award honours those who advocate for environmental sustainability, apply Indigenous frameworks to address climate change, preserve biodiversity, and tackle social determinants of health within Indigenous communities. We’re privileged to recognize individuals who embody the values of stewardship and dedication to the well-being of our planet and all its inhabitants. Nominations for the IPAC Awards close on May 3rd, 2024, at Midnight PDT.

When I was young, I had a poster on my wall featuring a young Indian woman wearing a blanket, standing on a rock beside a river, with the inscription: “Only when the last tree has died, the last river has been poisoned, and the last fish has been caught, will we realize that money cannot be eaten.”
Tell us a bit about your work in planetary health.
I’m currently involved in a project to survey members of IPAC on their understanding of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (1999) and the recently passed Bill S-5, known as the Strengthening Environmental Protection for a Healthier Canada Act (2023).
Winter Activities

🌟 We recently hosted two exciting Online Mentorship Events led by Membership and Mentorship Manager Tom Lindsay. Thanks to everyone who participated in our trivia nights, where residents and physicians shared insights on the OB/GYN specialty. Explore more of our past and upcoming !

🌍 Healthy Planet. Healthy People. IPAC's Acting Director, Melanie Osmack, recently completed the  (CAPE) Advocacy and Mobilization Program (AMP). She also took part in CAPE’s Lobby Day on February 6th, advocating for a greener, healthier future.
 Bill S-5: The Environmental Game-Changer You Need to Know About!
🌿 Bill S-5, Strengthening Environmental Protection for a Healthier Canada Act, became law on June 13, 2023, amending the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) to ensure every individual in Canada has the right to a healthy environment. Learn more: .

🔊 Join our Virtual Roundtable on April 24 or 25! Share your thoughts on Bill S-5's impact on Canada's environmental protection. Dinner vouchers provided for participants. Register here: .

🌍 On April 12, we'll gather with seven Elders from coast to coast in Vancouver B.C. to listen and learn, ensuring their voices are included in our report on Bill S-5. Stay tuned for updates!

✍️ Your Voice Matters! Fill out the Bill S-5 IPAC Member Survey by  us at to receive an invitation. Deadline: April 12.
📅 Nominations Opening: March 25th at 9 AM PDT.
⏰ Deadline: May 3rd, 2024, Midnight PDT.

Don't miss out on this chance to nominate someone exceptional! Check out the details on our five awards, including descriptions, eligibility, and how to apply.

Recipients will receive a $1000 award and will be acknowledged at our Annual Gathering in July 2024 in Halifax, NS.
Early bird pricing for IPAC's Annual Mentorship Gathering & AGM has been extended to April 12!  
Join us at Dalhousie University from July 12-14, 2024! Our team is dedicated to creating an event filled with culture and connection. Check out our amazing lineup of speakers and secure your spot now!  is open until June 29th, 9 AM. Don't miss out!

AGM – Save the Date!
📅 Save the Date! IPAC's AGM will be held on July 12th at 2:00 PM ADT, hosted at Dalhousie University Collaborative Health Education Building in the Windsor Foundation Room. See you there!
📣 Calling all attendees of IPAC's Annual Mentorship Gathering & AGM!  Get ready to stand out with our exclusive t-shirt featuring the theme "Our Stories. Our Medicine" front and centre!  

On sale until June 7th, available for pickup at the event ONLY. Don't miss this chance to grab yours! Sizes range from small to 3XL (Classic unisex fit). Order yours
MD Financial - Tax Considerations for Indigenous Physicians 
Indigenous physicians play a crucial role in Canada, particularly in underserved communities where cultural awareness can contribute to better health outcomes for Indigenous peoples. Depending on where you live and whether you earn income on- or off-reserve, you could be eligible for special tax deductions or exemptions. Here are some useful tips to consider.

Thank you MD Financial for sponsoring our IPAC Annual Mentorship Gathering!
An Enormous Thank You to Our Incredible Partners!
A massive thank you to our esteemed partners for making the Annual Mentorship Gathering and AGM possible! Your contributions create a platform for academic sharing, networking, and cultural enrichment. Your support means the world to us as we prepare for an unforgettable event together! 

Click to view our sponsoring partners for the Annual Mentorship Gathering.
PRIDoC 2024 is taking place on Kaurna Country at the Adelaide Convention Centre in South Australia from December 2nd to 6th, 2024. , and Early Bird rates are available until August 30th, 2024. Member rates apply if you are an IPAC member!  

Call for Abstracts Now Open! All details can be found .

We are gearing up for Cultural Sharing Night and have struck a planning committee. Our chair, Dr. Alexa Lesperance is inviting members who would like to participate to an inaugural meeting April 19, 5:00pm PT/8:00pm ET. RSVP by

Committee Opportunities
Committee Opportunities: Indigenous Admissions Pathway Committee
  • 2 Indigenous Faculty Members (Any University)
Participation in the council will require up to 3 hours a month until September 2024, and up to 8 hours a month after during the selection process. The term would end in the spring of 2025. All meetings will be virtual. For more information email .

Learning Opportunities
Learning Opportunities: Enhanced Skills Training
Applications are due: July 30, 2024. Learn more about this opportunity .
Become an IPAC Member
Join IPAC for connections, guidance, and support in advancing Indigenous health. Through events like the IPAC Mentorship Circle, we draw on diverse cultures and teachings for equitable medical education and healthcare.   
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