Margaret Lavallee, Elder
Ongomiizwin Institute of Health and Healing, University of Manitoba

Margaret Lavallee is a Traditional Ojibway Ikwe and Elder in Residence at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences of University of Manitoba. She provides programming and support for Indigenous students who are enrolled in the health professional (Medicine, Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Pharmacy, Nursing, Medical Rehabilitation, and Physician Assistants. In her role as Elder, Margaret ensures cultural programming is incorporated into all levels of student support at the University of Manitoba in research and education through faculty and curriculum development; student teachings; and personal mentoring in a traditional cultural context.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Interprofessional collaboration (IPC) has been identified as an essential component in providing culturally safe healthcare in Indigenous communities. Despite this, there are few IPC opportunities that involve working with Indigenous communities and peoples. To address this gap, a Canadian university offers a two-week interprofessional collaboration experience where groups of 4-6 students are immersed within a First Nations community to learn about its people, their health services, and their perspectives on health.    Since 2017, 61 students from 9 professional programs have participated…