Pick Your Path: Mentorship Opportunity

The Branches team is looking for students interested in mentoring Indigenous high school students this summer! Pick Your Path is an online career exploration and mentorship program for Indigenous youth happening from August 2nd to the 13th. Here you will have the chance to share your experiences with and support a high school student in figuring out their next steps in their education. For your time and effort, you will receive monetary compensation.

If you are interested, you can read more and apply at the following link: https://bit.ly/PYP2021Mentors. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 28th.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send an email to mayela.lozanoalanis@mcgill.ca

Why we need more Indigenous perspectives in health care: Richard Budgell for CBC First Person

This month, Richard Budgell was featured in the CBC First Person series. The First Person section features personal stories and experiences of Canadians, in their own words. This is intended to showcase a more intimate storytelling perspective, and allow people from across the country to share what they have lived through

In addition, Budgell was also featured in “Let’s Go” with Sabrina Marandola, a radio show also hosted by the CBC. Let’s Go celebrates local stories, explores a range of perspectives and shines a light on people making a difference in the community.

Click here Richard’s article and listen to his segment on Let’s Go.

Inuit Participants Wanted for VR Study

The Douglas Mental Health University Institute is looking for Inuit individuals willing to participate in a study to test heart rate variability and other physiological responses to two stimuli in virtual reality. Researchers will eventually use this data to help build novel medical applications, specifically, an automatized and remote virtual reality treatment. 

Inclusion criteria: 

  • Healthy adult between 14-60 years 
  • Identifies as Inuk 

Exclusion criteria: Risk for epilepsy, current abuse of alcohol or drugs, changes to medications in the past 4 weeks 

Study involves: 

  • One meeting at Douglas, in total 60 minutes 
  • Wearing sensor to measure physiological response during two VR exercises, a relaxation and a height exposure 
  • A survey asking for anxiety symptoms, previous traumatic experiences and supporting factors


For more information or to participate in this stidy, please contact Maharshee Karia/Quinta Seon:




Engaging Indigenous Youth: The Evolution of McGill’s Eagle Spirit Science Futures Camp

On May 13th from 4-5pm, join in on an online panel discussing the Evolution of McGill’s Eagle Spirit Science Futures Camp.

During this moderated panel, two Eagle Spirit Science Futures Camp founders, as well as a past camp participant (and current coordinator), will discuss the camp’s beginnings and its legacy. Together, we will explore the role the camp plays in helping to empower Indigenous youth and encourage them to consider careers in the health sciences.

This panel is moderated by Dr. Kent Saylor, and panelists include: Paige Isaac, Waneek Horn-Miller and Alex Allard-Gray.

Register for the panel here. 

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