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Award named in honour of McMaster alumnus

Published: November 20, 2014

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has created the Royal College Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award in honour of the McMaster alumnus. He was the first First Nations graduate of the University's MD program.

Dignan is a Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory who is a tireless advocate for eradicating disparities in health outcomes and inequities in the quality of health care facing Indigenous people. He is chair of the Royal College's Indigenous Health Advisory Committee; co-founder of the Native Physicians Association of Canada; a founding member and first president of the Native Nurses Association of Canada; and a member of the Order of Ontario.

The Royal College Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award is available to Canadian physicians, residents and medical students who display a commitment to Canadian Indigenous rights and the pursuit of justice for Canada's Indigenous people. Nominees are to have an understanding of the effects of institutionalized racism and oppression, and will have taken action against them.

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