Dear colleagues,

I’d like to invite you to watch a short video (below).

Better than any words I can share, this three-minute video explains why Catherine L. Cook, MD, MSc, CCFP, FCFP, has been named the recipient of our Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award for 2018.

Dr. Cook, a proud Métis woman, began as a family physician in remote northern nursing stations. After recognizing the limitations of clinical work, she broadened her focus to larger public health and Indigenous health interventions. One outcome of her efforts is Ongomiziiwin, Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, which she now leads. It was opened in 2017 in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, and is now the largest Indigenous education and health unit in Canada.

“Many Indigenous people suffer from chronic ill health and poor health outcomes due to a complex web of factors […] If we hope to change the future for Indigenous and other marginalized people, we need to work together to get to the root causes,” says Dr. Cook.

I was quite impressed with Dr. Cook’s sense of personal responsibility to use her voice, as well as her willingness to do what she can to make a difference through her work.

I invite you to learn more about Dr. Cook’s work and impact on our website.

Please join me in congratulating her on this worthy recognition!

Sincerely,

Andrew Padmos, BA, MD, FRCPC, FACP
Chief Executive Officer