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The duties of the Director of Advocacy and Representation are as follows:

  1. Directs advocacy activities of the association including reports, events, or initiatives. 

  2. Consults Indigenous medical students regarding advocacy and representation needs. 

  3. Advocates for association members’ needs to external organizations.

  4. Oversees research initiatives and programs.

Candidate: jamie thompson

Introduction

Tanshi, boozhoo, bonjour, hello, My name is Jamie Thompson and I am a settler-Métis-cree medical student at NOSM, in Thunder Bay, in robinson-superior treaty territory. I come from Manitouwadge (Robinson-superior treaty) and Ignace (treaty 3) and studied in ottawa (unceded algonquin territory) in biomedical science and indigenous studies before attending medical school.

Experience

In ottawa, I co-chaired the uOttawa Indigenous Ally NEtwork (IAN) in its formative 2nd year and held a variety of events. I facilitated uottawa student participated in Amnesty International's letter writing day in support of grassy narrows, as well as led the christmas donation campaign, where we secured monetary and physical donations to send to food banks & other non profits in the Territories to answer their needs as set out by the organization "Helping our northern neighbours". In march 2021 I also organized a beadwork auction for Grassy Narrows, where 3,335.00$ was raised for Free grassy.

Goals

My goal is to use this position to hear about the concerns and goals of fellow Indigenous medical students across canada to continue to advocate for Indigenous causes at a national level. I would like to use this position to spread awareness about advocacy opportunities and causes to the students and potentially spearhead new petitions, calls to action, and fundraising events for a variety of causes nationwide. I am passionate about using this new position to leverage accountability from our medical schools, national federation, and governments.

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