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Donation launches Indigenous health institute.

A $10-million donation from Michael and Amira Dan to the University of Toronto will support the creation of an institute dedicated to improving the health of Indigenous peoples. The institute will be based at the Dalia Lana School of Public Health and will involve faculty experts throughout the university. An advisory committee dedicated to community-based collaboration will be assembled to ensure key voices from Indigenous communities are involved in the institute's mission. "The actual creation of an institute that merges traditional and contemporary experience in health is a truly exciting development for Indigenous peoples the world over," said Elder Fred Kelly, a member of the Ojibways of Onigaming and a citizen of the Anishinaabe Nation, in a news release. it is noble in vision and bold in mission. Its spirit of innovativeness is a dream coming true."

A governance structure will be developed over the next few months to ensure a commitment to collaboration and participatory practices with respect to the institute's teaching, research and knowledge-translation activities, to ensure benefits for Indigenous peoples in Canada and globally.

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Title Annotation:Health Watch
Author:Narine, Shari
Publication:Windspeaker
Date:Aug 1, 2014
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