President Frémont, Dean Lucie Thibault, Chancellor Claudette Commanda, and officials from BMO at gift announcement
City News reports that the University of Ottawa has received a $2.5M gift from the Bank of Montreal to support the construction of a new health sciences building and the creation of a Canada Research Chair with a focus on Indigenous Health. “[The funding is] going to create this campus that is going to be very open and receptive of Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous health,” said UOttawa Chancellor Claudette Commanda, who added that the investment will inspire Indigenous students to study health sciences at the university. UOttawa’s Faculty of Medicine also recently established an agreement with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to collaborate on health research and education. The collaboration will focus on key priority areas such as planetary health, international collaborations, advanced medical leadership training, and social accountability.