Dr. Joyce Helmer (Anishinaabe) is an Associate Professor in the Division of Clinical Sciences at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). She is the current Chair of the Indigenous Admissions committee, as well as a member of the NOSM Indigenous Reference Group. She has been the elected Indigenous representative on the Academic Council for over seven years.
In addition, Dr. Helmer is the Curriculum Specialist and lead for all of the teaching, learning and innovation initiatives at the First Nations Technical Institute in the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. For the last ten years, she has been a member of the Manitoulin Anishinabek Research Review Committee (MARRC), which is the ethics review board for the seven First Nations of Manitoulin Island in Ontario.
Her research activities are broad and varied including opportunities to participate in the review process of the CIHR ethics guidelines for Aboriginal Peoples'. Dr. Helmer was also part of the team of content experts for the development of the CORE tutorial module for Chapter Nine: Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples' of Canada.
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