On June 20, U of T announced its plan to establish a new institute at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health that will serve as the headquarters for an integrative research program focused on improving Indigenous health. 

The institute was made possible by a $10 million donation from Michael and Amira Dan. It will provide the opportunity for Indigenous representatives, U of T faculty experts, and student researchers to collaborate and find solutions to key issues in Indigenous welfare.

Howard Hu, dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, said, “The creation of this institute will … create new partnerships with Indigenous communities, and markedly strengthen U of T’s ability to generate the community-based research and new scholars critical to improving Indigenous health in Canada and around the world.”

Earlier in June, U of T announced plans to host the 2014 Indigenous Health Conference this November.

With files from U of T News