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The Indigenous Teaching Through Art (ITTA) program was created by McMaster’s Department of Family Medicine, in collaboration with local Indigenous colleagues, to fill a knowledge gap about the history of Indigenous people in Canada.
It is based on peace, friendship and respect which are the values of the Two Row Wampum agreement between the Haudenosaunee people and white settlers which set the stage for an equal and collaborative relationship to be honoured by all those who inhabit Turtle Island.
“The hope is that clinicians and staff equipped with this new knowledge and different way of knowing would be able to provide culturally appropriate care by being aware of and addressing the root causes of inequity,” said Amy Montour, an Indigenous physician and assistant professor with the Department of Family Medicine and one of three founders of the program.