Statement on the Missing Children of the Kamloops Indian Residential School


The Board of Directors and staff of the Canadian Medical Foundation was saddened by the news of the 215 children whose remains were discovered at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops, B.C. We mourn the loss with the communities and families affected by both the direct and intergenerational impact of residential schools.

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The discovery of these children should not come as a surprise. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has estimated that more than 150,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit children were placed in residential schools between the 1870s and 1990s and thousands of children died while attending these schools.


The injustice towards the Indigenous peoples of Canada did not end with the closing of the residential schools, it continues today to include the Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, inadequate housing, food insecurity, the lack of access to clean drinking water, and egregious disparities when it comes to access to health care and health outcomes.

As we have entered National Indigenous History Month, we should all take this time not just to educate ourselves, learn about and celebrate the heritage and diversity of the Indigenous peoples of Canada, but to also reflect on how we can advocate for and reconcile with the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada.

The Canadian Medical Foundation is committed to continuing the work of reconciliation and taking action throughout the year by working together with Indigenous partners to address barriers to health equity.

Learn more about the Calls to Action:

Calls to Action

Dr. Cara Bablitz                                                                            Dusanka Pavlica

Palliative Care MD                                                                       President & CEO

Métis advocate for Equitable Health                                      Canadian Medical Foundation

CMF Board of Directors

Guiding Principles


Our guiding principles outline how we work and represent the values by which we abide.


We develop strong and mutually beneficial relationships with our donors and partners.


We work collaboratively in all our dealings to the benefit of all parties.


We strive to be an employer of choice within the charitable sector through excellence in management of our human resources.

Seek to optimize returns on our investments consistent with sound financial management practices.


We strive for excellence, operate with integrity and be accountable for our actions both to our donors and to the public.



This round is currently closed.

Addressing Hygiene Gaps in Syria

As part of a special initiative to help prevent, limit, and stop the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19, the Canadian Medical Foundation (CMF) is looking for partners with short-term projects and initiatives that address infection prevention. In this round the focus will be Syria.

Syria is a country now in its 10th year of conflict, battling sanctions, economic turmoil, widespread instability, and a broken down healthcare system. According to the UNHCR more than 5.5 million refugees have sought shelter in neighbouring countries, while another 6 million internally displaced Syrians and other vulnerable groups remain in Syria. Most of them live in overcrowded camps with limited access to water and proper sanitation, making maintaining good hygiene impossible for most.

CMF will be issuing a limited number of small grants to help groups address gaps in existing projects or fund new initiatives that will help bridge identified gaps that are currently impeding Syrian communities from strengthening their public health and healthcare response to COVID-19 (i.e. hygiene practices).

Project Location:  Syria

Closing date:          This round is currently closed.

Grant size:              The size of grants will vary according to the gap needs of each project but will not exceed $20,000 Canadian per grant, with most approved grants expected to be in the $5,000 – $10,000 range.


  • Proposals must have a lead organization eligible to accept and administer funds.
  • All organizations must be qualified Canadian donnees and be able to provide NGO or Incorporation registration documents.
  • All applications must be able to provide a grant reference for a previous grant led and held by the organization.
  • Organizations must agree to be included in our fundraising campaigns, as ongoing fundraising allows us to continue to provide opportunities for grant making.

To apply you need to:

  • Fill out the Grant application form
  • Include your most recent audited financial statements.
  • Include a project budget.
  • If working in partnership with other implementing groups, please include a letter of support from each institution participating in the project confirming approval for the project to commence.
  • Your application can be accompanied by an optional document of supporting data, no more than 1 page.
  • Email your documents to

You will receive an e-mail confirming that we have received your application.

Criteria for Funding Will Include:

  • Has the applicant clearly explained the unmet need their target group is facing as it relates to infection prevention, and how the project benefit will be realized in these communities?
  • Will the applicant be focusing on the most underserviced or marginalized segments of communities (eg women, children, disabled, the elderly, religious or ethnic minorities, etc)?
  • Will the success of the outcome have an obvious impact on public health or the prevention of disease?
  • Has the applicant clearly explained the level of urgency, and why the activity is important now?
  • Has the applicant clearly explained the reason why it is not possible to resource the work without the grant?
  • Has the applicant clearly explained a plan to achieve project goals and expected outcomes?
  • Does the applicant demonstrate access to relevant expertise, tools, data, and/or infrastructure to complete the project?
  • Does the team have the ability to quickly mobilize necessary resources?
  • Is the amount requested reasonable? Is the proposed budget justified?
  • Is there a high likelihood of success of the proposed project?
  • Has the applicant explained how the project will be implemented under current COVID-19 restrictions (travel, social distancing) and highlighted any requirements for personal protective equipment.

Review Process:

All applications will be reviewed by the Program Development and Projects Committee. The recommendations of this committee will be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval at the December 2020 meeting.

As the amount of funds available for round 2 is limited, the number of eligible applications funded is conditional on the number of applications received and amount requested.

Award Start Date:

Given that this opportunity is for timely proposals, you will receive 75% of the grant amount within three weeks of award notification and signing of the MOU, and the remaining amount after project completion or other agreed upon milestone.

Contacts and guidance:

The decisions of the Committee will not be open to appeal and the funders reserve the right to amend the application process.

For queries relating to the grant and process, please contact

See how your colleagues have made a difference by contributing to the Canadian Medical Foundation (CMF)


Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai

“I challenge my colleagues to join me as a donor to the Canadian Medical Foundation. I give monthly; others give annually. Choose what is best for you, but be sure you give and we can support each other.”

– Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai, Past Chair, CMF

Dr. Maguir

“I grew up in England during the war and the middle class was broke. We got our education with grants, not loans. I don’t know how these young people manage with huge loans.”

Through a bequest in her Will, Dr. Maguire set up a bursary to help medical students today and to support physicians wanting to volunteer overseas—the very first endowed fund at the Canadian Medical Foundation that will grow and pay dividends long after she has gone.

– Dr. Maguire


Dr. Ian Warrack“We are all caring people as physicians, and we should care about each other, as well as caring about our patients and the care we provide”

This is why Dr. Ian Warrack made a pledge to support the Canadian Medical Foundation’s programs.

-Dr. Ian Warrack

Monthly Giving


The Canadian Medical Foundation’s (CMF)’s monthly donors are extremely valuable.  Our monthly donors are the donors who are most like our partners and are often the strongest believers in our Mission and Vision.

Monthly GivingBenefits of monthly giving:

  • Lower administrative costs than other fundraising methods
  • Provides a steady source of income to support our initiatives so we can plan ahead

Benefits to our donors:

  • Monthly giving is easy and convenient!
  • Affordable. Regular donations can be made in affordable, pre-arranged monthly payments
  • Monthly donations save time and postage
  • Monthly donations are flexible – Donors can easily increase, decrease, pause or stop their gift at any time
  • A cumulative tax receipt is issued annually, simplifying your donation records

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For additional information on becoming a Canadian Medical Foundation monthly donor, please contact CMF at 613.518.6010 or