Our colleague, Ben Geboe, asked us to share the following message with the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences community:


Dear colleagues,

Tragic loss. Please join me in supporting the Raphaël André Tent at Cabot Square, a life line to Indigenous people in need. I am an Indigenous social worker graduating from McGill this week. I feel it’s an honour to do street outreach and TB prevention work with many agencies helping Indigenous people around Montréal. I now work as a post doc at the RI-MUHC and was in the field when I heard of the Indigenous woman [Elisapie Pootoogook] found deceased in the construction site around Cabot Square. The time is now, please support the Native Women’s Shelter which oversees the life protecting tent –  they operate without funding! I gave $1,000. And if you want to join outreach efforts email me and we can connect in helping (ben.geboe@mail.mcgill.ca) Let’s pitch in and fund them now: 

Donations can be accepted on the Native Women’s Shelter of Montréal website.

Thank You,

Ben Geboe


Ben Geboe, LMSW, PhD, is an Indigenous postdoctoral fellow in the Translational Research in Respiratory Diseases Program at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and the 2021-2022 recipient of the Dr. Margaret Becklake Fellowship in Respiratory Research. As a Becklake Fellow, he will be leading work to understand how TB prevention and care can be delivered in a culturally safe framework for urban Indigenous populations in Montreal. He will also be contributing to CIHR-funded work to incorporate Indigenous educational approaches in the development of training programs for tuberculosis for community health workers.

25 November 2021