Faculty of Medicine
Nathan Banerji-Kearney Memorial Award
The Nathan Banerji-Kearney Memorial Award recognizes a fourth-year, graduating Indigenous student in U of T's MD Program who has demonstrated excellence in working with Indigenous communities.
The endowed award is named in memory of Nathan Banerji-Kearney, the adopted, Inuit son of Dr. Anna Banerji (UofT MD 8T9) and was created by Dr. Banerji and friend Diana Alli (retired Senior Officer, Service Learning, Community Partnerships, Student Life, at the Faculty of Medicine) to recognize Nathan’s life and legacy.
From Dr. Anna Banerji:
"Nathan was the midnight sun to his family and friends. Since arriving in Toronto as an infant, his family cherished him and provided him with opportunities for a full and rich life. Tragically both he and his Arctic-raised brother each took their own lives at the age of 14.
Despite the love and resources given to Nathan, it was not enough to overcome the inter-generational trauma with which he lived.
His and his brother's premature loss are reminders of the challenges and trauma faced by many Indigenous peoples, both in urban and rural settings, as well as the lack of recognition of this trauma by the healthcare system.
To move forward as a society, we need to recognize the legacy of colonization, and work towards remediation and justice. This includes supporting culturally-informed, empathic doctors who work with Indigenous peoples with humility."