Concerned about the epidemic of gun violence in Canada and the added risks created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns (CDPG) planned a 2nd National Day of Action on October 20th 2020. The centerpiece of the virtual event was this one-hour video featuring the latest Canadian and international research on gun violence prevention, powerful stories from survivors and families of victims along with health workers on the frontlines treating the injured, and inspiring calls to implement detailed policy proposals.
Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns announce new 4-year scholarship opportunity with mentorship for a young person affected by gun violence
Announcement part of National Day of Action call for federal government to invest in social determinants and implement a national ban on handguns
Toronto, October 20, 2020 – Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns (CDPG) announced a new scholarship for a young person affected by gun violence as part of its National Day of Action today. The 4-year scholarship provides $2,000 per year plus access to mentorship from some of the physicians, academics, and advocates with CDPG. The scholarship will be provided to a student of planning to attend a Canadian post-secondary institution in the fall of 2021.
“Offering opportunities for youth is a necessity to building a safe and just society,” said Dr. Najma Ahmed, trauma surgeon and co-founder, CDPG. We are proud to be presenting this scholarship, as well as a renewed advocacy push for governments to address social determinants that put young people at greater risk of gun violence.