Indigenous Health

Taking personal actions towards truth and reconciliation

August 9 is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Although this is one day marked in our calendars, it is important to celebrate the history and resiliency of Indigenous Peoples 365 days of the year.

Together, we are learning. We continue to grow our commitment and understanding of the process of Truth and Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples — specifically, our collective work towards Indigenous cultural safety and the practice of cultural humility.

As Canadians, it is our personal responsibility to read and learn about historical, current, and ongoing colonization of Indigenous Peoples in Canada — an opportunity to practice cultural humility and take a personal action towards reconciliation. It is also our responsibility to be educated on the inequities – in health, economic, education, child welfare and justice – that Indigenous Peoples experience as a direct result of colonization.

By doing this, we can take action to become better allies, support Indigenous Peoples, and work to dismantle systems that perpetuate institutional anti-Indigenous racism, discrimination and stigma. It is taking personal responsibility, being open to change and humble in our learning, and doing the work – that is most important.

This Sunday, on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (August 9), we encourage you to take a personal action towards reconciliation and acknowledge the voice and resiliency of Indigenous Peoples. Here are a few ideas from CBC Canada to help you get started:

1. Pick up a book

Take the opportunity to practice cultural humility and educate oneself about the Canadian context, i.e., the Indian Act, Residential Schools, ’60s Scoop, Millennial Scoop, and the national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). Here are a few suggestions of books:

Books for adults:

Books to read with your kids:

2. Support emerging Indigenous artists 

Here in British Columbia, we have many talented and creative Indigenous artists who are creating beautiful pieces of art.

Here are a few artists to check out:

3. Watch a film and/or documentary

4. Listen to a podcast on Indigenous issues

5. Most importantly, work towards meaningful allyship

Listen. Read. Reflect. Ask questions. Have those difficult conversations with friends and family.

On International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples – and every day – our commitment to reconciliation and our daily practice of cultural humility to ensure Indigenous cultural safety at Providence Health Care is part of the mission-driven commitment towards social justice and serving the most vulnerable with compassion, dignity and respect. To learn more about Providence’s Commitment to Cultural Safety, see the Declaration here.

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