Truth and Reconciliation in Medicine: Resources Available

Posted Thursday September 23, 2021

Posted By: Jeffery Satchwill

Category: General

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30th, 2021 marks not only Orange Shirt Day, but Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day is an opportunity to bring awareness to the painful legacy and impacts of the residential school system, which is especially important in light of the discoveries of unmarked grave sites at former residential school locations this year. The day also honours residential school survivors, their families and communities, and is a time to advance reconciliation efforts to build a better future for everyone in our community.

Truth and Reconciliation in Medicine

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada have resources available regarding Indigenous health, culturally safe care, and addressing systemic racism on Indigenous people. 

For individuals looking to learn more about Orange Shirt Day, the history of the event, and Phyllis Webstad’s story of her first day in residential school are useful starting places. While these websites are available only in English, a French summary is available.

Dr. Robin Taylor, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Associate Medical Officer of Health,
Ottawa Public Health

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