On September 30th Canada celebrated its first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Catholic Health International, the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada and many or our Catholic Health International facilities recognized the day and continue to seek ways to further the goals of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. While the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation has past, we continue to reflect on its importance to the country’s past, present, and future.
As part of Catholic Health International’s ongoing commitment to education we are encouraging our Board of Directors, staff and all associated with our organization to explore University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native Studies Indigenous Canada course. It is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. For more information and to register head to the link below.
As is noted by the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada Statement “the Catholic health care community acknowledges the past and present impacts of colonialism in Canada, and remains committed to building relationships with Indigenous Peoples that contribute to justice, healing, and reconciliation.” Below you will find links to a variety of resources related to work in Canada on Truth and Reconciliation.
Below you will find links to the full Catholic Health Alliance of Canada Statement on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Statement of Apology by the Catholic Bishops of Canada to the Indigenous Peoples of This Land and links to the Reports from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.