Saturday, September 30th is the third National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and the tenth anniversary of Orange Shirt Day. We recognize the historical and ongoing impacts of colonization on Indigenous peoples, including the legacy of residential schools and the children who never returned home, and honour and celebrate the survivors, their families, and communities. More information on the history, events, and actions that can be taken to eradicate Indigenous-specific racism can be found by visiting the links below.
“22. We call upon those who can effect change within the Canadian health-care system to recognize the value of Aboriginal healing practices and use them in the treatment of Aboriginal patients in collaboration with Aboriginal healers and Elders where requested by Aboriginal patients”i
In 2022, Trans Care BC launched an online course on Indigenous gender diversity for people working in health and social service settings to increase their awareness, knowledge, and skills when improving service access for gender diverse Indigenous people across British Columbia. The course was developed in collaboration with various gender diverse Indigenous, Two-Spirit, and Indigenous community members, and providers, and emphasizes the importance of having Indigenous healing practices available within the Canadian health care system for Indigenous people who would like to access them.
“Develop the needs of Trans/Two-Spirits for culturally specific assessment, treatment, and continued care that integrates Indigenous perspectives.”ii
Resources for learning and taking action: