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Call to Action #18 - Health Care Rights

6 years after its release, I am finally digging into the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action. There are 75 days left in the year and the goal is to read and reflect on at least one call to action daily for the remainder of the year. Thank you for joining me on this journey. May our endeavour together be a catalyst for lasting progress and affect meaningful change in Canada.

The 18th call to action, and first under the heading Health is:

“18. We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial and Aboriginal governments to acknowledge that the current state of Aboriginal health in Canada is a direct result of previous Canadian government policies, including residential schools, and to recognize and implement the health-care rights of Aboriginal people as identified in international law, constitutional law, and under the Treaties.”

Indigenous Watchdog Status Update: Stalled

"This Call to Acton is stalled for two reasons:

  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit have had major issues with the federal government and a majority of provinces (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador) around ongoing systemic racism in health delivery as well as health impacts due to “essential” infrastructure projects being allowed to continue on Indigenous territories during COVID-19

  • “Joyce’s Principle” released after the death of Joyce Echaquan in Québec listed specific recommendations for the federal and Québec governments to eliminate systemic racism in the delivery of health care. The Québec government refused to adopt Joyce’s Principle"

Please consider a donation to the Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op:

"The youth who attend CNYC come from difficult circumstances, often unhealthy and unsafe living conditions, and are faced with ongoing challenges as they transition into adulthood. Without positive family and peer support, they have not been successful in the conventional education system and many have been involved with the criminal justice system. A majority of our participants are youth between the ages of 16-19 and the vast majority of whom are Metis or Indigenous." Donate here:

To learn more:

- Tallis


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