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Call to Action #24 - A Course Dealing with Aboriginal Health Issues - for ALL Canadian Med Students

6 years after its release, I am finally digging into the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action. There are 69 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.

Under the Health category, the 24th Call To Action is:

“24.We call upon medical and nursing schools in Canada to require all students to take a course dealing with Aboriginal health issues, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, and Indigenous teachings and practices. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.”

Indigenous Watchdog Status Update: In Progress

"Oct. 5, 2020 – The Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association (CINA) and Canadian Nurses Association have emphasized the need for a “mandatory” cultural competency and humility training program for health-care professions after the dearth of Joyce Echaquan, a 37-year-old woman from the Atikamekw community of Manawan, Que.

Association of Faculties of Medicine is committed “to addressing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and putting the education and training about Indigenous persons’ health needs in Canada front and center. The AFMC Board of Directors has established an ad hoc Committee on Indigenous Health, which will advise the Board on strategic issues and it has also set up a new Network on Indigenous Health. The Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing have made “Reconciliation” commitments and member institutes have initiated programs."

Please consider a donation to the Saskatoon Aboriginal Community Action Plan (SACAP)

"The Saskatoon Aboriginal Community Action Plan (SACAP) is a community-based partnership comprised of local agencies and businesses committed to improving the lives of Aboriginal citizens of Saskatoon and the greater Saskatoon community." To learn more: Donate here:

- Tallis


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