National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Posted Sep 29, 2021

On September 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, our HQCA team (staff, Board, and Patient and Family Advisory Committee members) acknowledges the harmful legacy of colonial policies such as Residential Schools on our First Nations, Métis, and Inuit families and communities. We appreciate that Reconciliation means to “transform Canadian society so that our children and grandchildren can live together in dignity, peace, and prosperity on these lands we now share.”

To actively move toward this, we take accountability for understanding and actively moving forward the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Actions related to health that are within the scope of our legislated mandate. We appreciate that calls to action require just that: action. So, to do this, we strive to look at the calls to action and:

  • Listen to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit families and communities here on our traditional and ancestral territory about their healthcare experiences and ensure their voices are reflected in our work;
  • Support conversations and decisions focused on improving healthcare experiences and outcomes for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit patients and their loved ones with our healthcare partners through our assessment and analytic activities;
  • Speak up and champion changes that would lead to safer and more equitable health experiences and outcomes for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit patients and their loved ones; and,
  • Create opportunities for our team to be continuously learning how to approach these activities with cultural awareness, humility, and responsiveness.

We openly admit we have a lot to learn as an organization. We thank those who share their knowledge, wisdom, and experience so we can do better and do more.