September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. On this day, the CPSA team is taking time to learn more about Canada’s tragic history of residential schools, past atrocities and the harms felt by generations of Indigenous families. As Alberta’s medical regulator, CPSA recognizes our role in reconciliation includes understanding the impacts of trauma and ensuring all aspects of a person—including their culture and identity—are considered in providing high-quality health care.
Canada’s healthcare system has played a role in perpetuating systemic racism, which has led to retraumatization. CPSA is committed to taking action to change behaviour—within our organization, and among healthcare providers. To effect meaningful change, we must embrace and advocate for self-determination for Indigenous peoples of Canada, particularly when it comes to health care.
We continue to develop respectful, inclusive relationships with Indigenous partners and health leaders with a goal of improving access to quality, culturally-safe and equitable medical care for Indigenous patients.
The Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FMRAC) has released a statement on Indigenous-specific racism in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. CPSA is a member of FMRAC, and we support this statement.
CPSA acknowledges we are on traditional lands of First Nations and Métis people. Through our work, we strive to respect, honour and celebrate the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada.