For the second time in Canada, we mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Today is a day to reflect on the ongoing impact of residential schools on generations of Indigenous peoples. It is a time to honour the children who were forced to attend these church-run and government-funded institutions—those who were lost, and those who survived and made it home—and the families and communities still affected by this lasting trauma.
While today allows us to continue our journey of listening and learning, the work needed to right these wrongs is daily and our commitment is life-long. Systemic inequities against Indigenous peoples in Canada are ongoing and it is up to all of us to do our part to relieve these burdens.
At CPSA, we are committed to our role in the reconciliation process as we build and nurture authentic relationships with Indigenous peoples, listen to their stories, and work towards making our healthcare system more inclusive and culturally safe. It is our collective responsibility, today and every day, to sit with an open heart and mind, learning from the past so we can move towards a more equitable future.
Stacey Strilchuk Dr. Scott McLeod
CPSA Council President CPSA Registrar and CEO