At Surrey Place, we’re committed to increasing Indigenous inclusivity, indigenizing our practices, and building Indigenous partnerships, to better work with and serve, Indigenous people and communities. We strongly believe in the value of building knowledge and understanding of Indigenous perspectives, worldviews, histories, cultures, and belief systems. It is essential to enabling steps towards true reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
Our agency aims to help people of all ages with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder reach their full potential, but this goal cannot be met without learning how to best support Indigenous clients and families.
As a pillar of commitment in our Strategic Plan, we’re working on this initiative throughout the year. We have been working with an Indigenous Strategic Advisor and we’re proud to have trained more than 460 staff, partners and board members on Indigenous cultural awareness, exploring topics like historical and contemporary urban Indigenous issues and cultural considerations to support broader knowledge of how to be more inclusive and empathetic. We’re creating safe spaces for staff to engage with the Indigenous Strategic Advisor and to ask questions, which includes (but is not limited to) over 20 staff, departmental, and clinical consultations. We’ve also updated our website with a land acknowledgement and a guide on Jordan’s Principle, which is geared towards Indigenous families.
While we’ve come a long way, there’s still work to be done. We look forward to developing in-house Indigenous training modules for staff, building more partnerships with Indigenous service providers, learning how to best support Indigenous clients by setting up Indigenous Family Focus groups, and more.
We will continue to provide ongoing updates to our community as this work progresses and develops.
We also want to hear from you. If you have any feedback you’d like to share with us, please email Melanie Randall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Terri Hewitt, C. Psych.
Chief Executive Officer