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.
As part of this commitment, we sent a letter to our local Member of Parliament, The Honourable Chrystia Freeland. The letter requested her advocacy and support for the adoption of The Truth and Reconciliation Committee Calls to Action in the area of Health including Calls to Action 18-24 which, recommend the following:
- measurable healthcare goals be set for Aboriginal communities to close the gap around infant mortality, suicide, mental health and addictions, life expectancy, chronic diseases, and injury;
- sustainable funding for Aboriginal healing centres and recognition of traditional healing practices;
- increasing the number of Aboriginal healthcare professionals and improve retention of these individuals in communities;
- mandate education of healthcare professionals to include the topics of Aboriginal healthcare, Indigenous history, and teachings.
By sending this letter, we hope to receive support from our government and the use of their voice to join us in this important work.
Dr. Terri Hewitt, C. Psych.
Chief Executive Officer