National Indigenous Solidarity Day message - 2021
On June 21st as we celebrate National Indigenous Solidarity Day it provides an opportunity to celebrate the unique heritage, cultures and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in Canada. As we acknowledge this important day, we are mindful and grateful for all who supported the achievement of establishing the presence of an Indigenous Health Learning Lodge within the Faculty of Health Sciences.
The establishment of the Learning Lodge is in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action for medical and nursing schools to better educate learners about our shared history regarding the colonizing experience of Indigenous peoples in this Canada. The Learning Lodge endeavors to collaborate with health science educators to prepare learners to become culturally safe health practitioners. This is an important element in the work towards addressing the serious health inequities experienced by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples . We are making significant progress in identifying and implementing the systemic reform needed in health sciences education through our partnerships with Indigenous community partners, faculty, staff and administrators, and Indigenous alumni and students. We are also welcoming and celebrating the recruitment of our Learning Lodge inaugural Executive Director, Alexandra Trottier who will lead the team in this early development phase.
National Indigenous Solidarity Day instills a time of reflection for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada on our shared history and how we can move forward together. We encourage you to participate in one of the many Solidarity Day events to help celebrate this momentous date for Indigenous people in Canada.
Below are links to various virtual events that are taking place.
The Hamilton Regional Indian Centre is hosting a virtual ceremony including a morning smudge and a drum circle.
The Atlohsa Family Healing Services is hosting a 45-minute video celebration event.
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network is hosting an event featuring various Indigenous musical guests,
Kawennanoron Cynthia White, Traditional Healer, Aboriginal Service, CAMH, will guide participants through the teachings of the Sweat Lodge, including the purpose of this sacred ceremony, the work that goes into preparing for a ceremony, and what occurs during a Sweat Lodge.