This month, we are celebrating our first Indigenous Inclusion Month at Niagara Health.
As part of our journey to promote a respectful, diverse and inclusive workplace, we have dedicated this month to learning about the experiences, rich traditions and teachings of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
As we celebrate Indigenous Inclusion Month, we are focusing on education for our staff, physicians and volunteers, as well as recognizing the challenges that Indigenous communities have faced throughout history and continue to face today so that we can continue to act and support in meaningful ways.
Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee has planned a variety of learning opportunities and activities throughout the month, including:
- September 8: Drumming Circles across multiple sites
- September 9: Racism, Reconciliation and Indigenous Cultural Safety webinar
- September 9: 'What is the Truth and Reconciliation Commission?'
- September 14: '8 Things You Need to Know' – Fact Sheet about Indigenous Canada
- September 15: Indigenous Canada Course presented by the University of Alberta
- September 22: Digital screening of Indigenous Perspectives docuseries on Zoom
- September 27: 'What is Orange Shirt Day?'
- September 30: Observing Orange Shirt day, as well as National Day of Truth and Reconciliation