Medical Matters: The ongoing commitment to Truth and Reconciliation – CPSA

October 12, 2023

Throughout September, the CPSA team engaged in various educational and learning opportunities leading up to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30. Team members had a chance to participate in blanket exercises, view and discuss Indigenous films and listen to a meaningful presentation from Dr. Lana Potts, a Blackfoot family physician specializing in First Nations Health. Through these activities, our team members reflected on the depth and breadth of efforts we must make as individuals and as a society to reconcile with the truth of this country’s past and present to build a culturally safe future through reconciliation.

A significant milestone in CPSA’s own reconciliation journey came on Sept. 20, when CPSA Council Chair Stacey Strilchuk and I had the privilege of signing a Memorandum of Understand (MOU) with our partners at Siksika Nation and Siksika Health Services. This MOU demonstrates that CPSA respects the autonomy and self-government of Siksika Nation, and Siksika recognizes CPSA’s regulatory authority over regulated members practising in their community and our role in accrediting medical facilities on Siksika Nation.

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