Now is the time for intensive legislative policy and action’: Indigenous women discuss progress on In Plain Sight report – The Ubyssey

The UBC Learning Circle, the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health and the First Nations House of Learning hosted Decolonizing Wellness: Indigenous Women’s Perspective Healthcare on Tuesday.

The all-day event — moderated by Dr. Margaret Moss and Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond — featured Indigenous women elders and chiefs, as well as workers and leaders in healthcare. Hosted virtually at UBC, it took place on the shared traditional homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Discussions on leadership, cultural change and the recognition of systemic disparities were the focal point of the event. In the Responding to Recommendations panel, speakers talked through the recommendations in the In Plain Sight report — a 228-page report by Turpel-Lafond summarizing instances of anti-Indigenous discrimination in the BC healthcare system — to identify existing initiatives, and those that are still needed, to address the health equity barriers for Indigenous women.

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