The College of Pharmacists of Manitoba office will be closed on September 30, 2021, in observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to reflect on the tragedy and continuing trauma residential schools have caused and to honour the grieving survivors, families and communities across this nation.
The College would like to encourage staff, Council members, pharmacy professionals and other health professionals to spend this day reflecting on the social injustices that exist for Indigenous peoples in healthcare and to set on a path to reach a better understanding of the reasons why these inequalities exist.
College staff are in the process of completing the San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training program as an initial step demonstrating our ongoing commitment and journey to learn how to address the impacts of residential schools and Indigenous-specific racism in Canada.
In addition to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, September 30 is also designated as Orange Shirt Day. The date was chosen because it is the time of year when Indigenous children were taken from their homes and placed into residential schools. We encourage you to wear an orange shirt to support, create awareness, and honour those who lost their lives, the residential school survivors and their families, and to challenge the racism and unethical treatment of Indigenous peoples in healthcare.
Please consider the following resources as a starting point on your path to truth and reconciliation:
- A list of events and programming from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation:
- Watch the Residential Schools in Canada Timeline video to learn about significant dates in the history of residential schools.
- View the list of 48 books by Indigenous writers, curated by David A. Robertson, to read to understand residential schools: https://www.cbc.ca/books/48-books-by-indigenous-writers-to-read-to-understand-residential-schools-1.6056204
- The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a direct response to Call to Action 80, which called for a federal statutory day of commemoration. Review all of the 94 calls to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canda here: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2091412-trc-calls-to-action.html
- Further resources and learning opportunities are available on the government of Canada website: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/national-day-truth-reconciliation.html