As rural physicians who provide services across many Indigenous communities, we felt it was imperative to show our support towards helping to address systemic racism and support cultural sensitivity. The SRPC has created an Indigenous Health Webinar Series to help educate our members. We hope that these videos are viewed and shared widely, helping to bring about positive change in our communities.
We ask SRPC members to listen to and learn from Indigenous patients and community members. To help identify injustices and inequities and advocate for change in policies and laws negatively impacting Indigenous patients.
September 30, 2021
As members of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) and its Indigenous Committee, we are profoundly saddened by the discovery of the many unmarked graves containing the remains of Indigenous children at the sites of numerous residential schools across the country. We are reminded that we must all listen and acknowledge the truths of our colonial past and present. The SRPC strongly condemns the systemic racism in policy and decision-making that continues today as a direct result of our country’s colonial history. These policies have caused unquantifiable damage to Indigenous Peoples and continues to reverberate in our day-to-day work as rural and remote physicians. The SRPC believes our duty as healthcare providers is to identify legislation and health policies that lead to racially inequitable outcomes and challenge our current and future governments to move ahead on a path to truth and reconciliation.
Read the full statement : Truth_and_Reconciliation_Statement_FINAL.pdf
The SRPC will record the Indigenous Education Series and make the videos available to everyone for self-guided learning. We recommend that you fill in the Linking Learning Activity through your Mainpro+ portal to get credits.
If you have questions about registering or accessing the video, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
This information was compiled by Dr. Darlene Kitty and Ms. Lisa Abel, Indigenous Program - Faculty of Medicine
Watch all the videos in the series and share them with your peers.
Our third webinar, with Dr. Karen Lawford, PhD, RSC Registered midwife, Anishinaabe midwife Assistant Professor, Department of Gender Studies Queen’s University. Moderated by Dr. Sarah Giles.
Hosted: Monday, September 20th at 8pm EST.
Indigenous Canada is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada.
Indigenous Canada is for students from faculties outside the Faculty of Native Studies with an interest in acquiring a basic familiarity with Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationships.
Registration is now open.