NOT YET A HISTORY
A MESSAGE FROM ISLAND HEALTH CEO
Along with many others, we at the LTCI are deeply saddened and disturbed by the recent discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former residential school site in Kamloops.
In her June 2nd message, Island Health CEO Cathy MacNeil describes the 5 residential school sites that were in the Vancouver Island region, and how this is not yet history—it still relates to the lived experience of Indigenous people today. She reminds those of us working in the health system that it is important to recognize that for Indigenous people accessing healthcare, “it has not been a safe experience. It is an experience layered with the feelings and encounters of discrimination and judgment. Encounters that include discrimination and lack of safety continue to contribute to poor health outcomes today."
As members & staff of a primary health care-focused organization, we are committed to learning more about Indigenous reconciliation and to taking action towards building culturally safe healthcare.
Cathy MacNeil’s message includes a list of resources for support and for taking action. Please read the full message here.
We work, live, and play as visitors on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish and Wakashan peoples, including the Lekwungen (Songhees), Xwsepsum (Esquimalt), WSÁNEĆ (Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum), Pauquachin, Malahat, T’Sou-ke, Scia’new (Beecher Bay), and Pacheedaht First Nations.