A lack of knowledge of Indigenous Canadian history is common and learning the truth is where we must begin our work if we are to create change. As one of the facilitators pointed out, “without truth, there is no reconciliation”.
“This was a real eye opener for me. The stories broke my heart” says Raj Mann, COBC Board Member. “It reminded me how important it is to question our views, to learn about people’s experiences and how this affects them. It is so important as a healthcare provider to understand a person’s history in order to build better relationships and provide appropriate care.”
“As well as being heartbreaking, the symposium was also inspirational” says COBC Registrar/Executive Director, Lisa Bannerman RCLP. “It helped me realize that as a college, we have started to take appropriate steps and that there are many more to come on this journey towards a culturally safe healthcare system. “
As part of our commitment to Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility, COBC will soon be providing resources and learning opportunities so that you as a Licensed Optician can join us in being an agent of change for the better. Watch this space!