The Physicians College of Manitoba apologizes for current and past racism against Indigenous peoplesIt also said that pledging to end racism would not be enough.
“Recognizing racism in itself will neither be spontaneous nor easy. We are committed to working with Indigenous healers, scholars, elders and knowledge bearers, as well as the legal and ethical requirements to provide respect, dignity and equitable health care for Indigenous Will ask and intend to guide you along.”
Four months after the apology, Indigenous leaders and politicians signed a declaration calling for an end to anti-Indigenous racism in northern Manitoba’s health care system.
The College of Practitioners Regulating Manitoba begins work in 2021 to address the call to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The apology is one action the college is taking as a result of those discussions, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs said in a statement released late Tuesday.
“The pow wow is a living cultural expression of song, dance, and art which brings people together, and through the drum, reminds us of our connection to Mother Earth. […] pow wows are a time to put differences aside and to celebrate traditions, mostly it is the time to celebrate life. A pow wow strengthens an entire race of people. To be Anishinabe is to be proud, to know who you are, and where you came from.” – Harold Flett
**2023 marks the eighth year since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released a list of 94 Calls to Action.
Eleven years. That’s how long it took the federal government to agree with 325 First Nations over the collective loss of language and culture suffered by Day Scholars in the Residential School system in Canada that existed between the mid 1800s until 1996.
While Day Scholars settled an individual compensation package for just $10,000 each earlier in 2022, this new agreement is specifically aimed at rectifying the systematic and forced removal of language and culture through these institutions.
Left out of original agreement
In 2012, members of the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc and shíshálh Nation led by Shane Gottfriedson and Garry Feschuk launched a national class-action lawsuit for Day Scholars who were left out of the original Indian Residential School (IRS) Settlement Agreement (2006).