Dear Department of Medicine members,

Alberta Health Services is hosting a series of sessions and celebrations throughout the month of June in recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day. The details of the care interactions that occurred in Joyce Echaquan’s death shared during the recent legal proceedings and the discovery of the burial site of 215 children at the Kamloops Indian Reservation School site make your participation in these events more important than ever.

Racism in healthcare and the atrocities that occurred at residential schools in Canada have been known about and discussed for years, and steps forward listed in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 2015 Calls to Action. Your support of these AHS activities is an important step forward in gaining knowledge and understanding, and we hope inspire your actions going forward.

Please refer to 2021 National Indigenous Peoples Celebrations web page for a list of what is happening for the month of June.

Dr. Cheryl Barnabe
Vice-Chair, Indigenous Health, Department of Medicine, University of Calgary
Canada Research Chair, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Autoimmune Diseases
Associate Professor, Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences
Dr. Jayna M. Holroyd-Leduc, MD FRCPC
Professor and Head, Department of Medicine Clinical Department Head, AHS Calgary Zone
Brenda Strafford Foundation Chair in Geriatric Medicine