Sept. 29, 2023
September 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, is a solemn reminder of the painful legacy of Residential schools and the ongoing journey toward healing and understanding. To honour and understand truth and reconciliation, it is important to acknowledge the injustices faced by Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island, otherwise known as Canada.
Residential schools across Turtle Island were established to assimilate Indigenous children which had a profound impact on survivors and their families and often resulted in intergenerational trauma.
Inclusivity is important not only in our organization, but also in the care our registrants provide. The College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA) encourages registrants and the public to take the opportunity to fully understand Indigenous cultural and historical significance, especially on this day.
The College remains steadfast in our commitment to improve the health and well being of Indigenous Peoples, driven by our dedication to further our understanding of Indigenous culture and history. Together, we aspire to play a meaningful role in contributing to a better future founded on unity and respect.
As a part of our commitment to support the delivery of culturally safe care, registrants and College employees have access to a course, Stronger Together: Learning Through Indigenous Perspectives. This course focuses on increasing knowledge of Indigenous people and promotes nursing care that is compassionate and trauma-informed and was developed in collaboration with Indigenous and non-Indigenous people throughout Alberta.
A crucial component of reconciliation is education and awareness. There are many resources available to learn about, participate in and commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is hosting a series of free virtual sessions for the public between Sept. 25-Sept. 30, 2023 to honour Truth and Reconciliation Week. More information about the virtual sessions can be found on their website. Additional ways to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation can be found on the Government of Canada's website.
Mental health supports are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for Indigenous Peoples across Canada through The Hope for Wellness Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or through their online chat.