MHA Honours National Indigenous History Month & National Indigenous Peoples Day

As we observe National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day, the Middlesex Hospital Alliance (MHA) stands in solidarity with Indigenous communities across the nation. We recognize and honour the rich history, culture, and contributions of Indigenous Peoples, and acknowledge the profound injustices they have faced in the past and continue to face today.  As a healthcare organization, we have a vital role to play in fostering a culturally safe and inclusive environment for all, including our Indigenous patients, families, and staff. 

“I acknowledge our role in history and the injustices faced by local Indigenous Peoples. We are committed to building a renewed relationship with local Indigenous Peoples and communities,” says Julie McBrien, MHA’s President & CEO. “By listening and learning, we can take meaningful action to support the specific health care needs and improved experiences for Indigenous patients, families, staff/physicians, etc.”  In July, MHA will launch its new Strategic Plan to the public, and this document will make very clear MHA’s intent and commitment to genuine and meaningful engagement with local Indigenous communities.  

This month and every month, MHA is committed to amplifying Indigenous voices and fostering understanding within our hospital community. Let us collectively take this opportunity to learn, engage, and support initiatives that promote reconciliation and healing. To learn more about National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day, please explore the resources below: 

1. Government of Canada Website – features an extensive list of events taking place across the country 

2. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Educational Resources – includes teaching and other educational resources pertaining to the history of the residential school system 

3. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – adopted in September 2007 and outlines “the minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the indigenous peoples of the world.” 

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