On June 21, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that National Aboriginal Day will be renamed National Indigenous Peoples Day to better reflect the Indigenous people and culture.
BC Women’s celebrated National Indigenous Peoples Day at the hospital’s dedicated Indigenous Outdoor Sacred Healing Space. The space is a safe place for BC Women’s and BC Children’s patients’ and families to gather to practice their own traditional healings and is an area of refuge for peace and silence.
Musqueum First Nation member Victor Guerin welcomed and blessed staff and community members, as we celebrated this special day. Dr. Dorothy Shaw, VP, medical affairs, reiterated BC Women’s continued commitment to patient care, acknowledging the promise to practice cultural safety and cultural humility. The crowd enjoyed Indigenous songs and drums as we recognized the peoples of our nation.
BC Women’s and BC Children’s Indigenous Health program
provides support to Indigenous patients helping them navigate the health care system and connects patients and families to Indigenous patient liaisons to advocate on their behalf, as well as linking patients to other support services.