BCAHL’s statement on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Truth and reconciliation are written on a background of red-orange.

BC Alliance for Healthy Living stands with Indigenous partners and communities in the journey towards reconciliation.

On September 30, we reflect on the efforts that have been made towards reconciliation and let that fuel our work moving forward.

As an organization focused on disease prevention and health promotion, we understand that the colonization of Indigenous peoples is a contributor to the gap in health outcomes between non-Indigenous and Indigenous peoples.

BCAHL has always been and will remain committed to health equity: we believe everyone should have access to programs and resources that support health and well-being. While we have made some progress, we believe that there is still much work to be done. As such, we remain committed to the Calls to Action that came out of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s investigation.

As Canadians, we all have a role to play in working towards reconciliation and we encourage everyone to read the Calls to Action, reflect on them and see how you can contribute towards this healing work within your own circles.

We also encourage you to explore the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation‘s website for more learning and teaching resources on the harms of residential schools and ongoing barriers that Indigenous peoples face, and other ways you can contribute towards healing.

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