The ᒪᐢᑲᐧ ᐃᔨᓂᐦᑫᐧᐤ ᐊᐧᐤᑲᒥᐠ Bear Healing Lodge Resource Guide was created in part as a response to the TRC Final Report and Calls to Action, specifically Call to Action #24, which speaks directly to nursing schools, along with Calls to Action #22 and #23, with actions for health-care professionals and health systems.
The knowledge bundles link to resources relating to Indigenous knowledges, colonial legacy and health system inequities, nursing knowledge and practice, and nursing education.
Resources included here do not replace seeking out traditional and spiritual learning or building relationships with Indigenous partners, communities, and knowledge keepers.
We call upon medical and nursing schools in Canada to require all students to take a course dealing with Aboriginal health issues, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, and Indigenous teachings and practices. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.
We call upon those who can effect change within the Canadian health-care system to recognize the value of Aboriginal healing practices and use them in the treatment of Aboriginal patients in collaboration with Aboriginal healers and Elders where requested by Aboriginal patients.
We call upon all levels of government to:
i. Increase the number of Aboriginal professionals working in the health-care field.
ii. Ensure the retention of Aboriginal health-care providers in Aboriginal communities.
iii. Provide cultural competency training for all healthcare professionals.