At the September 2019 meeting, College Council approved the adoption of three opportunities to cultivate Indigenous cultural competency amongst non-Indigenous Council, College staff and registrants:
- Develop a commitment to act. The College will identify ways to address cultural inequities to improve patient outcomes (reflecting the Calls to Action identified in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action) and strive to build relationships with Indigenous communities and others focused on Indigenous health.
- Create a page on the College’s website that will include resources such as a training module on the inclusionary services that the College expects of registrants.
- Begin Council meetings with a land acknowledgement, which will help remind Council members, College staff and registrants that we all have a role in the reconciliation process and to consider this role within our work.
The College’s Indigenous cultural competency and safety commitment has emerged from our growing awareness of the disparities in healthcare and health outcomes for Indigenous people. Our approach to all three of these opportunities will reflect the importance of working in collaboration with Indigenous communities to improve pharmacy care and patient outcomes.
The land acknowledgement was first incorporated that December 2019 Council meeting.
In 2020, the College will take the important first steps towards building better linkages and partnerships with Indigenous communities and their governments in Ontario. We will focus on enhancing awareness among non-Indigenous Council and College staff while sharing information and resources for non-Indigenous pharmacy professionals to support their understanding of the roles they play in helping to support the health and wellbeing of the Indigenous peoples within Ontario.