The first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation offered us an opportunity to continue our learning and to reflect on how the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health will further contribute to the process of reconciliation. We are grateful to the Indigenous women who have participated in knowledge sharing with us, and in furthering efforts for community-based programming for women, families, and their communities. We remain committed to honouring Indigenous knowledge systems and ways of knowing in our work.

In particular, we will focus on responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ Calls for Justice. This includes Calls to Action #1iv, 19, 22, 33, and 39, and Calls to Justice #1.9, 3.1, 5.24, 7.2, 7.3, 7.6, 11.1 and 12.8. In doing so, we will attend to the gendered aspects of Indigenous women’s health and other intersectional factors such trauma and equity in our research and knowledge exchange. We will consider how the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health can contribute to the process of reconciliation throughout these processes. We recognize the ongoing challenges Indigenous feminists face and we are dedicated to standing in solidarity.

– The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health