In our commitment to honouring those whose territory we work and reside on, AgeCare will be observing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Thursday, September 30th as a statutory holiday.
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation provides an opportunity for each of us to reflect and recognize the intergenerational harm that residential schools have caused to Indigenous families and communities.
It is vital for all of us to listen to Indigenous voices and stories. We need to learn from our past, even if it is hard to comprehend. We need to be reminded that without truth, there can be no reconciliation.
We are committed to year-round recognition, and you will notice Land Acknowledgements placed near the entrance of all of our communities. This is being done to acknowledge the people whose land we work and live on and remind us of all of the work that still needs to be done as we walk the path of reconciliation.
AgeCare supports the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. As a premier health provider, we are committed to #22 Call to Action, which compels us to recognize the value of Aboriginal healing practices and use them in partnership with Aboriginal healers and Elders in the treatment of Aboriginal patients where requested.
Each community has activities planned to honour The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Thursday. As this is the first year of this important holiday, we welcome suggestions on how to include additional indigenous programming going forward.
May we continue to honour and respect our Indigenous neighbours this day and every day.
Dr. Hasmukh Patel
AgeCare CEO & President
AgeCare communities are located on the traditional and ancestral territory of many peoples. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have lived on and cared for these lands for generations. We make this acknowledgement as an act of reconciliation and gratitude to those whose territory we work and reside on.