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Honouring National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

“We can work together to build a better, a more fair future for Indigenous peoples and people with SCI. We can be the bridge between communities — each one of us.” – Richard Peter, Indigenous Peoples’ Liaison

September 30, 2022 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.

Indigenous perspectives are critical to Praxis’ mission of improving the quality of life and health outcomes of all individuals living with spinal cord injury (SCI). Praxis leadership and staff will continue to listen, learn, and be engaged in dialogue about how we can address the past and create a more equitable future.

Praxis is committed to responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action by partnering with Indigenous populations to answer important questions from the community. We fund two fellowships in Indigenous Health at the University of Toronto and work to connect the Indigenous SCI community with SCI research through our Indigenous Peoples’ Liaison, Richard Peter.

Praxis also supports learning and innovation with the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology at the University of Waterloo by offering an Indigenous SCI Grant for innovative projects that address the needs of the SCI population.

To learn more about recent work from Praxis and our network of SCI researchers on Indigenous perspectives in spinal cord injury research, see links below:

To learn more about National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, visit the Government of Canada’s website.

September 30 is also Orange Shirt Day, a day commemorating those who survived Indian Residential Schools and remembering those who didn’t. Learn more at

Indigenous Initiatives

Indigenous Canadians experience greater challenges living with spinal cord injury than the rest of the population. Praxis works with Indigenous and research communities to better understand these challenges and collaborate to find solutions.

Indigenous Research

By improving our understanding of how spinal cord injury impacts Indigenous Canadians, we can work together to ensure better outcomes and quality of life.

Meet Richard Peter

Richard Peter is a proud member of the Cowichan Tribes on Vancouver Island. As the Indigenous Peoples’ Liaison, Richard works to enhance collaboration between researchers, healthcare systems, and Indigenous peoples living with SCI to improve the quality of life of people in every community provincially, nationally and globally.