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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, 2021 marks the first 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.
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:
- Juutilainen, S, Jeffrey, M, Stewart, S. Methodology Matters: Designing a Pilot Study Guided by Indigenous Epistemologies. Hum. Biol., 2019;91(3):141-151. doi: 10.13110/humanbiology.91.3.0
- Ahmed SU, Humphreys, S, Rivers, C, Jeffrey, M, Fourney, DR. Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries Among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Populations of Saskatchewan: A Prospective Outcomes Study. Can J Surg 2020;63(3):E315-E320. doi: 10.1503/cjs.012819.
- Jeffrey, M and Juutilainen, S. tSCI and Indigenous Populations: Using an Indigenous Lens to Establish Meaningful Data [Webinar]. Vancouver, BC: Praxis Spinal Cord Institute; February 24, 2020.
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 www.orangeshirtday.org.