On June 21, during this summer solstice, Canada recognizes and commemorates National Indigenous Peoples Day and National Indigenous History Month. Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) does so acknowledging the history, heritage, traditions and experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples within our health region.
Prairie Mountain Health provides health services on the original lands of Treaty 2 & 4, territories of the Dakota people and the Red River Metis. We acknowledge the traditional territories and treaties that confirm recognition and respect for the Indigenous populations – past and present.
Although many celebrations, gatherings and events were on hold for several years due to the pandemic, we are again thankful for the many opportunities in our region to gather again to celebrate the distinct cultures, languages and unique traditions of Indigenous people here in Manitoba and across Canada.
PMH encourages all who deliver health services on the original lands of First Nations people, and on the homeland of Métis citizens to recognize the ongoing obligation to deliver culturally safe care. As an organization, we will continue to embrace the distinct cultural knowledge, practices and traditions of Indigenous Peoples and continued efforts to strengthen relationships with the Indigenous communities and peoples who we serve. We remain committed to continuous learning and improvement--actions that drive us towards a shared goal of more equitable, culturally safe care, where access and quality of services are not dependent on heritage, skin colour or language.
May we continue to learn, understand, and honour the truth and history of the Indigenous peoples in our collective journey towards Truth and Reconciliation.