On the inaugural National Truth and Reconciliation Day being recognized today across Canada, the Primary Care Collaborative values the opportunity and responsibility to acknowledge some of the actions that can help support better understanding of colonization, the trauma of residential schools for Indigenous people and communities, and the ongoing impacts of systemic racism, and the steps to create safer spaces and change for Indigenous health and wellbeing.
The number of unmarked graves uncovered currently stands at more than 1,300 across Canada, with many Indigenous children still to be brought home to their peoples, and with many residential schools still unrecognized by Canada’s leaders, who’ve only focused on the 139 schools funded directly by the federal government.
Letter to Premier Ford, Minister Elliott, re: Directive 6 and implementation of mandatory vaccine policies for team-based primary care
To: Hon. Doug Ford, Premier; Hon. Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier, Minister of Health
Cc: Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ministry of Health; Matthew Anderson, CEO, Ontario Health; Helen Angus, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health (outgoing)
Re: Directive 6 must apply to patient-facing team-based primary care providers during COVID-19
September 3, 2021
Dear Premier and Deputy Premier,
This Canada Day isn’t like any other, and it shouldn’t be. Like many, we feel as if the usual celebrations and recognition of a history from which so many Indigenous people and their lives are erased simply does not make any sense. This is a year and a time for reflection, understanding, and facing hard truths about Canada, its history, and ourselves.
So this year, on July 1, we:
At a time like the present, when we see starkly the trauma and impacts of colonization, of racism and hate, and homophobia, transphobia and biphobia, the Alliance for Healthier Communities stands together with all people who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ in defiance of hate and oppression in all its forms.
TORONTO -- June 25 -- Today we want to share a Factsheet that outlines the coming Black Health Strategy for Ontario, created and advanced by the Black Health Committee. This strategy will be crucial in addressing anti-Black racism and addressing police and other systemic violence as public health issues.
Alliance for Healthier Communities and Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario partner on new project to address loneliness and impact of pandemic measures
Supporting older adults who face health impacts from isolation with connections to social and recreational opportunities
Federal funding for Community Health Centres to increase vaccine confidence and uptake among marginalized individuals and groups across Canada
TORONTO // VANCOUVER – June 10, 2021 – On Tuesday, June 8, the Public Health Agency (PHAC) of Canada announced $2.5 million in funding to boost the work of Community Health Centres (CHCs) in increasing vaccine confidence and uptake across Canada, with special emphasis on the continued roll out of COVID-19 vaccines.
Statement on Islamophobic attack on London family and actions we need to address racism and hate in Canada
We express our sadness, grief and solidarity with the Muslim communities of London, Ontario, and Canada after the white supremacist, Islamophobic-fueled killing of a four family members and the serious injuring of another in London on the evening of June 6. We remember and we grieve Salman Afzaal, Madiha Afzaal, Yumna Afzaal, and Salman's mother. We hold young Fayaz Afzaal in our thoughts and hearts as he is treated for serious injuries from this attack.
Two hundred and fifteen. Two hundred and fifteen lives taken. Not a footnote for Canada’s history books. Not part of a “dark chapter”, as if it were a story told long ago and now just remembered or revealed to the original authors with surprise. No, 215 lives, the lives of children violently ripped from families, from their communities, their cultures, their languages, their lands. Children whose ruptured and denied histories transmitted trauma out for generations of their loved ones.