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Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

The Truth and Reconciliation: Call to Action Highlights the Following Health Workforce Related Recommendations:
 
22. We call upon those who can effect change within the Canadian health-care system to recognize the value of Aboriginal healing practices and use them in the treatment of Aboriginal patients in collaboration with Aboriginal healers and Elders where requested by Aboriginal patients. 
 
23. We call upon all levels of government to:
 
i. Increase the number of Aboriginal professionals working in the health-care field. 
 
ii. Ensure the retention of Aboriginal health-care providers in Aboriginal communities.
 
iii. Provide cultural competency training for all healthcare professionals. 
 
 
24. We call upon medical and nursing schools in Canada to require all students to take a course dealing with Aboriginal health issues, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, and Indigenous teachings and practices. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.
 

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