Healthy Peoples, Healthy Communities
BCACHC is reflecting today on the colonial reality in which we fight to improve health and wellbeing for all. The legacy of trauma and harm caused by colonization is well-documented, and on this first annual Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada, we join partners and communities in calling for systemic change. There are many excellent resources out there about the origins of this day of recognition, and we encourage you to read about Phyllis (Jack) Webstad and her experience on the first day at a Residential School. These "schools" were places of shame and abuse for countless children, and Phyllis' story is a reminder of deep, widespread impacts on survivors and their families.
It is up to each of us to work for justice in the spaces of influence we occupy.