National Indigenous Peoples Day: Resources for Pharmacy Professionals

June 21, 2024
In recognition of National Indigenous History Month throughout June and in commemoration of National Indigenous Peoples Day today, we are excited to share a wealth of resources tailored for pharmacy professionals.  
This initiative is presented in conjunction with the Indigenous Pharmacy Professionals of Canada (IPPC) and CSHP's National Indigenous Peoples Day presentation on Truth and Reconciliation in Hospital Pharmacy.  
CSHP aims to provide everyone with essential tools and information to deepen their understanding of Indigenous health and empower them with the knowledge to actively combat anti-Indigenous racism in pharmacy and healthcare settings. 


Indigenous Pharmacy Professionals of Canada website 
IPPC recently launched their own website which is full of information about the work that the organization does, assorted opportunities for Indigenous pharmacy professionals and members, information on upcoming events, and more! 

National Indigenous Peoples Day presentation on Truth and Reconciliation in Hospital Pharmacy
On June 21, Amy Lamb, Executive Director of IPPC, delivered a pre-recorded session discussing healthcare biases, culturally safe care, and Indigenous health research. The event was hosted live by CSHP Past President Sean Spina, and Kirsten Fox who are both founding members of the IPPC Board. Watch the presentation below!

Multilateral efforts for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (2023)
In observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Indigenous Pharmacy Professionals of Canada (IPPC), CAPSI, CPhA, and CSHP pledged to address and prevent inequities faced by Indigenous patients. As a community we supported Indigenous led, culturally safe practices through a social media campaign based on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's health Calls to Action, urging recognition, funding, and goal setting. Click here to read these posts and learn more about how you can help fulfill these calls to action! 

Movement Forward with Truth and Reconciliation within Hospital Pharmacy 
As part of our 2023 Hospital News special section, Amber Ruben from Indigenous Pharmacy Professionals of Canada authored an article that provides crucial insight from an Indigenous pharmacy professional and provides ways that allies can help move pharmacy towards Truth and Reconciliation.   
Resource spotlight: Indigenous History Month (2022) 
This Resource Spotlight offers materials to aid pharmacy professionals in enhancing their cultural competency and clinical expertise regarding the unique health needs of Indigenous patients. 

Standing Against Injustice and Working Towards Reconciliation in Health Care
As part of an executive commentary in CJHP, the 2021 CSHP Executive reasserted their commitment to addressing systemic racism in healthcare, particularly against Indigenous peoples, and outlined the steps members can take to create inclusive, equitable environments, including anti-racism training and advocacy for Indigenous cultural safety. 

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Resources (2021)
Emphasizing the importance of recognizing and reflecting on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation every September 30, this piece urges pharmacy professionals to reflect on colonialism's impact and healthcare inequities, and to engage with resources for ongoing reconciliation efforts. 

Centering Indigenous voices in CSHP's advocacy work 
This call to action from CSHP underscores its commitment to dismantling systemic injustice in healthcare, emphasizing the need to centre and amplify the voices and leadership of Indigenous members. 

Indigenous Health and Reconciliation in Pharmacy 
In 2019, Dr. Jaris Swidrovich led a comprehensive webinar exploring various Indigenous communities, detailing past and present government policies affecting Indigenous health, and discussing prevalent health challenges within these communities. The session also included practical examples of cultural safety and a summary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, with suggestions for how pharmacy professionals can respond to the TRC Calls to Action.