National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Resources

September 24, 2021

September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a day to honour survivors of residential schools and to mourn the thousands of children who never returned home.

September 30 is also an occasion for non-Indigenous allies to further educate ourselves about the living legacies of colonialism in Canada. As pharmacy professionals, many of us may wish to reflect on the historic complicity of Canada’s healthcare system, and on the unacceptable inequities in health outcomes that persist today. Well beyond September 30, CSHP will be engaged in conversations about how we can stand with Indigenous members, patients, and colleagues to work towards reconciliation in pharmacy.

To mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we've collected a variety of resources to support your reflections and conversations.


To learn more about the origins of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Reports and learn about Orange Shirt Day.

Learn about “Indian Hospitals," one historical instance of the Canadian healthcare system's complicity in colonial oppression.

For statistics on systemic anti-Indigenous racism in healthcare today, and for recommendations to combat it, read British Columbia's “In Plain Sight” report.

Read a CSHP clinical resource on mercury toxicity and its relationship to environmental health inequities.  

View a recorded talk hosted by CPhA: 
“Indigenous Health and Reconciliation in Pharmacy” by Jaris Swidrovich.  

Watch a webinar on cultural safety and humility from the First Nations Health Authority.