The Faculty of Health Disciplines’ Conciliation Journey

Athabasca University respectfully acknowledges that we are on and work on the traditional lands of the Indigenous Peoples (Inuit, First Nations, Métis) of Canada. We honour the ancestry, heritage and gifts of the Indigenous peoples and give thanks to them.

Health care providers and educators have a key role to play in responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, and in promoting positive relationships among Indigenous people and both the education and health care systems. Indigenous Peoples (Inuit, First Nations, Métis) across North America encompass many distinct nations, each with complexities and rich diversities. Indigenous communities have unique traditions, languages and preferences that should be respected and honoured.

Whether you are a faculty or staff member, student or graduate of Athabasca University’s Faculty of Health Disciplines, you are an important part of a conciliation journey we take together.

This journey is guided by Athabasca University Nukskahtowin, or meeting place (formerly known as Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge & Research), the strategic theme of reciprocity in the 2018 Athabasca University Strategic Plan Imagine: Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities, the Nukskatowin Strategic Plan and the FHD conciliation working group.

The working group was established in January 2017 to respond to the TRC calls to action. The working group aims to integrate Indigenous knowledge, perspectives and teaching methods into FHD programs and courses, and to facilitate Indigenous students’ success. We strive to better understand the truth of Indigenous history, education and health. Central to this understanding is engaging and building relationships with Indigenous Peoples and communities. Cultural responsiveness and being open and respectful of diverse world views (cultural humility) is the essential foundation for building these relationships.

This website chronicles the group’s efforts, and offers resources and insights to assist you in both your own personal conciliation journey and in sharing it with others.