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Focus on representation and safety at second Indigenous Peoples Advisory Council meeting

As the new Civic development project continues, TOH will work closely with the Indigenous Peoples Advisory Circle, representing First Nations, Métis and Inuit leaders and advisors, to provide guidance on creating spaces that are safe and respectful for people of all cultures, at its new campus, as well as its existing facilities.  

The circle held its second meeting in late October 2021, which focused on ideas and recommendations for creating an inclusive and culturally safe environment.  

The group discussed ideas for increasing Indigenous representation and staff recruitment across all TOH campuses, the benefits of Indigenized spaces inside and outside the hospital for all patients, and creating a focus on wellness.  

At an event earlier this year, Marion Crowe, a proud member of the Piapot First Nation in Saskatchewan and the first Indigenous person to be appointed to TOH’s Board of Governors said, “Imagine a hospital that reflects the contributions, values and beliefs of first peoples, where patients can enhance their care with traditional medicines and practices. We have an opportunity to weave the unique and diverse needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities into the planning and construction of the new hospital development.”