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Health care must acknowledge Indigenous lands—but that alone is not enough

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  • Raven Sinclair says:

    I appreciate this so much and would like to see more information about the philosophy behind why we identify ourselves in relation to our relationality with others. The way I explain it is that it gives people our lineage connections which provide a wealth of information that is familial and historical. Providing our names, especially if they are spirit names, reveals much about who we are and the path we are on. I very much appreciate that land acknowledgement, from an Indigenous perspective, is about acknowledging that when we go into other territories, we do so with respect and humility, and we take direction from our hosts. Indigenous hosts take that responsibility very seriously which is why we hear people frequently exclaim how well they were treated in xyz territory. The territorial acknowledgement puts us into a position of guest and learner, both of which entail certain ethical and behavioural responsibilities. Many thanks Sheila.

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Sheila Cote-Meek

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Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek is the Associate Vice-President, Academic and Indigenous Programs and Professor in the School of Rural and Northern Health. She is Anishnaabe and has extensive experience working with Indigenous communities regionally as well as nationally.