Celebrating Indigenous History Month

June is Indigenous History Month, a time to celebrate Indigenous peoples, their rich and diverse cultures, and their many accomplishments and contributions.  It is also a time for us all to reflect on history that includes a multitude of harms and injustices, many which continue today. The roots of these harms are based on colonial attitudes and practices that are deeply embedded within numerous societal structures, including those associated with healthcare. Many of us did not learn about the various forms of oppression towards Indigenous peoples while we were in school, and it is only recently that this is changing and the truth is being re-told and now being heard.  We all have the responsibility to learn more  about the history, to hear and honour the stories, and become better allies.  It is only through knowing the truth that we can work towards ensuring attitudes, beliefs and actions change.