At Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Clinic, we recognize that we operate and provide care on the traditional, ancestorial, and unceded lands of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations. We recognize that this land reflects a complex history that impacts the health and wellness experiences of many Indigenous peoples. We are honored to work, learn, and be active alongside Indigenous patients, athletes, and fellow health professionals. Therefore, we will continue to listen, learn, and act on our role in providing safe and culturally competent care for Indigenous individuals, families, and communities. These actions will be guided by the Call to Actions set forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and other such documents uplifting Indigenous voices.
As health care providers and support staff, we feel it is imperative that we create a culturally safe experience and supportive health care environment for everyone. By respecting cultural and wholistic worldviews of balancing spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical aspects of health and wellness; we recognize our role in supporting the physical aspects of health and wellness with our patients.
Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Physiotherapy has chosen to close our clinics in respect for and observation of the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day. Our clinics will also be providing a donation to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society for the support they provide to survivors and families impacted by the Residential School system.
We see the value of sharing knowledge to support non-Indigenous peoples in educating and self-reflecting upon the historical and ongoing health inequities.
- Reading: Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
- Reading : United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
- Reading: Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
- Free Course: Indigenous Canada – University of Alberta
- Webinar: ICS Indigenous Cultural Safety
- Reading: In Plain Sight Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care
- Reading: Mobilizing Reconciliation: Implications of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report for Physiotherapy in Canada
Please see the following resources created in partnership with Indigenous communities to support access to spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health and wellness in BC:
- First Nations Health Authority – Mental Health Benefit
- Indian Residential School Survivors Society – 24 Hour Crisis Line
- KUU-US Crisis Line Society – 24 Hour Crisis Line
- Métis Nation BC – Mental Health Services
- Aboriginal Patient Navigators (for Healthcare in BC)
- Aboriginal Health – Vancouver Coastal Health Resources
Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Physiotherapy will continue to support Truth and Reconciliation and take actions to provide education for Cultural Safe and Competent care. We are dedicated to working towards learning ways to develop reciprocal relationships to support Indigenous communities, employees, athletes and patients.