We grieve over the  discovery of the remains of 215 children on the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. Although we feel rage, sadness, and - those of us who benefit from colonialism - guilt, we don't feel surprise.  The trauma of the genocide inflicted on the people of Turtle Island by European imperialists continues today.  It is not enough to lower flags, or place shoes or teddy bears in memorial. As healthcare providers, we have a responsibility to directly advocate for determinants of individual and community health. This includes learning from Indigenous knowledge systems and advocating for reparations. 

As naturopathic doctors, we have an imperative to ensure our services are accessible to the original stewards of the land on which we work. As a profession who benefits from Indigenous knowledge systems, we have a deep debt to pay, which can start with meaningfully integrating Indigenous ways of knowing into our training, and appropriately honouring  the origins of the medicines we use. As advocates of treating the whole, we must also advocate for urgent action on the part of the Canadian government on all of the TRC calls to action.

There are two parts to this action:

1. A petition to CCNM and the AANMC to appropriately integrate Indigenous knowledge into the naturopathic curriculum.

(Stay tuned; let us know if you would like to help craft this)

2. Resources to hold a community action in your political riding to build advocacy for the wellbeing of the Indigenous people of Turtle Island. We hope that the package will make it easy for NDs to implement immediately in their communities,

in time for a collective action on "Canada Day."