The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba began its journey towards what we are calling ReconciliACTION in 2019, when we reached out to Indigenous community members to listen and learn how we can best support them, their kids and their families in hospital. Since then, we have made significant progress, and also recognize there is more we can learn and do.

Working together in ReconciliACTION

Indigenous Advisory Circle Chair, Rebecca Chartrand, with the Spirit Horse Drum Group at the Foundation’s Better Futures launch event
Knowledge Keeper, Robert Maytwayashing, and drummer, Jedediyah Swampy, at the dedication of the new Travis Price Children’s Heart Centre
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Acting Grand Chief, Cornell McLean, offers a meaningful gift for the new outdoor play space at HSC Winnipeg

Indigenous Advisory Circle

In 2019, Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba created the Indigenous Advisory Circle. This group of leaders from First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities across Manitoba generously share their wisdom and counsel with the Foundation, as it supports culturally safe programming, resources and spaces in the hospital.

The Foundation’s Indigenous Advisory Circle has been involved in projects like the Spirit Bear Mask partnership with Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) and the creation of an Indigenous Community Healing Space at HSC Children’s Hospital.

Indigenous Advisory Circle members:

Land Acknowledgment

For thousands of years, tiny feet have walked, run, jumped and played on these lands.

Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba acknowledges that the land upon which we are privileged to gather, work, and care for each other is located on Treaty 1 territory, the ancestral homelands of the Anishinaabeg (Ojibway), Ininiwak (Cree), Anishiniwak (Oji-Cree), Dakota Oyate (Dakota) and Denesuline (Dene) peoples, and the birthplace and homeland of the Métis Nation. Inuit from ancestral northern territories also make their home here. We are proud to also serve children and families from Treaty 2, 3, 4, 5 and Robinson-Superior Treaty territories.

Every child deserves a life of health, dignity, kindness, and joy. We are sorry for the harms of the past and promise to do better and to do what is right. In the spirit and intent of the treaties, we promise to listen and learn, and to share what we have to serve children and families who need help, in harmony with and respect for each other and the land.

As a champion of children’s health and wellbeing, we will honour the tiny feet of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, as we walk together with First Nations, Métis and Inuit on a path of reconciliation and healing.

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