Foundation commits to ReconciliACTION

Treaty One Land (August 20, 2021) –The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba is committed to ReconciliACTION in child health, through the creation and work of an Indigenous Advisory Circle (IAC) to the Foundation.

The legacy of residential schools profoundly affects Indigenous Peoples in all spaces, including health care. In Manitoba Indigenous children are three to five times more likely to be affected by several diseases/conditions that require long-term care, which often means visiting HSC Winnipeg Children’s Hospital for years.

Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba is deeply committed to taking meaningful steps towards reconciliation and responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, specifically TRC Call to Action #22:

We call upon those who can effect change within the Canadian health-care system to recognize the value of Aboriginal healing practices and use them in the treatment of Aboriginal patients in collaboration with Aboriginal healers and Elders where requested by Aboriginal patients.

As part of that journey, in 2019 the Foundation created the IAC.

“Reconciliation is very close to our hearts as an organization and we wanted to make sure every action we take is directly informed by Indigenous community members,” says Stefano Grande, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital Foundation.

The Foundation reached out to Indigenous leaders to learn the best approach for engaging the Indigenous community and supporting reconciliation efforts, which led to recruiting the Foundation’s first Indigenous Board member, Rebecca Chartrand.

Ms. Chartrand went on to lead and help form the IAC to the Children’s Hospital Foundation, a group of leaders from First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities across Manitoba who generously share their wisdom and counsel with the Foundation as it supports culturally safe programming, resources and spaces in the hospital.

“It’s very important to have our Elders and leaders involved in informing meaningful change for Indigenous youth,” says Ms. Chartrand, chairperson of the Indigenous Advisory Circle. “I deeply appreciate the Foundation’s commitment to reconciliation and taking action to support child health.”

In two years the IAC and Foundation have already made many meaningful moves forward, including:

“We’re grateful to the IAC for providing information and advice within an Indigenous perspective and worldview,” says Zoë Richardson, chair of the Foundation board. “This helps the Foundation to build deep, meaningful and collaborative relationships to improve the health of children at HSC Children’s through engagement and fundraising.”

Celebrating 50 years of community impact (1971-2021)

Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba is dedicated to ensuring that every child treated at HSC Winnipeg Children’s Hospital has the best care and experience possible.

Since 1971, with incredible donor support, the Foundation has raised more than $150 million to help sick and injured children from Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario, and Nunavut. Funds support important programs that bring comfort to sick children, life-saving equipment, and health research to improve the lives of children everywhere. Let’s make anything possible. Learn about your impact at

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