Honouring Truth and Reconciliation

Treaty One Territory, MB (September 29, 2021) – On Thursday, September 30, 2021, we invite you to join us in observing Canada’s new, historic National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The Foundation’s offices will be closed as we take the opportunity to continue to reflect on the role we can play in supporting culturally safe, welcoming and healing environments for all Indigenous children and their families. Because every child deserves the very best care possible.

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, but continue to have much more to learn and to do.

“[The Indigenous Community Healing Space] sends a very powerful signal of corrective change to honour all the little feet that have walked these lands for thousands of years.”  – Dr. Mélanie Morris, physician lead, Indigenous Health, HSC Winnipeg Children’s Hospital

Dr. Morris’s words illustrate the tremendous responsibility we have to not only honour those tiny feet, but to walk alongside them, in humility and in the spirit of reconciliation.

To date, the Foundation’s work towards reconciliACTION and this responsibility includes:

The Foundation will continue to advance our work towards reconciliACTION under the guidance and direction of the IAC, to honour all the little feet that have walked these lands for thousands of years.

Let’s make anything possible.


Stefano Grande, president and CEO

Zoë Richardson, chair

Rebecca Chartrand, chair, Indigenous Advisory Circle

Dr. Patricia Birk, provincial specialty lead, pediatrics and child health, Shared Health; medical director, HSC Children’s; department head, pediatrics and child health, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

Dr. Terry Klassen, CEO and scientific director, Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba

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