What a beautiful and sunny day on Indigenous Peoples Day!

Today, we take time to reflect on the lands we occupy, and at the PABC offices, we are deeply grateful to work on the ancient, ancestral, and stolen territories of the Coast Salish Peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Indigenous Peoples Day is a time for curiosity and action as we honour the history, culture, and resilience of Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island. It is a day for reflection, learning, and taking action to walk the path to reconciliation and understanding. If you would like to learn more check out these resources to further explore how you can walk the path of reconciliation with our Indigenous partners. 

We are excited to announce several new initiatives here at PABC:

  • On Monday, June 24th, we will meet with UBC and our Indigenous Knowledge Keeper, Tania Dick, to discuss collaborative efforts to advance Cultural Awareness, Humility, and Understanding. Tania Dick, a respected member of the Dzawada’enuxw First Nation and brings invaluable insight and leadership to our discussions.
  • In the Fall, we are planning a summit that aims to educate our physiotherapy community about Indigenous health and explore ways to provide better education.
  • We are excited to confirm that the next project for our Knowledge Brokers will directly support Indigenous Communities. We will share more details about this exciting initiative in the future.
  • We will also be planning a tour in August to the North including Haidi Gwaii! We will have Town Halls in local communities to connect directly with PABC members there to get to know them and hear their stories. If you would like us to visit your area, please reach out to info@bcphysio.org 

Let’s start a conversation about our awareness of the Indigenous land that we occupy. You can find out more about the Indigenous history of your area by using the Native Land website or app: https://native-land.ca/

Let us know in the comments what land you’re on and what you’re doing to celebrate and learn on Indigenous Peoples Day 2024.