OSOT's Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation: Collaborative Steps with Indigenous Occupational Therapists
In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) issued 94 recommendations addressing Canada’s history of residential schools. OSOT, as a member of the Alliance of Canadian Occupational Therapy Professional Associations (ACOTPA) along with representatives from other provincial, territorial, and national occupational therapy organizations have collaborated on a national statement as a commitment to the TRC recommendations. View statement.
The national statement draws upon the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the TRC of Canada Calls to Action, and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Final Report to guide reconciliation efforts. OSOT is pleased to formally commit to the statement. To help us realize our commitment we would like to bring together a group of Indigenous OTs to collaborate with, and work with us, to support action towards truth and reconciliation, as individuals, as OTs and as an association. If you identify as Indigenous or work with those who do, and wish to join the working group, please contact us.