Wednesday, August 4, 2021

94 Quilt Blocks 22 - 28

I acknowledge that I am living on unceded territory of Anishinaabeg (Source: Canadian Encyclopedia) on the shore of erielhonan, (Iroquoian word meaning 'long tail') now called Lake Erie.

The post that explains my 94Quilt project is here.  Since July 1 I've been making a flying geese block a day as I read one of the 94 Calls to Action, its accompanying explanations and progress report, and links that go with each one.

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is the main website with a wealth of information.
Beyond 94 is the CBC-created site that is an ongoing report card monitoring how we are doing with the calls.

To finish off Health
22. Recognize the value of Aboriginal healing practices and use them in the treatment of Aboriginal patients.
In progress.
In June of this year, the Canadian Nurses Association released a Declaration Against Anti-Indigenous Racism in Nursing and Health Care.
Also of note is that the first National Summit on Racism in Nursing and Health Care will take place in November 2021. More details are on the Beyond 94 site.

23. Increase the number of Aboriginal professionals working in the health care field.
In progress. Projects proposed.

24. Require all medical and nursing students to take a course dealing with Aboriginal health issues.
In progress. Projects proposed.
Several medical and nursing schools across Canada off courses on Indigenous health issues but not all are mandatory.
This ends the Health section, so I made another orange heart.


25. Reaffirm the independence of the RCMP to investigate crimes in which the government has its own interest as a potential or real party in civil litigation.
In progress. Project proposed.

26. Review and amend statutes of limitations.
This is in regards to defending legal actions of historical abuse brought by Aboriginal people. "Please note this section is about civil litigation; there is no time limit in Canada for filing a criminal complaint for sexual assault." Beyond 94
Not started.

At this point I had enough blocks to make a column of geese. This will make the quilt very random as opposed to doing all Dutchman's Puzzle blocks. Here then are the first three columns:
There's my Temperature Quilt peeking in! You'll have to check my Instagram for the full photo of the first seven months.

27. Ensure lawyers receive appropriate cultural competency training.
In progress. Projects proposed.
Each province and territory has its own charter, so this becomes difficult, if not impossible to implement at the federal level. The Law Society of British Columbia moved to require Indigenous cultural competency training for all practising lawyers within the province.

28.  Require all law students to take a course in Aboriginal people and the law.
In progress. Projects proposed.
"Most Canadian law schools offer units on Indigenous rights, Indigenous law, and Indigenous-Crown relations, but man are not mandatory." Three law schools do offer a mandatory Indigenous law course: Lakehead University, the University of Windsor, and the University of British Columbia.

Sites, Articles, Books of Interest
  • This article has some really good advice on what a white, privileged Canadian can DO to become a good ally, and how you can apply this to your practical everyday life.
  • I love what two-spirit Anishinaabe community advocate Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie says, "Hey, we need to see your hand in order to shake it."

Sadly, I am not allowing comments on these posts, although I welcome any via email (ephdra at gmail dot com), due to the crazy amount of spam I got on the last post.

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