Department of Pediatrics and Child Healt shows a large polar bear in the background with 4 stripes of colour, and a smaller bear superimposed in the foreground, also with 4 stripes of colour. The title Department of Pediatrics and Child Health , Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada is placed to the right of the image. The logo represents the Winnipeg Children's Hospital

Indigenous Health

Department of Pediatrics and Child Health Land Acknowledgement

We live and work on the original lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, the homeland of the Métis Nation, and the original lands of the Inuit. We respect the Treaties made on these lands, and we acknowledge that our offices are located on Treaty 1 Territory.

We acknowledge the lasting impacts of colonialism and ongoing systemic racism on Indigenous communities.

We recognize that we all have a responsibility to stand against ongoing injustices. We dedicate ourselves to work towards equity, justice, and reconciliation, guided by the wisdom of our Indigenous community members and colleagues.

Truth and Reconciliation Commision (TRC)

In June 2015, the TRC released a summary report of its findings and “94 Calls to Action” to “redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.” The calls to action were divided into two categories: “Legacy” and “Reconciliation.

The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was passed by the United Nations in 2007. It delineates and defines the individual and collective rights of Indigenous peoples, including their ownership rights to cultural and ceremonial expression, identity, language, employment, health, education, etc.

Team Members

Lead, Indigenous Health: Dr. Melanie Morris (she/elle)

Administrative Lead: Ms. Angie Horrock ([email protected])


University of Manitoba Resources

There are excellent initiatives ongoing at the University of Manitoba and the Rady Faculty of Medicine. Resources are linked below:

Ongomiizwin – Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing officially launched in June of 2017. Ongomiizwin (clearing a path for generations to come) has a permanent place in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, affirming the University of Manitoba’s commitment to building respectful relationships and creating pathways to Indigenous health, healing and achievement.

BRAID Network for Health Educators (Building Relationships for Anti-racist Indigenous Development, contact: [email protected])

The BRAID Anti-racism Self-Guided Walking tour was recently launcher that is inviting educators to look at sites around Winnipeg through an anti-racism lens. The tour guide PDFs are on our library resource page under the heading “Self-Guided Anti-Racism Walking Tour”.

Indigenous Community Healing Space – The ongoing project to build and Indigenous Community Healing Space at the Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg. The project is fundraised through the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

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