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Faculty of Health Sciences Indigenization Committee

The committee will enable faculty, students, and staff in the Faculty of Health Sciences to engage in decolonization and indigenization.

We acknowledge with gratitude and respect that we work, learn, and teach on the ancestral and traditional land of the Stó:lō People.

The disturbing announcement of the discovery by Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc First Nation people of 215 children buried on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School last week is tragic, heart-wrenching, and grievous news. We express empathy and heartfelt compassion to the families, communities, survivors, and all Indigenous peoples who mourn their death. These children were stolen from their families and communities by the Federal government and churches, and never accounted for.

June is National Indigenous History month. This is an opportunity for all of us to listen to stories from Indigenous people and open our hearts and minds to learning more about the living histories of Indigenous people across Turtle Island.

What our committee is doing:

  • We have finalized the Response to In Plain Sight and are compiling an action plan
  • We have written to relevant Members of Parliament demanding action. Read letter.

What can we all do?

Additional learning opportunities during National Indigenous History Month

Relevant UFV Programs and Services:

Indigenous Student Centre

Indigenous Studies


At this time, we draw your attention to the In Plain Sight reports on Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care:

We, as members of the Faculty of Health Sciences Indigenization committee, acknowledge the assiduous work of Dr. Turpel-Lafond in listening to the deplorable, and painful experiences and truths of Indigenous people. As educators we recognize the truths told and clearly identify our collective and individual responsibilities in actualizing changes to the way we educate our students who will likely be a part of the BC health care system.

The ways in which we are committed to this change can be seen in our Response to In Plain Sight Report March 2021.


We also encourage you to review the following resources:


Current Committee Membership:

Lauren Couture (co-chair) – Associate Professor, Kinesiology

Kate McCulloch (co-chair) – Associate Professor, BSN Nursing Program


Lorna Andrews - Teaching and Learning Specialist, Indigenization

Debbie Jobb - Assistant Professor, Practical Nursing Program

Brian Justin - Lab Faculty, Kinesiology

Corina Rochon – Assistant Professor, BSN Nursing Program

Erin Sawatzky - Assistant Professor, Certified Dental Assistant Program

Susan Stoneson  - Assistant Professor, BSN Nursing Program

Tsandlia Van Ry - Aboriginal Enhancement Teacher – Chilliwack School District, UFV Alumna

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