The Reconciliation Working Group (RWG) is a movement at CAMH contributing to systems change in practices and policies in a framework of cultural safety and anti-Indigenous racism. This 24-member committee is comprised of Indigenous and non-Indigenous service providers, clinicians, and policy makers working at all levels throughout CAMH. The goal is to educate with cultural safety and anti-Indigenous racism as core competency skills in professional practice to better serve the mental health and addiction needs of all clients. The RWG is a response to the Calls to Action (18-24) in the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Its purpose is to determine how CAMH can respond to these health and mental health recommendations, explore how practices and partnerships with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples can be strengthened, and to educate CAMH staff members in all sectors of the organization on how the history of colonialism impacts mental health and addictions today. The RWG will do this by providing educational, social and cultural opportunities to clinical and non-clinical staff. These opportunities foster understanding of the historical and intergenerational impacts of colonization, genocide and the effects of trauma on the well-being of First Nations, Inuit and Métis patients. The work of the RWG advances opportunities for staff to reflect on their individual and organizational attitudes, behaviours, practices, policies and culture and to take action to work towards a CAMH that prioritizes Indigenous cultural safety and allyship.
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