Ontario Hospitals’ Anti-Racism Initiatives

  • The Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) has a Reconciliation Working Group, which has been recognized as a leading practice by the Health Standards Organization. Click here to view their 2019-2020 report.  In May 2021, CAMH also launched a Truth and Reconciliation Action Plan.  
  • Hamilton Health Sciences supports Indigenous patients and families by offering an Aboriginal Patient Navigator programMakayla's room – a quiet space for patients and families to retreat, reflect, learn about and participate in Aboriginal culture at McMaster Children's Hospital , and by supporting smudging.  
  • In early 2021, Markham Stouffville Hospital launched an equity, diversity and inclusion plan to sustain and advance efforts in fostering an environment of equity and inclusivity.
  • In September 2020, Michael Garron Hospital established a group dedicated to dismantling anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism and other forms of discrimination, known as the Inclusion Alliance. It is made up of staff, physicians, and Foundation members.  
  • The second iteration of The Black Experiences in Healthcare Symposium occurred in January 2020 hosted by Sinai Health System in collaboration with the Black Health Alliance, Health Commons Solutions Lab and support from the Toronto Central LHIN and Mississauga Halton LHIN 
  • St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton's Youth Wellness Centre launched a mental health program for Black youth in the community. 
  • The Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN) committed to taking immediate action to eliminate systemic racism within their institutions. In a joint statement, issued in October 2020, the hospitals acknowledged that anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism towards patients, colleagues and learners occurs in their organizations and highlighted the actions they will take to eradicate it. 
  • Women's College Hospital Foundation hosted a virtual Black Healthcare Summit in October 2020 to explore the key issues contributing to poor health outcomes for Black people in Canada – and particularly Black women. To view a full recording of the Summit click here.  
  • The Centre for Wise Practices in Indigenous Health (CWP-IH) at Women's College Hospital in partnership with the Indigenous Primary Health Care Council (IPHCC), Anishnawbe Health Toronto (AHT), the Indigenous Health Program at University Health Network (UHN) and Shkaabe Makwa (CAMH), established a virtual hub called, Maad'ookiing Mshkiki – Sharing Medicine, which provides culturally relevant and trauma-informed information about COVID-19 vaccinations for First Nations, Inuit and Métis.  

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