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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Work to date

Updated: July 2019

Guiding Principles


Partner with Indigenous stakeholders and communities toward development and execution of Indigenous health initiatives at SickKids.

Truth and reconciliation

Interpret work through the historical context of Indigenous peoples (in Canada and at SickKids), consistent with calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee of Canada.

Cultural safety and sensitivity

Learn from Indigenous peoples, be respectful of traditions, use appropriate language, and be open-minded in development work.

Honesty and transparency

Communicate with openness, clarity, and integrity with Indigenous partners, staff, and the public.  

Efficient use of resources

Capitalize on the knowledge of local partners and minimize duplication.


Reconciliation statement

In August 2018 a public statement acknowledging harmful aspects of the hospital’s history with Indigenous peoples was released as a first step on the path of reconciliation.

Indigenous cultural safety training

To date, 93 SickKids employees, including executives, managers, administrators and clinical staff, have completed Indigenous Cultural Safety Training, an eight-week online program administered by Southwest Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC).

KAIROS Blanket Exercise

In March 2018 the leadership team completed the KAIROS Blanket Exercise, a participatory education exercise about the experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada. The hospital is currently exploring options to engage more staff in this exercise.

Land acknowledgment policy

In September 2018, the hospital adopted a land acknowledgment policy. The policy provides guidelines for the where, when, how, and who of how the policy should be used, as well as supporting material to ensure understanding of the history and rationale behind it.

Exploring our physical space

The hospital facility is being explored to identify and remove any art work, books, movies, toys etc. that may be offensive to Indigenous peoples. To date, six wall murals in older parts of the facility have been covered.

Looking Ahead

Future initiatives being explored include but are not limited to: internships for Indigenous students, enhanced Indigenous health-related policies (e.g. traditional ceremonies, traditional healing practices), strengthened linkages with Indigenous services organizations in the community, an Indigenous-friendly ceremonial space, partnerships to share Indigenous support staff with downtown hospitals, and engagement strategies to increase Indigenous youth and staff in the health system.