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December 2022 Newsletter | Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Welcome the REDI December newsletter
We're excited to bring you the third newsletter from the Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (REDI), and our final send for 2022. Explore upcoming events in the new year, stories, and links for recordings from previous speakers.
From Cultural Genocide to Cultural Safety: Setting Up a New Standard of Healthcare in BC
Join us virtually on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 from 12–3:30 pm. This fifth Indigenous Speaker Series session features a panel that brings together BC healthcare organizations and their senior representatives to discuss the work of cultural safety, cultural humility, and the broader work in regards to the recommendations from In Plain Sight, Truth and Reconciliation, and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act Action Plan. This important and timely dialogue will highlight the work being undertaken across the province in an effort to reconcile and redress the relationship between Indigenous peoples and health care professionals and systems.
IBPOC Voices: A Conversation with Dr. Anita Palepu
Join us virtually on Monday, January 9, 2023 from 12–1 pm for a conversation with Dr. Anita Palepu, a professor and Eric W. Hamber Chair in the Department of Medicine and Providence Health Care.
The IBPOC Voices series centers IBPOC experiences and knowledge, and highlights how they navigate the different challenges and how they engage with equity, diversity and inclusion. It is also a space where guests talk about their vision of an equitable and just environment.
It Starts with Us: Contextualizing and Educating about the Holocaust
Join us on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 from 12–1:30 pm in commemoration of the upcoming International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This event will feature introductory remarks by Executive Director of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (VHEC) Nina Krieger, a historical overview by historian Professor Chris Friedrichs and a keynote address by hidden child Holocaust Survivor Dr. Robert Krell. Following the presentation, an audience Q & A will be facilitated by VHEC’s Program and Development Manager, Dr. Abby Wener Herlin.
The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
On December 6, we commemorated the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. We remember the 14 women who were murdered while attending a mechanical engineering class at the École Polytechnique in Montreal. This crime is recognized today as an act of violence against women consistent with the definition of femicide.
The Missing Billion: Reimagining Health Systems That Expect, Accept and Connect 1 Billion People with Disabilities
The Missing Billion 2022 report shows that people with disabilities experience 2.4-fold higher mortality rates than people without disabilities. "There are more than one billion people with disabilities worldwide. That is 15% of the world’s population. People with disabilities often have greater health needs, but experience more barriers to accessing care because of health systems failures at all levels. As a result, people with disabilities frequently have poorer health outcomes." Read the report and watch the short movie to learn more about how health care systems "must expect, accept, and connect people with disabilities to quality care."
We Are All That Is Possible: Indigenous Principles and Perspectives of Disability & Belonging with Joanne Mills
Watch the recording for a conversation with Joanne Mills. In this fourth session of the Indigenous Speaker Series, we had an opportunity to better inform our sensibilities and perceptions about Indigenous peoples whom are both challenged with, and gifted with, developmental disabilities.
IBPOC Voices: A conversation with Dr. Kiran Veerapen
Watch the recording for a conversation with Dr. Kiran Veerapen. Dr. Veerapen is the Assistant Dean of Faculty Development, and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine. She is committed to remaining responsive to emerging needs in undergraduate and postgraduate education in the Faculty of Medicine.