Reconciliation Policy

April 2024

Bruce House acknowledges that we live and work on the unceded, unsurrendered territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation.

Background

Poor health outcomes among Indigenous peoples—including high rates of HIV—are rooted in colonization, the legacy of residential schools and the racism that continues to this day.

The well-being of our clients is paramount—we cannot ensure that well-being without understanding the historical and current contexts of people living with the memory of seeing children taken from homes, the pain of missing girls and women, the loss of language and culture and basic human dignity. This grief, pain, loss, and trauma is the past on which their present has been built.

As service providers and as individuals we at Bruce House recognize our role in Reconciliation, and our responsibility to our Indigenous clients to address historical wrongs and systemic issues. We will continue to challenge ourselves to learn, adapt, and grow.

 

Our Commitment

  • To continuously educate our staff and volunteers, to question our practices and biases, and to learn.
  • To recognise the unique experiences and needs of Indigenous people living with HIV.
  • To reflect on the impact of colonialism historically and currently, and the resulting barriers to access.
  • To proactively connect with our Indigenous clients in meaningful conversation and feedback.
  • To work collaboratively with Indigenous partners and clients to increase our understanding and improve services to Indigenous clients.
  • To implement the suggestions, recommendations, and insights gained from this work into our policies, practices, and services.