News at Medicine - June 2021 - Statement from the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

Statement from the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada
June 7, 2021
As Memorial University's Faculty of Medicine and the only medical school in Newfoundland and Labrador, we echo a statement made by the Association of Faculties of Medicine Canada (AFMC). 

We stand with Indigenous people and communities who are mourning the loss of 215 First Nations children whose graves were discovered last week.  AFMC is committed to addressing the terrible legacy of residential schools, the calls to action arising from the death of Joyce Echaquan and persistent systemic racism in health and education.

AFMC recognizes that systemic racism must be dealt with through its structures and in its education and training of a workforce that participates in the institutional systems that have deeply embedded racism.

The social accountability mandate of medical schools guides our actions and our work to address systemic racism not only in academic medicine but also in our Canadian health care system. We recognize that aspirants, medical students, graduate students, residents, fellows, researchers, staff as well as faculty members must learn and work in anti-racist/anti-colonial environments that are culturally safe and culturally respectful.

AFMC will address unacceptable conditions that negatively impact Indigenous communities and work towards the highest attainable standard of health for Indigenous peoples and equitable health care.

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