From October 1–3, the Can-SOLVE CKD Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement and Research Council (IPERC) convened an in-person gathering in Vancouver on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil Waututh First Nations.
Hosted at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, the meeting was an important opportunity to learn from each other and celebrate the important connections and partnerships that support IPERC’s work.
The gathering began with a traditional Coast Salish blanketing ceremony led by Elder Maurice Nahanee and assisted by members of the Can-SOLVE CKD operations team. This symbolic ceremony honoured our patient partners with a gesture of love, appreciation, and spiritual protection. A gallery of images from the ceremony may be viewed below.
Days 2 and 3 of the gathering were devoted to planning for the development of an Indigenous cultural sensitivity training curriculum. IPERC is leading the creation of this training in conjunction with many partners. We were pleased to welcome representatives from Diabetes Action Canada and the BC Provincial Health Services Authority to take part in this important planning session.