On Monday, June 18, a mural was unveiled at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon which depicts the goals of Truth and Reconciliation by tieing together the past, present and future of First Nations and Métis people. The work of art is intended to provide staff and visitors with an opportunity to reflect on the goals of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). TRC, a component of the Indian and Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, has a mandate to inform all Canadians about the residential school experiences of Indigenous people.
Gabe Lafond, executive director of First Nations and Métis Health, was the emcee for the emotional unveiling ceremony of the Truth and Reconciliation mural at St. Paul’s Hospital.
“There are many Truth and Reconciliation calls to action focused on health,” said Jean Morrison, president and CEO of St. Paul’s Hospital. “This mural will be a daily reminder to our physicians and staff of how we continue to move forward in our commitment to improve Indigenous health outcomes.”
Images of the past reflect First Nations and Métis people living in harmony with nature. Images of the present demonstrate the commitment of St. Paul’s Hospital and the Saskatchewan health system to the objectives of the TRC. Depicted is the 2016 ceremony held outside of the hospital where the yellow Truth and Reconciliation flag was raised and where the Commitment to Reconciliation was signed. Signing the document signified the hospital and former Saskatoon Health Region’s commitment to acting on the TRC report. Images of the future show children holding the Truth and Reconciliation flag and people coming together to realize the dream of everyone walking together in harmony.