TORONTO, June 2, 2015 – The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) welcomes and supports the historic report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released today in Ottawa. The policies Chief Justice Murray Sinclair calls cultural genocide were deplorable and caused damaging effects on the identity and wellbeing, including mental health, of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. We see evidence of this among the people we care for.
We fully support the recommendations that fall into our area of work, namely:
- HEALTH: An acknowledgement that the current state of Aboriginal health is a direct result of previous government policies and the implementation of health-care rights for Aboriginal people.
JUSTICE: A commitment to eliminate the overrepresentation of Aboriginal people in custody and in trouble with the law, along with the collection and publication of data on criminal victimization of Aboriginal people.
The recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission involve all of society and none of us should be left unchanged. At CAMH, we support the move to action.