Saskatchewan Blue Cross to Honour National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Saskatchewan Blue Cross supports the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action. We’re an organization founded to support the well-being of all residents of Saskatchewan. While it is not a requirement in our province to honour September 30 as a statutory day off in observance of the National Day of Truth & Reconciliation, we will be recognizing its importance by closing our operations.
“Each of us has an active role to play in reconciliation, and as an organization we recognize that we’re part of the learning process,” says President & CEO Shelley Vandenberg. “One of Saskatchewan Blue Cross’ organizational values is empathy and we feel strongly that providing employees with opportunities to learn, listen and reflect on our living history, residential schools and the healing journey unfolding in Indigenous communities today supports them as they continue their journeys to understanding.”
Recognizing September 30 is just one action Saskatchewan Blue Cross is taking in support of truth and reconciliation. We’re working with Indigenous-led organizations aimed at improving health-related services for Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan, including a new partnership with the Indspire Building Brighter Futures Scholarship Program supporting an increase the number of Indigenous healthcare professionals in Saskatchewan.
“We’re committed to improving access to and understanding of health and wellness to empower people to make the best decisions for their health and the health of their loved ones,” says Vandenberg.
Saskatchewan Blue Cross encourages everyone to make space on September 30 to read about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and its 94 Calls to Action, if you have not already done so: https://nctr.ca/records/reports/.
For Media Inquiries, please contact:
Cheryl de Villiers
Director – Marketing and External Affairs
Saskatchewan Blue Cross