Reconciliation and Indigenous Resources
Registered Dietitians and Registered Nutritionists provide services across Alberta on Treaty 6, Treaty 7, and Treaty 8 territory, and respect the histories, languages, and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.
The College of Dietitians of Alberta office is located on Treaty 6 territory. The College recognizes September 30 as a day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Resources for Dietitians
- National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action (2015) (PDF)
- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007) (PDF)
- Jordan’s Principle (from Assembly of First Nations website)
- Treaty Talk (2019) / Treaty Walk (2020) / AWÀSISAK Our Future (2022) films
Resources for Indigenous Peoples
From Alberta Health Services News Releases (5/30/2022)
Indigenous Peoples in the North Zone Area 1 of Alberta Health Services (AHS) have a dedicated support line to help them better navigate the health system. North Zone Area 1 includes North Peace Tribal Council First Nations, High Level Friendship Centre, Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement, Fort Vermillion Metis Local, and McLennan Metis Local.
The toll-free Indigenous support line can be reached by calling 1-844-944-4744. The support line is staffed by Indigenous Health Link staff and available weekdays (Monday-Friday) from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Click here for a poster on the Indigenous Support Line.
Staff will answer callers’ questions, help them access culturally appropriate care and support and assist them with navigating the healthcare system. Clients can call at any time during their healthcare journey with questions or concerns – whether they are not currently receiving care, about to start care, in care, or discharged from care.
The Alberta Health Services’ Indigenous Wellness Core partners with Indigenous peoples, communities and key stakeholders to provide accessible, culturally appropriate health services for First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in Alberta.
For more information, access https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/page11949.aspx
CDA Reconciliation Journey
Supporting Truth and Reconciliation in our field and in our organizations and our institutions is more important than ever and is one of the strategic initiatives of the College of Dietitians of Alberta (CDA) Council and Executive Leadership. The College will focus on partnerships and relationship building with indigenous people and their communities and focus on the College mandate and what its reach is as it relates to building reconciliation.
In 2021, regulated members received a reconciliation survey and an outstanding 40% of members responded to the survey, giving Council tremendous feedback. We followed the survey up with focus groups. Close to 160 College members put their names forward to participate in the focus groups. From these focus groups, Council has a significant amount of feedback from which to work on developing resources for members in relation to reconciliation. For a summary of the survey and focus groups results, please see the following info graphic. https://my.visme.co/view/x434dvdn-cda-reconciliation