Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL) Network is committed to improving support for all Ontario families who experience the loss of a pregnancy, death of an infant or elective abortion no matter the circumstances that surround that event. We know that different individuals and families experience loss and grief in different ways. Indigenous families who lose a baby or infant or choose an elective abortion can experience additional trauma when available supports are not inclusive and reflective of their experiences and needs.
The team at PAIL Network has committed to listening, learning and supporting the needs of Indigenous peoples. Our commitment starts with acknowledging the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s: Calls to Action. This year, our team has committed to Action #22.
Action #22 We call upon those who can effect change within the Canadian health-care system to recognize the value of Aboriginal healing practices and use them in the treatment of Aboriginal patients in collaboration with Aboriginal healers and Elders where requested by Aboriginal patients.
PAIL Network commits to advocating for Indigenous families as professionals working in the health-care system to affect change within a system that was made by and for a colonial society. We commit to our ongoing learning as a team and to intentionally include Indigenous culture in our family support programs, education for professionals, commemorative events, and volunteer training. We not only commit to affecting change within Ontario’s health-care system but also as we live, work, and play on Indigenous land by offering education and information to spread awareness as we continue listening and learning from Indigenous peoples. The actions we are taking are aligned with our 2020-2023 strategic plan:
- Creating support for Indigenous families through online peer support groups and resources
- Ensuring families have the hardware to access our online peer support groups
Healthcare Education for Professionals
- Creating support for professionals working and in and with Indigenous communities through educational offerings and resources
Awareness and Advocacy
- Include Indigenous culture through our events, programs and volunteer training