INTRODUCTION

In 2014 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (the "TRC") called upon Canadian medical schools to respond to the undeniable health disparities that exist between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada. The TRC recognized that to address these disparities we must both increase the number of Indigenous medical students in Canada, and at the same time, appropriately educate non-Indigenous students about the history of Indigenous peoples on these lands. This education must include dialogue into how colonizing healthcare practices themselves have created these health disparities and must stress how it is all of our responsibility to close these gaps. Medical schools across Canada have now had over six years to respond to the TRC's calls to action.


Last year Indigenous medical students at UBC sent out a survey asking Indigenous medical students and residents in Canada how well they feel their schools have implemented the TRC's 23, 24 calls to action. The results of the survey were analyzed and report cards were distributed to each school.


The results of the report cards ultimately suggested that while many schools have been working tirelessly to implement change, many students continue to feel like they are studying and working within environments where they experience racism.


Below you will find the 2020-2021 version of the TRC Report Card Survey. This survey is intended for all Indigenous medical undergraduate students and Indigenous residents in Canada. The goal of this second survey is to provide schools with a tool to help shift the culture of racism in medicine.


The results of each survey will again be analyzed and another report card will be sent to the dean of each medical school that provides feedback on how Indigenous medical students and residents felt in the 2020-2021 academic year. The results of the report cards do not necessarily reflect how much work has been done at each school, but rather how students feel being Indigenous in medicine.


Thank you all so much for the incredible work that you do. We and Indigenous medical students across Canada truly could not get through this journey without the Indigenous liaisons and the allies who have stood beside us along the way.
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