We would like to acknowledge that POGO’s work takes place on traditional territories and Treaty Lands of many Indigenous nations across the land now called Ontario.
We reflect on the relationship that Indigenous Peoples and their ancestors have had with this land for thousands of years and on the harmful impacts of colonialism on Indigenous Peoples, including inequities in healthcare that continue to exist.
We gratefully acknowledge the opportunity to collaborate on these traditional lands to achieve the best childhood cancer system for children and families in Ontario. We affirm POGO’s ongoing commitment to building trusting relationships with First Nations, Inuit, Métis and Urban Indigenous Peoples as we carry out our mission.
POGO’s First Nations, Inuit, Métis and Urban Indigenous Children with Cancer Initiative Core Group was established in 2019 and is committed to improving equity and cultural safety in care for Indigenous children with cancer and their families. In 2022, this group developed a resource list for pediatric oncology healthcare professionals of all disciplines who wish to expand their understanding of the rich and varied experiences of First Nations, Inuit, Métis and Urban Indigenous patients and families, to foster culturally safe, equitable care. Learn more.