In recognition of Canada's inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, School director Dr. Stanley Woo met with Dr. Paul Chris, Chair of the Federation of Optometric Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FORAC), to receive a framed copy of FORAC’s Declaration of Commitment. This declaration has been endorsed by all provincial optometric Colleges across Canada.
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation honours residential school Survivors, their families and communities and ensure public commemoration of the history and ongoing legacy of residential schools.
Among one of the 94 Calls to Action from 2015’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was the call for all levels of government “to provide cultural competency training for all health-care professionals.” To address this important call to action, FORAC signed a Declaration of Commitment on July 13, 2019 in Victoria, BC - signalling its collective commitment to integrating Cultural Safety and Humility into optometric education and practice standards that are required to ensure public safety and the delivery of high-quality services to Indigenous patients.
Learn more about FORAC’s full Declaration of Commitment to Cultural Safety and Humility.
From left to right: Megan Sue, CAOS president; Dr. Stanley Woo, School director; Dr. Paul Chris, FORAC Chair; Janet Tan, third-year class President; and Aisa Dobie, second-year class President.