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June 21, 2022 – National Indigenous Peoples Day

Today, on National Indigenous Peoples Day, the ACFP would like to renew our commitment to unlearning and re-educating in the spirit of reconciliation. We commit to continue reflecting on our actions, educational opportunities, and advocacy efforts to support equity, cultural safety, and the health and wellbeing of all.

The ACFP recognizes that systemic racism exists in our society, institutions, and health systems. The ACFP is making conscious efforts to elevate Indigenous voices in our CPD opportunities, messaging, and advocacy. Staff at the ACFP are committed to continue listening, learning, and adapting to better inform, educate, and support ACFP members and all people who rely on them.

We acknowledge that what we call Alberta is the traditional and ancestral territory of many peoples, presently subject to Treaties 6, 7, and 8. Those people impacted are the Blackfoot Confederacy – Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika – the Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Stoney Nakoda, and the Tsuu T’ina Nation and the Métis People of Alberta. This includes the Métis Settlements and the Six Regions of the Métis Nation of Alberta within the historical Northwest Metis Homeland.

We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit who have lived on and cared for these lands for generations. We are grateful for the traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who are still with us today and for those who have gone before us. We make this acknowledgement as an act of reconciliation and gratitude to those whose territories we reside on or visit.

Words are not enough, the time for action is now. The ACFP has started on a journey to learn and change, and knows that the destination of reconciliation is still a long way ahead. The ACFP values Indigenous perspectives, and humbly ask our members, their patients, and collaborators, to inform us on how we can strive to do better as we turn the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action on Health into ReconciliAction in our practices and in our hearts. 

For more information, please visit the ACFP Truth and Reconciliation page.

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My name is Smitha Yaltho and I feel privileged to work as a family physician. Why? I believe that being a family physician has been the best job any physician can hope to have. I have personally grown in my own abilities and skill-sets with diverse opportunities in ambulatory practice, acute care and work in Facility Living.  Working in primary care has been exciting and has also afforded me tremendous opportunities for growth while still remaining stimulating in its complexity.  I believe that Family physicians are trusted partners in patient care –  every step of the way. 

Why are you volunteering to serve on this committee?
I currently have an interest in Physician Leadership and  trauma informed care.  I have served as a director with the Board of Directors with the Edmonton North PCN, Edmonton’s largest PCN. Thereafter, I have worked as the Director of Medical Services with CapitalCare (also based in Edmonton) for almost 6 years. It is my express wish that my contribution on the ACFP board of directors will highlight the excellence of family medicine that exists right here and now within the Alberta health care system. 

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?
Ability to highlight and further support the excellence of primary care right here in Alberta.