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The Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress (PRIDoC) 2020 will convene September 14-18, 2020 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre in Vancouver B.C., on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish: the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
Animikii was brought on to assist the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC), the host of the 2020 PRIDoC event, to design the Logo and Branding, with emphasis on the theme, CONNECTING TO THE SPIRIT OF OUR LAND.
“Connecting to the Spirit of our Land” implies active effort on our parts – individually and collectively – on different levels. As Indigenous physician leaders, we have a responsibility to advocate for the health of future generations, our planet and our homelands, including our precious natural resources, foods and traditional medicines in the face of climate change and environmental destruction. In our practices, we acknowledge the value of “two-eyed seeing,” connection to land and traditional healing in caring for our peoples.
For ourselves, we find ways to nurture our spirit by fostering the connection to the land that sustains us, so that we can continue to provide the best care. As Indigenous physicians, we are supported by generations of our ancestors and are valuable resources for the health and well-being of our peoples. Paraphrasing Elder Mae Louise, “the world needs the wisdom we carry in our bones” -- let’s come together in September 2020 on Coast Salish Territory to bring forward this wisdom and these teachings and continue our PRIDoC discussions and celebrations!