As Canadian Health Librarians We Must Now move Ahead on the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) Calls to Action




Aboriginal health information, health librarians, Truth and Reconciliation (TRC)


For many years, the most-pressing information issues associated with the delivery of Aboriginal, Inuit and Metis health care in Canada have occupied CHLA/ABSC at our conferences and in our research. However, a turning point was certainly the publication of JCHLA/JABSC’s Aboriginal health information issue in 2014 [1]. In the last three years, we have worked to understand Aboriginal health information by developing publicly-visible collection tools [2], subject guides [3-5], and Aboriginal search filters [6]. Behind the scenes, health librarians have also worked with clinicians to address the challenge of improving Aboriginal health across the country.


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How to Cite

Giustini, D. M. (2017). As Canadian Health Librarians We Must Now move Ahead on the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) Calls to Action. Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association / Journal De l’Association Des bibliothèques De La Santé Du Canada, 38(3).