Truth and Reconciliation Committee


Committee Members

Burton O'SoupChairmanSaskatoon
Caro GareauCPSS StaffSaskatoon
Dr. Grant StonehamCPSS StaffSaskatoon
Lionel ChabotCommittee MemberNorth Battleford
Tania LafontaineCommittee Member 
Dr. Oladapo Adesanya MabadejeCommittee MemberPrince Albert
Karon ShmonCommittee Member 
Dr. Preston Albert SmithCommittee MemberStanhope

Committee Description

This is a standing committee of the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan.

Composition of Committee

  1. 1. The Truth & Reconciliation Committee may consist of such persons as the Council deems advisable and approves.
    1. a) Members of Council are eligible to be appointed to the Truth and Reconciliation Committee.
    2. b) Committee members outside Council and the College Staff may be eligible as Council and/or the Committee deem appropriate.
    3. c) The Committee shall endeavour to include at least one representative who self-identifies as First Nations and at least one representative who self-identifies as Métis with appropriate knowledge of culture and protocols.


  2. 2. The Chair and members of the Truth & Reconciliation Committee shall be appointed annually by the Council.



The Committee shall:

  1. 1. provide recommendations to Council to improve the delivery of physician services to Indigenous persons, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit, within the province of Saskatchewan, based on the Truth & Reconciliation Final Report’s Calls to Action (items 18-24);


  2. 2. provide for the meaningful establishment and development of partnership opportunities with Indigenous organizations in working towards the common goal of Indigenous wellness;


  3. 3. research and advise Council on the most appropriate and time-sensitive educational opportunities that can assist and help the Council better understand the spirit and intent of the Treaties;


  4. 4. evaluate and consider actions the Council can take to support physicians in understanding the impact of history on the health and well-being of Indigenous people in Saskatchewan and develop cultural competencies towards an environment of cultural safety and responsiveness;


  5. 5. research and advise Council on appropriate and culturally responsive educational opportunities for physicians;


  6. 6. ensure that Truth & Reconciliation and the health and well-being of Indigenous people remain at the centre of its recommendations.


  7. 7. provide awareness to Council regarding concerns and barriers experienced by Indigenous people related to healthcare status in Saskatchewan that come to the attention of the committee.


  8. 8. provide recommendations to Council relating to the Calls to Action in the Truth & Reconciliation Committee Report;


  9. 9. establish standards of review for measurable outcomes as it relates to Truth & Reconciliation.



The Committee will establish relationships and seek guidance and direction as necessary to achieve its objectives.


  1. 1. The Committee shall report to the Council at least once per year.


  2. 2. Committee minutes will be available/disseminated to Council for information.



  1. 1. The Committee will meet at the call of the Chair.