The College of Dental Technologists of Ontario (CDTO) proudly recognizes National Indigenous Peoples Month this June, honoring the rich cultural heritage, contributions, and histories of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.  

National Indigenous Peoples Month provides an opportunity for all Canadians to deepen their understanding and appreciation of Indigenous cultures through reflection, education, and celebration of the profound impact Indigenous communities have had on our society.  

On June 21, 2024, the CDTO embraced the opportunity to recognize National Indigenous Peoples Day by creating awareness around “Decolonizing Workplace Practices,” during a public board meeting which was livestreamed through our YouTube channel.  

Health organizations have a responsibility to address the 7 health-related calls to action published in the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. These calls to action further reconciliation by acknowledging the harms caused by the residential school system and take action to stop systemic racism and harm.  

CDTO’s commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigeneity is embedded in its strategic plan. We recognize that education and awareness is the first step to understanding the truth without which Reconciliation cannot happen. The CDTO encourages its registrants and the broader community to engage with and learn from the wealth of knowledge and traditions that Indigenous peoples share. 

National Indigenous Peoples Day and Canada Day are opportunities to celebrate our ethnic, linguistic, ethnocultural and regional diversity, which helps make Canada a truly inclusive and outward-looking country. 

In observance of Canada Day, the CDTO office will close at 1:00 PM on Friday, June 28, 2024, and will reopen on Tuesday, July 2, 2024, at 9:00 AM.