Over the next two years, $150 thousand in new funding from the Ontario Trillim Foundation will help the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health educate providors like nurses, doctors and police officers about aboriginal history.
Ottawa-Vanier MPP Madeleine Meilleur said that as a former nurse, she knows how important it is for health care providors to understand their patients as people - and that means learning about their history.
The centre's executive director Allison Fisher says better education about aboriginal history means better service.
"We're talking about residential schools, we're talking about history in the past 50 years," she said. "I think when you can develop a relationship of trust, of empathy, kindness and understanding, I think your service levels go up automatically."
"You'll think about it differently, your approach will be different, and I think your follow up will also be better."