The First Nations Health Authority wants the health system to recognize intergenerational trauma.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Evan Adams says intergenerational trauma is a wound that is felt beyond the person who was initially hurt.
He says the impact of residential schools is a prime example of how trauma can be felt by the family of survivors.
He says health providers already recognize intergenerational trauma, but would like to see formal procedures in place.
With both the federal and provincial governments talking about reconciliation, Dr. Adams says it’s a good time to bring awareness to the issue.