Message from the CEO


On behalf of CDHA, I am delighted to tell you about the informative, engaging, and exciting program offerings that you will find at our 2022 Summit in Whitehorse. Because September 30 is Canada's National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Summit has been designed to provide you with tools and resources to help build respectful relationships with Indigenous peoples in your communities and in your clinical practice.

During this event, you will learn about diverse aspects of Indigenous health, history, and culture from some of our speakers, including Rose LeMay, an unrelenting champion for the inclusion and well-being of Indigenous peoples. In addition, the role of unconscious bias and the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion will be explored as part of creating a culturally safe dental hygiene practice.

Dental hygienists have a responsibility to maintain an evidence-informed practice—one that recognizes that values, biases, assumptions, preferences, and world views affecting service provision. CDHA is committed to supporting all members in this lifelong learning and continuing competency area.

CDHA is also committed as an organization to meaningful consultation and building respectful relationships with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people. Collaborative leadership is a cornerstone of our mission to enhance the provision of quality preventive and therapeutic oral health care for all people in Canada. We will strive to promote equity, ethical practice, altruism, acknowledgement of privilege, and management of personal biases long after this summit draws to a close. We all have a responsibility to work in partnership with Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals, groups, communities, and other professionals to ensure that our workplaces and day-to-day activities are culturally safe and appropriate.

We are so pleased to offer this learning opportunity and look forward to seeing you on the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council this fall.

Ondina Love, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Dental Hygienists Association