The events and issues raised in The Unforgotten can leave many questions unanswered. With the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority, the CMA has created resources to help viewers learn, reflect and discuss topics that were raised in the film.

Mosaic of film stills from The Unforgotten

How to use the toolkit

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The toolkit is organized into three sections: background and context, a reflection workbook and a resource guide. Here’s how we recommend using it:

1. Watch the film(s).

This film project was created to raise awareness about the inequities Indigenous peoples face, inspire compassion and drive conversations to close the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

Content advisory: The stories in this film contains content that may be distressing or traumatizing for viewers, including racism experienced by Indigenous peoples. Support resources are available.

2. Take care of yourself.

Because of the potentially triggering nature of the film(s), it is important to prioritize your emotional well-being. Before watching the film(s), answer the question: “What is one thing that I can do after viewing the video(s) to take care of my mind, body and/or spirit?”

3. Use the toolkit.

This was created as a complement to the films to provide context and knowledge on the issues raised in the films, help viewers analyze and reflect on the various levels of racism operating in the films, and equip viewers with knowledge to take action and help dismantle racism.

4. Lean into the discomfort.

Learning about and discussing topics related to colonialism and racism can often be uncomfortable and can lead to a range of emotions. One of the goals of this toolkit is help you build the skills to analyze the way in which racism manifests on multiple levels, which is a critical step to dismantling systemic racism. Discomfort is a normal and necessary part of this journey.

5. Keep learning.

Creating and sustaining change is an ongoing process. Additional resources, including allyship resources and discussion guides, are available in the third section of the toolkit to help you to continue learning.

CPD credit for physicians (Mainpro+)

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) members and Mainpro+ participants can claim 5 Certified Assessment credits by filling out a Linking Learning to Practice exercise. All Linking Learning exercises can be found under the Certified Assessment menu in Mainpro+. Use your reflections from The Unforgotten Toolkit to guide you. Below, we have described how The Unforgotten Toolkit can inform the Linking Learning questions:

Step 1: Describe the activity

You could describe the activity as “Self-directed learning activity/program” or “other” (viewing The Unforgotten film). Describe your role, what motivated you to watch the film and what CanMEDS-FM roles you feel were addressed by this activity.

Step 2: Consider the information

Choose one of your responses from Part 1 of The Unforgotten Toolkit and apply it to this section of the Linking Learning exercise. What information was presented? Was this information relevant to your patient community?

Step 3: Critical appraisal of the information
  1. Review the resources on page 22 of The Unforgotten Toolkit and list the ones you referenced in step 3 of the Linking Learning exercise.
  2. Speaking with peers or experts is also a helpful in appraising the information presented in the film.
  3. Use the tree diagram from The Unforgotten Toolkit to explore the relationship between levels of racism and action planning.
Step 4: Make a decision about your practice
  1. Use the self-reflection content from the Unforgotten Toolkit, including the Action Plan section on page 21, areas you identified in the Tree Analogy on page 21, or consider racist policies in practice through the reflection on page 18.
  2. Decide how you will change your practice moving forward to incorporate what you have learned.
Step 5: Evaluation/reflect on the impact of your decision
  1. Keep a journal over the next 6-12 weeks as you start to put the learnings and action plan into practice. Process what you’ve learned and seek additional learning opportunities, especially ones that centre the lived experiences of Indigenous people.