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Author: Laurie Michael, RD, MPH | PCDA President and Board Chair

Posted: September 29, 2023

Truth and Reconciliation Day and Orange Shirt Day will be observed this year on September 30th. This day honours Indigenous children who were forced to leave their families to attend residential schools and the intergenerational trauma that persists to this day. 


As President of the PCDA, a nutrition professional, an active member in my community, and a settler-Canadian; Truth and Reconciliation highlights the important message that settler colonialism has created, shaped, and perpetuated current dysfunctional, unjust, and inequitable systems and how we live, learn, play, interact, and work in our communities. 

I will be spending the day (and beyond); listening, learning, and understanding the harms that nutrition and malnutrition experiments had, and continue to have on Indigenous peoples.

The PCDA encourages all RDs and RD2Bs to learn more about the legacy of residential schools, the role of dietetics in residential schools, how this has shaped the profession, and what we can do to acknowledge and learn from these truths.

Laurie Michael, RD, MPH

President, Primary Care Dietitian Association

Below is a list of links and resources shared from the PCDA's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee (DEIC).


A Special thank you goes out to two of our DEIC Committee members, Marley Fisher and Abby Richter, for curating the content.




Truth & Reconciliation






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WELCOME! The Primary Care Dietitians' Association (PCDA) officially launched in April of 2020 to support and advocate for registered dietitians working in primary care across Canada. We started as the Family Health Team Registered Dietitian Network in 2006 and have grown over the years to now include dietitians working in various primary care and outpatient settings, private practice and aboriginal health access centres. As a group of dietitians, we are here to support one another in our practice and share our knowledge base to enhance best practice within primary care.

Benefits of PCDA membership:

  • Access to patient resources, EMR tools and standardized tool kits.

  • Advocate for primary care dietitians, both provincially and federally.

  • Support and advance our profession and leadership within the primary care environment.

  • Continuing education through webinars and KTEs provided free to all members.

  • Peer support through PCDA's listserv.

  • Access to Nutrition Care Manual.

  • Recognition of dietitians working in primary care.

  • Discounted rate for annual PCDA conference.

  • Interest Groups; e.g. Virtual Practice, Critical Care, Northern Regional Group, Dietetics Student Support, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, etc.

  • Development of regional strategies to improve patient care and access to primary care dietitians.


Primary care dietitians are the leaders in equitable and inclusive medical nutrition therapy for our communities and clients..


Encouraging primary care dietitians to become highly skilled in providing equitable and inclusive medical nutrition therapy, disease prevention and health promotion through collaboration, education and mentorship. We advocate for access, capacity and integration of dietitians within comprehensive primary care. 


  • Evidence Based Practice

  • Interprofessional HealthCare

  • Collaboration & Sharing

  • Continuous Learning & Improvement

  • Transparency

  • Diversity, Equity &Inclusion

  • Mentorship and Preceptorship



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