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CRNBC commits to a safer health system for First Nations and Aboriginal People

posted March 31, 2017

Systemic racism against First Nations people, which includes personal biases and unintentional stereotyping, continues to be a problem in contemporary health care settings and leads to inappropriate treatment and barriers to accessing health care. 

On March 1, CRNBC Registrar and CEO Cynthia Johansen was one of 23 BC health regulation leaders who pledged their support in making the health system more culturally safe for First Nations and Aboriginal people by signing the Declaration of Commitment to Cultural Safety and Humility.

The declaration, an initiative endorsed by the First Nations Health Authority (FHNA) and Ministry of Health, commits CRNBC and other health regulators to take action and develop processes that will embed culturally safe practices within all levels of health professional regulation.

In the coming months, the BC Health Regulators will collectively review how cultural safety and humility can be better integrated into quality assurance programs, complaints processes and post-secondary programs. BCHR will also pursue formal training for board members on cultural safety and humility and how these concepts should impact regulatory approaches. This work is being done in partnership with the First Nations Health Authority.

Cultural competency, safety and humility resources

Are you interested in learning more about cultural competency, safety and humility? Check out the resources below:

San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training: A facilitated, online training program offered by the Provincial Health Services Authority designed to strengthen the skills of health professionals who work with Aboriginal people.

Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility Webinar Action Series: FNHA and the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council have partnered to provide a series of 12 webinar events over the course of a year to encourage BC health care professionals to learn, engage in self-reflection and create positive change. Webinars currently available include Learning and Advancing the Recommendations of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission, Intergenerational Trauma and Institutional Avoidance and the Importance of Story to Cultural Safety.

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