Systemic racism and discrimination towards First Nations and Aboriginal people continues to be a major problem in many contemporary health care settings, often resulting in inappropriate treatment and barriers to accessing health care.
In 2017, the previous B.C. nursing and midwifery colleges were four of 22 B.C. health professions to
pledge their commitment to making our health system more culturally safe for First Nations and Aboriginal people. BCCNM continues this commitment.
On Nov. 30, 2020, Health Minister Adrian Dix released findings from an independent review, led by Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, into the extent of Indigenous-specific racism in BC’s health-care system. The findings released in this report, titled In Plain Sight, showed the devastating impact Indigenous-specific racism has on health outcomes for Indigenous people in B.C.
We are pleased to share our organization's action plan,
BCCNM's Commitment: Constructive disruption to Indigenous-specific racism amongst B.C. Nurses and Midwives. The release of the
In Plain Sight report last year underscored the urgent need for all partners in the health-care system to take swift and decisive action to dismantle the systemic racism that has led to such poor health outcomes for First Nations, Métis and Inuit (Indigenous) Peoples. BCCNM's action plan reflects our commitment to enacting the recommendations put forth in the report and lays out a roadmap for BCCNM to follow as we work to make the health-care system culturally safe.
Increasing the level of cultural safety in the health care system through approaches such as cultural humility, cultural safety, health literacy and relationship-based care will assist in improving the quality of health services for First Nations and Aboriginal people. Nurses and midwives are well-positioned to make a difference.
BCCNM encourages you to:
12-part Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility Action Series hosted by the First Nations Health Authority and BC Patient Safety & Quality Council
Learn more about cultural safety and humility and how to improve your practice with the resources available in the
First Nations Health Authority Cultural Humility Portal
In partnership and collaboration with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), BCCNM is supporting the collection of data about current and future BC First Nations and other Indigenous health professionals in B.C. Registrants will have the option of answering three questions on their registration renewal application.
B.C. First Nations have a health governance partnership with the province of B.C. In 2006, the parties identified “practicing certified First Nations health care professionals” as an indicator of progress of the Transformative Change Accord: First Nations Health Plan. This data will be used to inform reporting on this indicator.
Any data collected will be shared in aggregate form with FNHA.
No. Answering these questions is optional. Your eligibility for renewal of your registration will not be impacted by your responses or your choice not to respond.
If you have questions or concerns about how this information will be used or why it is being collected, we encourage you to contact the
First Nations Health Authority.