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National Indigenous History Month & Indigenous Peoples Day

May 30, 2024

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada. We take this moment to celebrate and honour the rich cultures, histories, medicines, and contributions of Indigenous Peoples from coast to coast to coast​.

Reflecting on and acknowledging the past while looking ahead to the future, we remain committed in our journey of building an anti-racist culture and ensuring culturally safe, timely, and appropriate care for all. We also take this moment to acknowledge and thank Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers, consultants, professionals, families, and communities who continue to guide us in this important work.

One of the important ways we are working to address and eliminate Indigenous-specific racism in health care is by creating learning resources to support nurses and midwives understand and apply the Indigenous Cultural Safety, Cultural Humility and Anti-racism practice standard.

Later this month, to coincide with National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, BCCNM will be introducing a series of self-directed e-learning modules to help nurses and midwives further understand and apply the principles of the standard in their everyday practice. We encourage all nurses and midwives to spend some time working through these modules, to better develop your understanding of the standard to your practice. The first series will be launched in June, and a further set will be released later this year.

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We acknowledge the rights and title of the First Nations on whose collective unceded territories encompass the land base colonially known as British Columbia. We give specific thanks to the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking peoples the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh-ulh Sníchim speaking Peoples the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), on whose unceded territories BCCNM’s office is located. We also give thanks for the medicines of these territories and recognize that laws, governance, and health systems tied to these lands and waters have existed here for over 9000 years.

We also acknowledge the unique and distinct rights, including rights to health and wellness, of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples from elsewhere in Canada who now live in British Columbia. As leaders in the settler health system, we acknowledge our responsibilities to these rights under international, national, and provincial law.​