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Red Dress Day​, May 5, 2024

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May 5 is Red Dress Day, also known as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit people (MMIWG2S). BCCNM recognizes Red Dress Day, which honours the memories of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people across Canada, and pledges to continue our work to make the health-care syste​​m culturally safe for Indigenous Peoples. 

Visit the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center​ to explore the list of resources and join in organizing additional actions in your communities on and around May 5.​​​​

Bear Witness Day, May 10, 2024  ​​​​

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Each year on May 10, we recognize Bear Witness Day. Bear Witness Day is Spirit Bear's birthday and honours the memory of Jordan River Anderson through the full and proper implementation of Jordan's Principle, a child-f​​irst principle and legal rule named in memory of Jordan River Anderson. It ensures First Nations children receive the services and supports they need, when they need them.

As we continue the important work of reconciliation, BCCNM acknowledges and honours this day and reflects on the past with a look ahead to the future of shaping culturally safe, timely, and appropriate care for all. 

Visit Bear Witness Day | First Nations Child & Family Caring Society to learn more and learn how you can get involved. ​​​​​​

Taking action to dismantle Indigenous-specific racism

On Nov. 30, 2020, Health Minister Adrian Dix released findings from an independent review into the extent of Indigenous-specific racism in BC’s health-care system. The findings released in this report, titled In Pla​in Sight, showed the devastating impact Indigenous-specific racism has on health outcomes for Indigenous people in B.C. The release of the In Plain Sight report 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 commitment

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 May 11, 2021, BC's four largest health regulators issued an apology to the Indigenous people and communities who have experienced racism while engaging with these health regulatory colleges and with the health professionals they regulate. The four colleges published a one-year update on their progress​ on the commitments laid out in the apology and then in June 2023, BCCNM, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, and the College of Pharmacists of BC published a two-year​ update on their progress toward those efforts.

Future updates will be published by each college individually. All the BCCNM commitments made as part of this collaboration have been folded into our ongoing work to address Indigenous-specific racism in the health-care system. We invite you to review these reports

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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.​