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Cultural safety and humility

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. 

​​On May 11, 2022, to mark the one-year anniversary of the apology, the four colleges published an update on their progress to date​ on the commitments laid out in the apology.​​​

On June 21, 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​. 

BCCNM's Commitment: Constructive disruption to Indigenous-specific racism amongst B.C. Nurses and Midwives reflects our commitment to enacting the recommendations put forth in the In Plan Sight report and lays out a roadmap for BCCNM to follow as we work to make the health-care system culturally safe. 

A ne​w practice stan​​dard for all nurses and midwives

Another part of our work ​is a new practice standard for all nurses and midwives, Indigenous Cultural Safety, Cultural Humility, and Anti-Racism. This new standard came into effect Feb. 25, 2022​.

This standard was developed in collaboration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC). BCCNM is also collaborating with CPSBC on learning resources to support practitioners as this standard comes into effect.

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Practice Standard companion guide

The Indigenous Cultural Safety, Cultural Humility, and Anti-racism Practice Standard Companion Guide was created to help nurses and midwives understand and apply the new practice standard. It incorporates Indigenous experiences to help nurses and midwives learn about culturally unsafe care and reflect on their own practice. ​

We encourage nurses and midwives to visit the learning sections of the website for resources and tools to support them on their journey  (LPNNPRMRNRPN).​

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