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 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 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.
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.
We encourage nurses and miwives to visit the learning sections of the website for resources and tools to support them on their journey (LPN, NP, RM, RN, RPN).
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.
One year on: colleges report on progress in dismantling systemic racism
Jan 28, 2022
BCCNM board approves new Indigenous cultural safety and humility practice standard
Nov 22, 2021
Survey: new cultural safety and humility practice standard
Oct 6, 2021
BCCNM launches Action Plan to address Indigenous-specific racism in health care
Sep 29, 2021
BCCNM observes National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
May 11, 2021
Racism in Health Care: An Apology to Indigenous People and a Pledge to Be Anti-Racist
May 4, 2021
Addressing Indigenous-specific racism with a new cultural safety and humility standard
Nov 30, 2020
Addressing Indigenous-specific racism
Nov 30, 2020
Statement of Intent – Cultural Safety & Humility in BCCNM Standards