Working Together to Combat Racism
Jun 19, 2020
2020 has so far been challenging for Canadians, and for people everywhere.
For some months now the coronavirus pandemic has dominated the news media here in British Columbia, across our country, and around the world as we work together to ‘flatten the curve’.
A consequence of such coverage has been speculation concerning not only testing and treatment for COVID-19 but also, significantly, the origin of the virus. The College is aware of several disturbing reports of racism and discrimination directed against those of Asian descent, both here in British Columbia and elsewhere. We condemn these incidents in the strongest possible terms.
And now, recent events in the USA and around the world are further heightening the uncomfortable truth that racism and inequality are as prevalent as ever, prompting all of us to take a hard look at ourselves, our workplaces and our society.
People across the globe, and here in our own province, have confronted racism and other forms of discrimination for much of history. Racist comments and acts can no longer be ignored or tolerated, whether directed to the Black and Asian communities, or to other persons of colour. Racism violates human rights, it diminishes human dignity, and it erodes democracy.
While we cannot remain silent on these issues, neither can the College ignore the discrimination long faced by our Indigenous people. In 2017 the College signed the Declaration of Commitment – Cultural Safety and Humility in the Regulation of Health Professionals and all staff participated in the the San’yas: Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program.
When we are complacent, we are complicit. To truly serve and protect the public in British Columbia, the College must do its part, as a health regulator, to maintain focus on this important issue and contribute to making change happen.
For this reason, the College pledges to develop a plan that will bring awareness to and help guide us in addressing the racism and injustice experienced by the Black community, Asian community, Indigenous British Columbians and all people of colour.
Please join us and help identify ways that the College can take action in this endeavour. Whether you are a TCM practitioner reading this, or a member of the public, kindly share any stories you may have heard or experiences you have had regarding discrimination and inequality within our healthcare system and the community at large. Your input can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tangible change can not be brought about by the Black, Asian, Indigenous, and other communities of colour, alone. And nor should it be. We need to learn, to share resources and to educate our friends, families, and colleagues. We can and we will do this, together.