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of British Columbia

The College Welcomes Report from Investigation into Indigenous-specific Racism

Dec 01, 2020

The College welcomes the report by Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki-Kwe) resulting from the months-long investigation into wide-spread racism in BC’s healthcare system.

The report, In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care , outlines findings and puts forward 24 recommendations including improving accountability, legislative changes, and an improved complaint process.

“Our review found clear evidence of a lack of cultural safety and hundreds of examples of prejudice and racism throughout the entire B.C. health care system,” notes Dr. Turpel-Lafond.

The College is committed to working with the Ministry of Health and other partners to consider the recommendations and take action that will support changes to eliminate Indigenous-specific racism, systemic racism, prejudice, and discrimination.

As health regulators, the College supports a system that provides culturally safe care and ensures that Indigenous people from across the province can access and receive healthcare services without discrimination.

In 2017, the College and 22 other BC health regulators signed the Declaration of Commitment – Cultural Safety and Humility in the Regulation of Health Professionals. Since then, we have been committed to advancing the integration of cultural safety and humility within the traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture professions.

While Dr. Turpel-Lafond’s recommendations signal progress, there is still more to be done to ensure that Indigenous people consistently receive qualified, safe, and ethical care from health professionals who integrate cultural safety and humility into their practice. We encourage all health professionals to review the full or summary version of the report.