“Cultural safety is about fostering a climate where the unique history of Indigenous peoples is recognized and respected in order to provide appropriate care and services in an equitable and safe way, without discrimination.”
– San’yas: Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program
On March 1, 2017, all members of BC Health Regulators, including CSHBC, signed the Declaration of Commitment – Cultural Safety and Humility in the Regulation of Health Professionals Servicing First Nations and Aboriginal People in British Columbia. Signing the Declaration formalized the regulators’ commitment to integrating cultural safety and humility into our health regulatory work, and in turn making the health care system more culturally safe for Indigenous peoples.
CSHBC’s commitment to cultural safety and humility is reflected in the College’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan (PDF), which has a goal of ensuring the College is more inclusive and accessible. As part of that goal, the Strategic Plan states that CSHBC will “honour our commitment to cultural safety and humility in the regulation of health professionals serving First Nations and Aboriginal People in BC.”
Registrants’ responsibilities in this regard are reiterated in the first principle of the Registrant Code of Ethics (PDF): “CSHBC Registrants must provide appropriate, safe and timely care that is provided with respect and without discrimination”.
CSHBC has followed through on this commitment by making cultural safety training a priority for registrants and staff. Registrants earn three Continuing Competency Credits (CCCs) for completing the San’yas Indigenous Cultural Competency Training for Health Care Providers.
In addition, CSHBC makes land acknowledgements at the beginning of each board and committee meeting.
The College has also committed to having all CSHBC staff complete cultural safety training by the end of the current fiscal year (March 31, 2021). In addition, we are working to create Experience and Competency Matrices for use in board and committee member recruitment that reflect the importance of cultural safety and humility.
On July 27, 2021, registrars from 11 Health Regulatory Colleges in B.C., including the College of Speech and Hearing Health Therapists of BC, gathered with an Indigenous leader, knowledge carrier and witnesses for an intimate ceremony to sign a Joint Statement of Apology and Commitments to Action at Spanish Banks in Vancouver on the unceded, ancestral, traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.
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