Cultural Safety & Humility

The CSHBC office is located on unceded Coast Salish territory, represented today by the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Making a meaningful and ongoing commitment to cultural safety and humility in the regulation of health professionals serving Indigenous peoples is a fundamental priority for the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC.

Standard of Practice for Indigenous Cultural Safety, Cultural Humility, & Anti-Racism

In September 2022, CSHBC’s commitment to this priority was reflected in the announcement that the College adopted a new Standard of Practice for Indigenous Cultural Safety, Cultural Humility, & Anti-Racism. The standard, also adopted by 10 other BC health profession regulatory colleges, acknowledges that Indigenous-specific racism exists in health care and sets clear expectations for registrants to provide culturally safe and anti-racist care for Indigenous clients and patients.

Read the Standard of Practice for Indigenous Cultural Safety, Cultural Humility, & Anti-Racism (PDF).

Read the CSHBC News story and Notice to the Professions about the Standard of Practice.

The development of the standard is one response to recommendations in the In Plain Sight report (PDF) published in November 2020. The report found widespread systemic racism against Indigenous peoples in the BC health care system. It also found that requirements for cultural safety and humility and addressing Indigenous-specific racism were not adequately embedded throughout policy and standards.

CSHBC is considering a broader review of the College’s professional and clinical practice standards that would, in part, look to build upon the work on the new standard. Such a review would aim to benefit all groups of people who have experienced racism, discrimination, and culturally unsafe care.

Cultural safety & humility in other CSHBC guiding documents

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 commitment to cultural safety & humility in the community

In July 2021, registrars from 11 Health Regulatory Colleges in BC, including CSHBC, 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.

In March 2017, all members of BC Health Regulators, including CSHBC, signed the Declaration of Commitment – Cultural Safety and Humility in the Regulation of Health Professionals Serving 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.

Cultural safety training

Registrants earn three Continuing Competency Credits (CCCs) for completing the San’yas Indigenous Cultural Competency Training for Health Care Providers.

The College has also committed to having all CSHBC staff complete cultural safety training. 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.

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