Cultural safety, cultural humility and anti-racism practice standard and accompanying resources

On November 30, 2020, the Ministry of Health 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 of the In Plain Sight report showed the devastating impact Indigenous-specific racism has on health outcomes for Indigenous people in BC. The report provides evidence of the prevalence of stereotypes, discrimination, racism, and abuse experienced by Indigenous people that have created widespread fear and mistrust of the health-care system. This report set out specific recommendations to improve cultural safety in health care, within health services, and in regulation.

The expectation for physicians and surgeons to provide culturally safe and competent care will now be clarified in the College's new Indigenous Cultural Safety, Cultural Humility and Anti-racism practice standard.

Learn more about the practice standard