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


The College acknowledges that these standards were written and developed on the unceded territories of: the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking peoples – xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations; and the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh-ulh Sníchim-speaking peoples – Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) Nation whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

The College is grateful to everyone who provided feedback and input throughout the development process and recognizes the following Indigenous partners for their leadership:

  • aǰɛmaθot (Davis McKenzie) of Tla’amin Nation
  • k'ʷunəmɛn (Joe Gallagher) of Tla’amin Nation
  • Tlesla II (Dr. Evan Adams)
  • Sulksun (Shane Pointe) of Musqueam Nation

To develop this practice standard, the College engaged in extensive consultation with a number of key audiences, including Indigenous patients and registrants, the First Nations Health Authority, and many others. The College offers thanks and appreciation to everyone who provided feedback and input throughout this development process.

The College is especially grateful to the Indigenous registrants and patients who took the time to participate in the virtual discussion circles to share their thoughts on the practice standard and its implementation.

Finally, the College would like to pay tribute to one virtual discussion circle participant in particular, Bill Blackwater of Gitxsan Nation, who passed away shortly after the discussion circle. Bill’s words were moving and his participation had a true impact on the development of the practice standard.

Development process

This practice standard was developed in collaboration with the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).

The colleges were led by two experienced advisors to ensure Indigenous voices and perspectives were involved throughout the process. The standard underwent two extensive consultations, allowing for the initial draft principles to evolve into a robust practice standard.

The consultation process on the practice standard was extensive as the colleges understood the importance of reflecting on Indigenous Peoples experiences and collaborating with them during the drafting process.

    The colleges also reviewed multiple reports, including:

    This was important in ensuring that the work done by others and the lessons learned through other engagement processes could be built upon.

    Learn more about the standard’s accompanying learning resources