The College is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh Nations.
In 2017, all of BC's health regulators signed the Declaration of Commitment – Cultural Safety and Humility in the Regulation of Health Professionals. The representatives of BC's health profession regulators committed to:
Create a climate for change by:
- Articulating the pressing need to establish cultural safety as a framework to improve First Nations and Aboriginal health services in BC.
- Opening an honest, informed and convincing dialogue with all stakeholders to show that change is necessary.
- Forming a coalition of influential leaders and champions who are committed to the priority of embedding cultural humility and safety into the regulation of BC health professionals.
- Contributing to the provincial vision of a culturally safe health system as a leading strategy to enhance professional regulation in BC.
- Encouraging, supporting and enhancing cultural safety and cultural competency amongst health professionals in BC.
Engage and enable stakeholders by:
- Communicating the vision of culturally safe health profession regulation for First Nations and Aboriginal people in BC and the critical need for commitment and understanding on behalf of all stakeholders, health professionals and clients.
- Openly and honestly addressing concerns and leading by example. Identifying and removing barriers to progress.
- Monitoring and visibly celebrating accomplishments.
Implement and sustain change by:
- Encouraging and empowering our organizations' staffs, governs and volunteers to develop cultural humility and foster a culture of cultural safety.
- Facilitating processes where organizations and individuals can raise and address problems without fear of reprisal.
- Leading and enabling successive waves of actions until cultural humility and safety are embedded within all levels of health professional regulation.
- Collecting data from registrants on their Annual Licence Renewal Form about completion of the Indigenous Cultural Competency (San'yas) Training Program and providing aggregate numbers to the First Nations Health Authority.
- Collecting data from registrants on their Annual Licence Renewal Form about whether they identify as Indigenous and providing aggregate numbers to the First Nations Health Authority.
- Recognizing unceded territory in all formal regulatory proceedings.
- Requiring all board members, the senior leadership team, and employees who engage directly with the public to complete the Indigenous Cultural Competency (San'yas) Training Program.