Two-year update: colleges report on progress towards dismantling racism in health care

In May 2021, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives, the College of Pharmacists of BC, and the College of Dental Surgeons of BC issued an apology to the Indigenous people and communities who have experienced racism while engaging with our colleges and with the health professionals we regulate. As part of this apology, the colleges pledged to take specific actions both within our organizations, and as partners in the broader health landscape, to address and dismantle the Indigenous-specific racism that exists within our health-care system.

Today, on National Indigenous Peoples Day, we are pleased to share this two-year update on our progress.

We recognize that practising cultural safety and humility is an ongoing journey. We are committed to continuing on a path towards dismantling the racism built into our colonial health-care system.