Cultural safety standard will force health care accountability for Indigenous peoples in B.C. – Vernon Morning Star

Dec. 12, 2022

New guide comes alongside findings of widespread anti-Indigenous racism

The First Nation Health Authority in British Columbia has partnered with the national Health Standards Organization to develop a guide of behaviours and expectation of quality as the professional benchmark for cultural safety and humility in health care.

The result is a first-of-its-kind Cultural Safety and Humility Standard (CSHS) to be used as a tool to end Indigenous-specific racism in the B.C. health-care system.

This partnership began in 2018, said Dr. Nel Wieman, (Anishinaabe), the deputy chief medical officer at FNHA. She co-chaired the technical committee that created the new CSHS standard.

The work began two years before the In Plain Sight report, which documented widespread racism in B.C.’s health-care system toward Indigenous people.

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