CPTBC Welcomes Report From Investigation into Indigenous-specific Racism

CPTBC welcomes the In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care report, which outlines the findings and recommendations from the Addressing Racism: An Independent Investigation into Indigenous-specific Racism in BC Health Care led by Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond.

The College is committed to working with BC Health Regulators (BCHR), the Ministry of Health and other partners to consider the recommendations and take action that will support changes in the health care system to eliminate Indigenous-specific racism, systemic racism, prejudice, and discrimination.

Together, we support a health care system that provides culturally safe care and ensures that Indigenous people from across the province can access and receive health care services without discrimination.

Along with our regulatory peers at BCHR, the College signed the Declaration of Commitment – Cultural Safety and Humility in the Regulation of Health Professionals in 2017. Since then, BCHR has partnered with the First Nations Health Authority and participated in activities to advance the integration of cultural safety and humility within our organizations. The College is an active participant in the BCHR Cultural Safety Task Force.

While we are making progress, there is still more to be done to ensure that Indigenous people in B.C. consistently receive qualified, safe, and ethical care from health professionals who integrate cultural safety and humility into their practice.

Next steps

The College will be meeting with leaders from Physiotherapy Association of BC and University of BC’s Department of Physical Therapy to discuss a profession-wide approach to address the recommendations. We also encourage registrants to review the findings and recommendations in the report.