Having declared, along with 22 other regulatory bodies in BC, the need to make the health system more culturally safe for First Nations and Aboriginal People, the College committed to the dismantling of this persistent colonial legacy.
Specifically, the College will partner with Indigenous peoples to develop strategies and services within the context of TCM and acupuncture, treatments that enable the delivery of services that recognize the need for Indigenous cultural safety and humility and the elimination of Indigenous-specific racism. Further, the College committed to deep, active listening to both Indigenous healthcare providers and patients.
As an opportunity to engage with an Indigenous representative and learn and reflect deeply on Indigenous history and issues, more than 25 Board and Committee Members and College staff, participated in a four-day Indigenous Cultural Safety Education workshop in March and April of this year.
Titled ”The Colonial Narrative: It’s in the Past, Just Get Over It!“, the workshop was facilitated by Ms. Vanessa Mitchell, an Indigenous Cultural Safety Consultant from the Okanagan/Syilx community and Nation. Participants learned about colonization and Indigenous Peoples in Canada, reflecting on how the colonial narrative and ideologies impact Canadian culture today. The workshop title, of course, was a tongue-in-cheek observation that the impact of the colonial narrative is not something of the past. It is very much an active issue and calls on each of us to take action, as made clear in the “In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care” report published in November 2020.
Healthcare providers and practitioners in all professions are encouraged to learn more about cultural safety and humility. As powerful agents of change, healthcare professionals are encouraged to make personal commitments to changing the way they work in their own practices.
The College is collaborating with other health regulatory colleges to develop a set of Indigenous cultural safety and humility standards that will make the importance of diversity and inclusion clear to practitioners and the public, and best serve all communities and cultures.
If you identify as Indigenous and/or if you regularly work with Indigenous populations in your practice, we would like to hear your perspectives.
Please send an email to [email protected] with the subject line “Cultural Safety and Humility in TCM/Acupuncture”. The College will be in touch and will look forward to your input as we take action for cultural safety and humility in the context of the TCM and acupuncture profession.