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Dismantle Racism in Health Care: First Anniversary Report from Health-system Leaders

May 11, 2022

One year ago today, the four largest health regulatory colleges in British Columbia issued an apology to Indigenous Peoples and communities for the racism prevalent in our healthcare system.

As the leaders of these colleges, we are grateful to report on our actions and accomplishments for the past year. Both collaboratively and individually, we have made strides towards becoming anti-racist and supporting the health professionals we regulate to do the same. This ongoing work is guided by Indigenous Elders and professionals, the recommendations from the In Plain Sight report, and legal and ethical requirements.

Nevertheless, we recognize that upholding Indigenous rights, eliminating racism within the healthcare system, and earning the trust of Indigenous Peoples requires consistent and persistent concrete actions. We further recognize that practising cultural safety and humility, and using this knowledge to change practice, is an ongoing journey. Together with our partners, our path towards dismantling the racism built into our colonial healthcare system will continue.


Cynthia Johansen
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives

Regulatory college for BC's 63,000 licensed practical nurses, registered midwives, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and registered psychiatric nurses

Suzanne Solven
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

College of Pharmacists of British Columbia

Regulatory college for BC's 9,000 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians

Dr. Chris Hacker
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia

Regulatory college for BC's 11,000 certified dental assistants, dental therapists, and dentists

Dr. Heidi Oetter
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia

Regulatory college for BC's 14,000 physicians and surgeons