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