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​​​​​Declaration of Commitment to Cultural Safety and Humility

Our Declaration of Commitment to Cultural Safety and Humility is an important step towards advancing cultural safety and humility among regulated health professionals who are involved in the delivery of health services to First Nations and Aboriginal people in British Columbia.​

On March 1, 2017, health professions regulators in B.C. became the first in Canada to pledge their commitment to making our health system more culturally safe and effective for First Nations and Aboriginal peoples.

​The declaration has three main pillars:

  • creating a climate for change;
  • engaging and enabling stakeholders; and
  • implementing and sustaining change.

P​rogress

​Complete or in​​ progress*

  • Incorporating cultural humility into day-to-day operations
  • Cultural safety and humility are included in the 2019-22 strategic plan
  • Gathering data about the number of regulated health professionals who identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis or Inuit)
  • Reviewing the complaints processes with a lens of cultural safety and humility
  • Working to expand diversity on the Board and committees by increasing the number of participating individuals identifying as Indigenous
  • Promoting the San’yas Indigenous Cultural Competency Training and ongoing learning by registrants
  • Supporting board, committee and staff members to complete the San’yas Indigenous Cultural Competency Training
  • Engaging with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)​
*as reported for the end of CDSBC's 2019/20 fiscal year


For more information about the declaration and the progress made by BC Health Regulators, see the document ​​Three years in: A report on the achievements following the signing of the Declaration of Commitment to Cultural Safety and Humility (PDF) at www.bchealthregulators.ca.​

San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program

As a signatory to the Declaration of Commitment, CDSBC commits to promoting the value of cultural safety training to the professionals we regulate.

The Provincial Health Services Authority has developed a facilitated online training program designed to increase knowledge, enhance self-awareness, and strengthen the skills of those who work both directly and indirectly with Aboriginal people. The San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program is available for both clinical and non-clinical professionals. All CDSBC board members have committed to taking this course. Learn more at: http://www.sanyas.ca/training/british-columbia/core-ics-health ​​