Each year at registration renewal, BCCNP (and its predecessor colleges) ask nurses whether they have completed the San'yas: Indigenous Cultural Safety Training. We're pleased to report that every year, hundreds more nurses in our province are completing this training.
San'yas: Indigenous Cultural Safety Training is a unique, on-line training program designed to enhance self-awareness, and strengthen the skills of those who work both directly and indirectly with Indigenous people. The goal of the training is to develop understanding and promote positive partnerships between service providers and Indigenous people.
Skilled facilitators guide and support each learner through interactive course materials. Participants examine culture, stereotyping, and the consequences and legacies of colonization. Through the program, they learn about terminology; diversity; as well as aspects of colonial history such as Indian residential schools and Indian Hospitals.
Nurses are lifelong learners who continually assess and improve their practice. The San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training program is particularly relevant in light of the
ongoing investigation into allegations of racism in our province's ERs. We encourage nurses who haven't yet done the course to consider adding it to their
professional development plan, as part of meeting their annual
Quality Assurance requirements.
BCCNP also supports its own staff to complete the training as part of their own professional development.