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B.C. nurses encouraged to complete San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training


Aug 27, 2020

​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.

What's the course about?

The 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.

Continuous professional development

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.

Number of nurses who have completed the training

Class/
Year

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Total

LPN

868

582

634

2,026

50

4,160

NP

167

61

47

38

55

368

RN

6,006

3,302

2,673

3,335

5,653

20,969

RPN

N/A

N/A

11

835

564

1,410

Year Total

7,041

3,945

3,365

6,234

6,322

26,907