Systemic racism and discrimination towards First Nations and Aboriginal people continues to be a major problem in many contemporary health care settings, often resulting in inappropriate treatment and barriers to accessing health care.
In 2017, the previous B.C. nursing colleges were three of 22 B.C. health professions to
pledge their commitment to making our health system more culturally safe for First Nations and Aboriginal people. BCCNP continues this commitment.
Increasing the level of cultural safety in the health care system through approaches such as cultural humility, cultural safety, health literacy and relationship-based care will assist in improving the quality of health services for First Nations and Aboriginal people. Nurses are well-positioned to make a difference.
BCCNP encourages you to:
In partnership and collaboration with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), BCCNP has been asked to support the data collection of current and future BC First Nations and other Aboriginal health professionals in B.C. Registrants will have the option of answering two questions on their registration renewal application in 2020.
Nurse practitioners, registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses will see the following questions when they renew their registration. These questions will be included for licensed practical nurses for renewal in 2021.
BC First Nations have a health governance partnership with the province of BC. In 2006, the parties identified “practicing certified First Nations health care professionals” as an indicator of progress of the Transformative Change Accord: First Nations Health Plan. This data will be used to inform reporting on this indicator.
Any data collected will be shared in aggregate form with FNHA.
No. Answering these questions is optional. Your eligibility for renewal of your registration will not be impacted by your responses or your choice not to respond.
If you have questions or concerns about how this information will be used or why it is being collected, we encourage you to contact the First Nations Health Authority.