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Province provides update on work addressing racism in B.C. health care

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:21 PST, Thu December 1, 2022

The Ministry of Health has released a progress report on government's steps to address Indigenous-specific racism in B.C.'s health-care system, as recommended in the In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in BC Health Care report.

Government is committed to advancing reconciliation with Indigenous people. Eradicating Indigenous-specific racism in British Columbia remains a top priority.

"To mark the second anniversary of the In Plain Sight report, we are releasing a snapshot of progress made on the recommendations in the first year after the release of the report," said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. "I'm proud of what we've accomplished in this short time, but recognize much more needs to be done. I look forward to continuing this work with Indigenous leaders, health-system partners, and health authorities throughout B.C."

The progress report is the first of its kind and has been informed by the collective work of many organizations throughout the province, including health authorities, colleges, and regulatory bodies, the Métis Nation BC, the First Nations Health Authority, and internal ministry partners. It highlights progress made on recommendations contained in the In Plain Sight report and will serve as a road map for future government activity, since it highlights both where progress has been made and where further efforts are needed.

Dix said: "While B.C. has made important progress, there is much more work to do to eradicate Indigenous-specific racism, foster cultural humility, and create cultural safety to support improved health outcomes for all Indigenous people in B.C. The province remains absolutely committed to implementing all 24 recommendations of In Plain Sight, and we will continue to work together with Indigenous Peoples, all orders of government, health-system partners, individuals, service providers, regulatory bodies, and health-system leadership to make this commitment a reality."

To read the In Plain Sight progress report, visit gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/aboriginal-health/reports-publications.

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