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Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility in Quality Improvement

Date: March 21, 2019
Filed under: Advance the Patient Voice, Cultural Safety & Humility, Improve Culture, Quality Café, Sharpen Your Skills, Webinar

BC health system partners have signed the Declaration of Commitment on Cultural Safety and Humility in Health Services with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA). The initiative was led by a landmark commitment from the BC Ministry of Health and all six health authorities in 2015. In 2017, all 21 BC Health Regulators signed the Declaration of Commitment: Cultural Safety and Humility in the Regulation of Health Professionals Serving First Nations and Aboriginal People in BC.

Cultural safety is respectful engagement that recognizes and strives to address power imbalances inherent in the health care system. It results in an environment free of racism and discrimination, where people feel safe in owning their own health and wellness journey. Cultural humility is a lifelong process of self-reflection to understand personal and systemic biases, and develop relationships based on mutual trust. This involves humbly acknowledging oneself as a learner when it comes to understanding another’s experience.

In this Quality Café, we learn how a cultural safety and humility framework provides a set of protocols for health professionals and organizations to hardwire cultural safety and humility into the health system.


Janene Erickson (Nak’azdli Whuten) Katie Skelton (Henvey Inlet)
CEO Office, Partnership Development & Projects
First Nations Health Authority

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