In Canada, Indigenous people and people of colour are negatively impacted by systemic inequities in social inclusion, personal health, and access to and quality of health and social services. We also know that Indigenous people and people of colour have been over-represented in statistics on those who experience violence across Canada. For example, Indigenous women are 3.5 times more likely to experience violence than non-Indigenous women. This is an important and urgent health care issue.
Family physicians have a role to play in addressing the systemic racism that Indigenous people and people of colour face every day. Family physicians cannot treat the immediate health concerns of their patients without understanding and addressing the underlying social and economic factors that give rise to poor health.
Health care professionals must take steps to eliminate the systemic barriers that prevent Indigenous people and people of colour from accessing the same services and care that are available to most Canadians. Some of these barriers are our own biases, which we must acknowledge and root out.
The BCCFP is committed to promoting cultural safety and humility in the practice of family medicine. In November 2019, we signed the BC First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) Declaration of Commitment to Cultural Safety and Humility, signaling our shared intention to advance Cultural Safety and Humility among family physicians involved in the delivery of health services to First Nations and Indigenous Populations in BC.
We urge our members to review the available resources and consider how you can enhance your delivery of culturally safe care. We must all be actively anti-racist.
Visit the Cultural Safety and Humility section of our website for resources specific to Indigenous cultural safety and humility.
Visit the Anti-Racism section of our website for further resources
**BCCFP members can also join BCCFP’s Indigenous Physician Lead, Dr. Rebekah Eatmon, for a webinar series aimed at deepening family physicians’ understanding of cultural safety and humility.
We recognize that our Board is not yet reflective of the diversity of our membership. We invite members from under-represented groups to apply and urge members to reach out to their colleagues and support their nominations.