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Cultural Humility


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Creating a Climate fo​r Change​​ Resource Booklet

Creating a Climate for Change is based on the commitment of all provincial health care partners​ to do better when it comes to culturally safe​​ and humble care for First Nations and Aboriginal people. ​This booklet names the problem, offers definitions of key concepts, offers testimony from clients about racism in the health system, and a provides a high level overview of the Declaration of Commitment to Cultural Safety and Humility.


​​​​​​Click below for the FNHA and BC Patient Safety & Quality Council Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility Webinar Action Series!

Cultural Safety and Humility Definitions​​


Cultural safety is an outcome based on respectful engagement that recognizes and strives to address power imbalances inherent in the healthcare system. It results in an environment free of racism and discrimination, where people feel safe when receiving health care.


Cultural humility is a process of self-reflection to understand personal and systemic biases and to develop and maintain respectful processes and relationships based on mutual trust. Cultural humility involves humbly acknowledging oneself as a learner when it comes to understanding another’s experience.


Also known as structural or institutional racism, systemic racism is enacted through societal systems, structures and institutions in the form of “requirements, conditions, practices, policies or processes that maintain and reproduce avoidable and unfair inequalities across ethnic/racial groups” (Paradies et al., 2008). Systemic racism is not only enacted proactively in efforts that create racialized inequality, but also in the failure by those in power (e.g. policymakers, funders) to redress such inequalities (Reading, 2013). It is commonly manifested in social exclusion and isolation that limits or prevents political and economic participation, or access to and participation in other social systems such as education and health (Reading, 2013).

Key Drivers and Ideas for Change


System-wide change begins with every individual that works in health. This document can support health service staff and allies to achieve our collective BC health systems goal of culturally safe health services for First Nations and Aboriginal people in BC. Key Drivers and Ideas for Change offers ​practical tips and ideas for enhancing Cultural Safety in 5 areas: Values and Attitudes, Structures and Policy, Evaluation and Research, Training and Development, and Leading Practice.

FNHA’s Policy Statement on Cultural Safety and Humility

This policy statement provides the FNHA's view on creating cultural safety and humility for First Nations in the health care system. It builds a com​mon understanding of cultural safety and humilit​y for FNHA, communicates our views with our health partners and provides recommended actions to embed cultural safety into the health system across multiple levels.


Promote Cultural Humility on the Day of Wellness​





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