Cultural Safety and Humility


Infographic: Sam Bradd 

What Is Cultural Safety and Humility?
Leading a Framework for Cultural Safety and Humility
Declarations of Commitment
Cultural Safety and Humility Action Webinar Series
"#It Starts with Me" 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​What Is Cultural Safety and Humility?

Cultural safety is an outcome based on 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 when receiving health care.

Cultural hum​ility 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.
– from Creating a Climate for Change

Leading a Framework for Cultural Safety and Humility

            Declarations of ​​Commitment

            In July 2015 a movement began in which health authorities and organizations declared their commitment to embedding cultural safety and humility into their practice. 

            The BC Minister of Health, the FNHA and the CEOs from BC's six health authorities led the movement, followed in 2017 by all of the regulators that govern health professionals working in BC.

            Timeline of Decl​arations




            • BC Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions


            Cultural Safety and Humility Action Webinar Series

            These webinars were held to encourage participation, learning, self-reflection and positive change among BC's healthcare professionals. 

            The series supports the development of tools and skills for advancing cultural safety and humility and understanding and integrating this work into practice and interaction with First Nations clients.


            "It Starts with Me" Campaign

            In 2016, FNHA carried out a campaign to support health service staff in achieving the collective goal of culturally safe health services for First Nations and Aboriginal people in BC. The campaign was called #It Starts With Me. 

            The materials listed here were produced to support the initiative. These materials would be useful for any organization that wishes to carry out their own cultural safety and humility campaign.

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