Cultural Safety and Humility


​Cultural Safety and Humility Standard • Framework for Cultural Safety and Humility​​​​​ • Declarations of Commitment • Webinar Series • #ItStartsWithMe • ​​Trauma-Informed ​and Culturally Safe Care

​​​ ​Cultural Safety and Humility Standa​rd

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) partnered with Health Standards Organization (HSO) to bring together a BC First Nations-led Cultural Safety and Humility Technical Committee to oversee the development of a HSO 75000:2022 (E) British Columbia Cultural Safety and Humility standard.​


Framework for 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-reflectio​n 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.

            Territory Acknowled​gements Information Booklet

            This guide will answer some common questions around why and how to acknowledge traditional First Nations territor​ies in British Columbia (BC), and share wise practices from institutions across BC and Canada on how to move beyond just recognition to create concrete and systemic improvements in settler-First Nations relationships.

            ​​Resource Library

            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





            C​ultural Safety and Humility Action Webinar Series

            These webinars were held to encourage participation, learning, self-reflection and p​​​ositive 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.

            Paddling Toget​​​her: Trauma-Informed and Culturally Safe Care

            This report aims to guide health service organizations in implementing culturally safe and trauma-informed care. It is an example of a novel, community-driven model of engagement with Indigenous communities that can improve cultural safety and humility in research and knowledge exchange. The authors hope that the model will inspire and inform more ethical ways of engaging with Indigenous people and communities that places their priorities and needs at the centre of the work. 

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