B.C. health authorities acknowledge racism and discrimination toward Indigenous people have recently been flagged as an area of concern by provincial health authorities.On Dec. 1, a report entitled “In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care” was released in a joint statement by Interior Health, Fraser Health, Island Health, Northern Health, Providence Health Care and Provincial Health Services, and Vancouver Coastal Health to raise awareness about the issue in partnership with the Ministry of Health.
The purpose of issuing the report was to raise awareness about widespread Indigenous stereotyping and racist discrimination that occurs within the provincial health-care system. The joint statement included a written apology to Indigenous people who have had poor experiences in health care facilities and for those who did not receive action when wrong-doings occurred as well as acknowledgement of Indigenous employees and physicians that may have experienced discrimination.
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