Doctors of BC and the Joint Collaborative Committees recently hosted a Truth and Reconciliation ceremony to honour our commitment to walking with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples on our collective journey to ensure Indigenous patients have access to culturally safe health care. This ceremony was the start of several upcoming opportunities for physicians to learn, listen and engage with First Nations communities in the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation.
WATCH: Truth and Reconciliation ceremony honours commitment to culturally safe care for Indigenous patients.
As a representation of our commitment, we worked with Indigenous artist sɬə́məxʷ Rain Pierre to design an art print that can be displayed in medical offices across BC to create a welcoming space for Indigenous patients. This artwork is meant to inspire conversations, show support, and signify the importance of culturally safe care.
At the ceremony, the artwork was unveiled and Rain spoke about his personal journey and the meaning behind the piece. Attendees also experienced healing from the Xwelmexw Shxwexwo (Salish Thunderbirds), heard from Elders and Indigenous leaders, and an emotional and poignant talk from residential school survivor Tey-U-Tun Cyril Pierre.
WATCH: Rain Pierre describes artwork and symbolic meaning behind the imagery
A print of Rain’s artwork is now available to every doctor and medical practice in British Columbia. A symbol of belonging and safety, displaying this piece in your practice is one way to show you are committed to the provision of culturally safe health care for Indigenous patients. To request a print to be mailed to your practice or office, please complete this form.
In the coming months, there will be many more opportunities for physicians to learn more about Indigenous culture, protocols and history and to connect with Indigenous healthcare providers. We will be hosting longhouse sessions in partnership with First Nations communities, as well as Indigenous-led cultural safety webinars, and a compassionate leadership program for physicians.
Stay tuned for more information on how to get involved in these events.