Our Commitment to Reconciliation
As a health care organization, PHC deeply apologizes for systemic and interpersonal racism experienced by First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples that have accessed, and are accessing, care from us. Providence is deeply committed to the process of Truth and Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and we strive to embed it in everything we do. We continue to ensure that the needs and cultural safety of Indigenous patients and residents comes first and foremost.
The Indigenous Wellness and Reconciliation Action Plan (IWRAP) is the first-of-its-kind at Providence, and is in direct support of the findings shared in the watershed report, In Plain Sight. The findings highlighted critical observations where Indigenous Peoples’ rights to health, as described in United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), are not being met in BC’s health care system.
The IWRAP guides Providence’s collective commitment to taking action. Grounded in humility, the plan’s actions are anchored to the recommendations of In Plain Sight and other key reports, to address systemic anti-Indigenous racism in the healthcare system, and advance Indigenous Wellness, Reconciliation and Human Rights.
This Action Plan outlines five-year goals with preliminary one to two-year actions. Its Foundational Principles mirror those of Mission: Forward, and describe what the principles mean in the context of Indigenous wellness and reconciliation. They guide how Providence will show up in the implementation of this action plan, and in relationships with Indigenous Peoples.