Our Commitment to Reconciliation
TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION
Providence Health Care is committed to delivering culturally safe and appropriate care, and advancing and improving health and wellness outcomes for indigenous peoples in BC. We begin this work in the spirit of reconciliation and intentional humility.
DECLARATION OF COMMITMENT TO CULTURAL SAFETY & HUMILITY
On September 26, 2017, Providence Health Care’s leadership signed a Declaration of Commitment to Cultural Safety and Humility, in recognition of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada’s Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Recognizing a mutual need and opportunity to better serve the health and wellness needs of First Nations and indigenous peoples in BC, Providence Health Care and the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) entered into a collaborative partnership in 2017, to build on the networks, resources, services and shared values of the respective organizations and infrastructure. In this partnership, PHC signed the Declaration of Cultural Safety and Humility in support of the FNHA’s #itstartswithme policy statement.
Our Aim for Indigenous Wellness at PHC:
- We envision a future where Providence Health Care (PHC) is Canada’s leading faith-based healthcare organization in indigenous wellness grounded in the principles of truth and reconciliation. We envision a future where the New St. Paul’s Hospital can emerge as a leader in wellness and cultural safety, realized through genuine and sustained engagement with indigenous patients, family members, First Nations, and community partners, for the design and delivery of redeveloped infrastructure and services, on and off-campus, through all of PHC’s programs and services.
- We are motivated and inspired by PHC’s mission-driven commitment to “compassion and social justice.” Our ability to advance issues of social justice is also congruent with and inspired by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. We are committed to delivering culturally safe and appropriate care, and advancing and improving health and wellness outcomes for all indigenous peoples.
Angela White, St. Paul's Hospital Volunteer