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During National Indigenous History Month, PHC encourages ongoing learning towards cultural safety and humility

June is National Indigenous History Month, an opportunity to honor and recognize the rich and diverse cultures, languages and traditions of Indigenous Peoples across Canada. Most importantly, it is a month to celebrate the strength and resiliency of First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, families and individuals.

Providence Health Care (PHC) has made the bold commitment to embed Truth and Reconciliation in everything we do—and this year we launched our Indigenous Wellness and Reconciliation Action Plan.


Red Dress Day: On National Day of Awareness, Providence honors missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, 2SLGBTQQIA+ people

May 5 marks Red Dress Day, the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG)—this day honors the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. On this day, Indigenous families, communities and organizations across the country display and hang out red dresses to symbolize the loss of their mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and other family members that never came home. As the dresses are empty, they evoke the missing women and girls who should be wearing them. The color red has spiritual significance to Indigenous Peoples: for some it is a part of a First Nations Medicine Wheel, for others, it symbolizes lifeblood and powerful emotions; still more see red as embodying power and reminding us of those women who came before us.   


PHC Acknowledges Indigenous Nurses on Inaugural BC Indigenous Nurses Day

On April 10, the inaugural BC Indigenous Nurses Day, Providence Health Care expresses its appreciation and support of all Indigenous nurses serving in BC, who are integral partners in championing cultural safety and humility in health care in the province. They are working to change the health care system to one that is culturally safe and free of anti-Indigenous racism. READ MORE. 

New Pregnancy, Birthing and Newborn Centre website now live

The Maternity Centre has launched a new website that showcases the inclusive, accessible, and comprehensive maternity care services offered at St. Paul’s Hospital. To better reflect this work, the Centre has also renamed itself the Pregnancy, Birthing and Newborn Centre. 

The new website, organized based on feedback from past St. Paul’s Hospital maternity patients and other new parents, is designed to be warm and welcoming. The language throughout is patient-centred and, as much as possible, gender-neutral.



The Indigenous Wellness Program at Providence Health Care supports self-identified Indigenous patients and families by providing access to traditional cultural practices and community supports. READ MORE.