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Cultural Safety and Humility

CDSBC respectfully acknowledges our offices are located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, represented today by the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

Our Commitment

Indigenous people (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) have waited far too long for their legal rights to be recognized. And they have waited too long for health-system leaders to dismantle the racism that was built into our colonial health-care system—racism that continues to cause harm to this day.

CDSBC pledges to become anti-racist and to support the health professionals we regulate to do the same.

At CDSBC, we commit to taking specific actions as individual leaders, within our organization, and as a partner with our registrants as health care providers, to promote system change and dismantle racism.



Incorporating cultural humility into day-to-day operations

Cultural safety and humility are included in the 2019-22 strategic plan

Gathering data about the number of regulated health professionals who identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis or Inuit)

Reviewing the complaints processes with a lens of cultural safety and humility

Working to expand diversity on the Board and committees by increasing the number of participating individuals identifying as Indigenous

Promoting the San'yas Indigenous Cultural Competency Training and ongoing learning by registrants

Supporting board, committee and staff members to complete the San'yas Indigenous Cultural Competency Training

Engaging with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)
*as reported for the end of CDSBC's 2019/20 fiscal year



For further information on CDSBC's efforts to enhance cultural safety and humility in the oral health sector, please email Anita Wilks, Director of Strategy and Engagement, at

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