Indigenous Cultural Safety at PHC

Providence Health Care is dedicated to enhancing our services to ensure culturally safe experiences for Indigenous patients and families and further our work in PHC’s Declaration of Commitment to Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility within health services signed in 2017 in partnership with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA).


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.

Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program – COMING SOON!

An in-house Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) Training Program is currently under development, which will be made available to all staff and medical staff at PHC.

The in-house Training Program consists of 3 levels of learning to support individuals on their cultural safety and humility journey: 1) Foundational; 2) Intermediate; and, 3) Advanced & Lifelong Learning. The course is designed to provide learners with education and training over a period of 8-12 months to complete the program and will complement existing provincial educational offerings.