It is time for us to reflect on the honest, uncomfortable truth that Indigenous-specific racism and prejudice is a major problem in the BC health care system. As physicians, the recent release of In Plain Sight, an investigative report led by Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, highlights what most of us already know – that racism, stereotyping and discrimination are widespread in our health system and in our communities.
The report’s 11 key findings and more than two dozen recommendations tell us that we must do better. As family doctors, we have a role in addressing systemic racism. We need to use our power and privilege to address the deep-seated racism that harms our patients, our colleagues, our friends and family. It is time for us to do more than reflect, it’s time to play an active role in leading the change we want to see in our health system.
BC Family Doctors commits to working with our partners to lead the work required to advocate for the elimination of conditions that perpetuate systemic racism.
Read the report. Let’s take on this challenge together to make our health system a safer place for Indigenous and all peoples of colour.