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Focus Group Participant, BC First Nations, Métis and Inuit Cultural Safety and Humility Standard for Public Review

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Commitment: Short-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Provincial Region

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Volunteer Opportunity
This is an opportunity for Indigenous Patient and Family partners in BC to provide feedback in a focus group on the draft standard for BC Cultural Safety and Humility. The standard has been developed in collaboration with Indigenous peoples and aims to address Indigenous-specific racism and improve cultural safety in the BC health system.


Lead Organization/Department
First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and the Health Standards Organization (HSO)

Recommendation 8 of the In Plain Sight report recommends to proactively engage with Indigenous peoples, before the standard is published. The voice of First Nations, Métis and Inuit users of healthcare is important to hear to make the health system a safer place for all. As a patient and family partner, you will have a chance to comment in the focus group on the standard and the sections which are most relevant to you.

Level of Engagement
This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns, and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.

• Ability to join a meeting remotely by Zoom
• Willing to provide feedback on the standard such as: Is the standard clear? is there something missing?
– Must identify as First Nations, Metis or Inuit

• Number of vacancies: Unlimited
• Location, Date, Time and Frequency:
– Sessions will be held virtually by Zoom
– You are invited to attend the following session:
September 23 Noon – 14:00 (if this date does not work for you please RSVP and indicate this in your response)

If there are costs associated with accessing the internet for zoom, please inform Cathy Almost (contact information below).

If you would prefer to provide feedback but not attend the focus group, you may provide feedback directly on HSO website by clicking on this link

Patient and family partners play an important role in the development of HSO standards. Three PVN Indigenous patient partners are on the Technical Committee developing the standard. FNHA and HSO value the input from additional Indigenous patient and family partners during this public review.

• The session will be co-facilitated by a FNHA Quality team member and a HSO Patient Partner lead from HSO.
• Background information on the standard and the actual standard can be found at this link and the news release at this link.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Cathy Almost
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Northern Region

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Laura Palmer

It has been so rewarding to go from an idea to working with such a great group of dedicated people from so many different organizations towards a very fun and rewarding project. Several extremely engaged PVN members expressed interest in being part of piloting a patient virtual care peer support system. I am confident that this is the beginning of many more exciting collaborations!