Health-care leaders who oversee 90,000 professionals in B.C. apologize for systemic anti-Indigenous racism

The leaders of regulatory colleges overseeing more than 90,000 health-care workers in B.C. have issued a joint apology to Indigenous people who have experienced racism, discrimination and abuse in the health-care system.

Four executives from B.C.’s largest colleges, which have oversight of medical professionals ranging from dental assistants and pharmacists to nurses and surgeons, issued the apology in a statement late Tuesday.

“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,” the statement

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