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December 1, 2022 at 8:06 am  BC, News, Politics, Provincial

Backgrounders

As noted in the progress report, some significant developments have occurred across government related to specific recommendations made in the In Plain Sight report between May 2021 and May 2022:

  • Changes have been made to the Human Rights Code of B.C. to include Indigenous identity as a protected ground for individuals from discrimination: news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021AG0073-002191
  • Changes to the Public Interest Disclosure Act now includes more public-sector employees, and these changes are being phased in with health authority employees coming under the act in June 2023: news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021AG0114-001443
  • Changes made to the Interpretation Amendment Act further support alignment with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and ensure that the interpretation of acts within B.C. must be consistent with UNDRIP and that the rights of Indigenous Peoples are not diminished through other provincial acts: news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021AG0073-002191
  • A new Anti-Racism Data Act was introduced as a step to dismantle systemic racism and discrimination faced by Indigenous, Black and people of colour. Data collected under the act will help identify gaps in programs and services, and allow government to better meet the needs of Indigenous, Black and racialized British Columbians. The act is the first of its kind in Canada to be co-developed with Indigenous Peoples: news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022PREM0027-000673
  • In alignment with Recommendation 8, the final stages of the development of the First Nations Health Authority and Health Standards Organization (FNHA-HSO) BC Cultural Safety and Humility Standard are complete.
  • Conversations are taking place regarding the improvement of Indigenous feedback and quality care systems through the In Plain Sight Task Team.
  • Many of the large capital projects in B.C., including new hospitals, are planning and designing safe spaces to support cultural practices and protocols, while strengthening their collaboration and relationships with local Indigenous communities and leaders (Recommendation 10).

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