In November of 2020, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki-kwe) released the report, In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care. The Indigenous-led report presents clear evidence of interpersonal and systemic racism in the British Columbia healthcare system, and that racism contributes to harm, poor health system performance, and inequitable outcomes for Indigenous patients.
This event will begin with an overview of relevant reports and data, including from In Plain Sight and Sacred and Strong: Upholding our Matriarchal Roles – The Health and Wellness Journeys of BC First Nations Women and Girls. This will clearly describe the calls to action made to the health system in BC to better support Indigenous women’s well-being.
Discussion will be held on what progress has been made against these calls to action, and what other jurisdictions are doing to support Indigenous women’s health and wellness. Discussion will also be held on the role of Indigenous women in leadership in creating supportive healthcare systems, strategies to address inequity and support women’s wellness, and the necessary supports and accountabilities to permanently embed the change. This will include what conditions of success need to be created for Indigenous women to fully occupy leadership roles in healthcare, and building coalitions for change amongst the Indigenous women in healthcare leadership today.