Track A: Effective Governance Professionals
Session 6A: Racism at board and committee tables: How to create safe spaces
BCCNM worked with a First Nation consulting company and 8 other health regulatory colleges in BC to conduct research to answer the question: “What is required to address Indigenous-specific racism and ensure cultural safety within regulatory boards and committees?” We recognized that our boards and committees’ work was not always safe for Indigenous members but were not sure how or why.
This presentation will share our findings where brave Indigenous board and committee members shared their experiences of unsafety; college staff engaged in learning around how racism and white privilege and supremacy are currently hardwired into regulatory governance structures, policies, practices, norms, and values; and an audit was conducted of the nine colleges governance polices.
The presentation will share the experiences of participants, the learnings obtained throughout the series, Indigenous teachings that were gifted during the research, examples of racist behaviours or triggering incidents that occurred during the sessions, a summary of the policy audit, as well as the six expectations for action which are articulated in the final deliverable: Playbook to Eliminate Indigenous-Specific Racism & White Supremacy in BC Health College Governance.
Speakers: Louise Aerts, Chief Officer, Strategy, Governance and Reconciliation, BC College of Nurses and Midwives; Joe Gallagher, Principal, Qoqoq Consulting, from Tla'amin Nation; Rhianna Millman, Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility Consultant, BCCNM