BC Renal respects the values, cultures, and self-determination of Indigenous peoples, and is committed to the co-development of an Indigenous cultural safety strategy in kidney care.
This page highlights the work underway to improve kidney care for Indigenous peoples in BC.
We are committed to:
- Advancing cultural safety and humility, free of bias and Indigenous-specific racism in the health system; and
- Closing the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people with or at risk of chronic kidney disease in BC, resulting in improved health outcomes and experience for Indigenous peoples.
- Supporting initiatives that promote kidney-specific care for Indigenous communities, primarily through BC Renal partners.
Promoting Indigenous cultural safety education and training among all BC Renal staff, contractors, patient partners, and other network members.
- Kidney Check: Identifying kidney disease and diabetes in Indigenous communities
- BC Renal is collaborating with the Can-SOLVE CKD network, First Nations Health Authority, and health authority renal programs to carry out a screening program to rural and remote Indigenous communities. The program works with each person to build a kidney health plan that includes follow-up care or goals for kidneys wellness.
- BRIDGE to Transplantation
- BC Renal is collaborating with BC Transplant and the BRIDGE to Transplantation initiative on developing a new website focused on storytelling and Indigenous ways of knowing.
With the insight and support of PHSA Indigenous Health, continuing to develop an Indigenous cultural safety strategy in kidney care.
- San’yas Core Indigenous Cultural Safety Health Training.
- BC Renal has embedded the training into our organizational action plan, supporting all leaders, staff, affiliated researchers, patient partners, and provincial committee chairs/leads to complete it.
- Land Acknowledgement Video and Webinar Learning Series
- BC Renal collaborated with the Can-SOLVE CKD network (including 10 Indigenous Knowledge Keepers from across Canada) to develop a set of webinars and a guidebook to support authentic, purposeful territorial land acknowledgements. Dissemination of this learning series is ongoing across the BC Renal network.
- Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj Learning Pathway
- BC Renal continues to work with Indigenous patients, researchers and Knowledge Keepers in the Can-SOLVE CKD network on socializing the pathway to support ongoing journeys of looking, listening, learning and leading in health research among non-Indigenous and Indigenous researchers, policy makers and patient partners.
- BC Renal Indigenous Pre-strategy Development
- The pre-strategy will focus on strengthening cultural competency across the renal network and building authentic and respectful relationships with Indigenous health partners and communities.