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Commitment to Reconciliation

As a result of colonial practices resulting in inter-generational trauma, Indigenous peoples in British Columbia continue to experience discrimination and racism when accessing care and poorer health outcomes than other residents. RCCbc is committed to understanding the history that underpins health outcomes for Indigenous people and unravelling the systemic racism embedded in our healthcare system. We commit to a regular practice of critical self-reflection of our operations, programs and services to ensure they are anti-racist and culturally aware.

Foundational resources for our reconciliation work

RCCbc is committed to advocating for equity in rural, remote and Indigenous healthcare in British Columbia. We also support rural health education improvements through collaboration, communication and ongoing relationship building.


Our work is guided by the following gold-standard resources, which were carefully crafted with input from, at times, hundreds of thousands of Indigenous peoples, scholars, academics and clinicians. They contain clear calls to action that will ensure Indigenous people and communities in British Columbia are healthy and vibrant. 


Partners in reconciliation

Our partners in this work include:First Nations Health Authority, Métis Nation BC, BC Métis Federation, Team Atleo, Harley Eagle, Bianca Mitchell, and several Elders. 

Our action on reconciliation

These are some of the actions we’ve taken to contribute to the process of reconciliation:  

  • RCCbc for Inclusion, Social Justice and Equity (RISE)
    We established this reference group, led by Drs. Todd Alec and Terri Aldred, to foster network relationships, support continued learning and growth, and champion the application of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action at RCCbc. 



Indigenous-led or co-created health projects & initiatives at RCCbc

  • Indigenous Physicians Network
    The Indigenous Physicians Network engages and provides opportunities for connection among Indigenous students, residents, physicians and health allies across British Columbia. 


  • Compassionate Leadership
    The Compassionate Leadership Community of Practice and its training program is led by Shawn and Heather Atleo. The training is grounded in Indigenous and Western pedagogy and instills connective, empathic skills in rural health leaders.


  • Rural Site Visits
    An Indigenous research consultant guides the Rural Site Visits team in incorporating Indigenous ways of knowing, being and thinking into its operations, community engagement practices and research.


  • Real-Time Virtual Support
    In partnership with First Nations Health Authority, Real-Time Virtual Support offers numerous virtual clinical pathways for healthcare providers and patients in Indigenous communities to enhance access to timely, quality, culturally safe healthcare services.


  • UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development
    RCCbc contributes to the work of UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development’s Rural CPD Indigenous Patient-Led CPD program, which brings rural Indigenous community members and rural physicians together for Nation-led cultural safety education.  

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