We will know that we have achieved cultural safety when the voice of the people receiving our services tell us we have.
#itstartswithme FNHA’s Policy Statement on Cultural Safety and Humility
In March 2020, the Indigenous Advisory Committee (IAC) was established to advise the British Columbia Office of Patient-Centred Measurement and the British Columbia Patient-Centred Measurement (PCM) Steering Committee.
The IAC explores how Indigenous knowledge, experiences and ways of knowing can inform and decolonize current PCM processes (i.e., survey tool selection and development, data collection processes, analysis, reporting and dissemination and on Indigenous ways of knowing). Further, the IAC will help to prioritize PCM related matters impacting First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.
With great humility, the OPCM acknowledges that until now, no such process existed to ensure Indigenous representation and leadership to lead to meaningful change in patient-centred measurement. The OPCM commits to ensuring this takes place to move towards decolonizing colonial methods and processes in patient-centred measurement.
For more information about the development of the IAC’s ‘Intentions and Agreements’ that serves as an example of how to decolonize and Indigenize the Terms of Reference of a committee click here.
The IAC will guide how PCM is conducted in British Columbia with Indigenous Peoples. IAC members will have reciprocal learning opportunities, individually and collectively, about existing PCM methods and the application of Indigenous methodologies to PCM. These learning opportunities may be presented through peers, networking, contributing to materials shared provincially, nationally and internationally, and where there is interest, to be involved in writing journal articles for publication to a broader audience.
To date the IAC has discussed and advised on many areas of PCM work including; development of a cultural safety module of survey questions, culturally safer approaches for survey item testing (via cognitive interviews), and report planning.
For more information about the development of questions addressing Indigenous Cultural Safety from the patient perspective click here.
Updated October 2021