The Association of Registered Nurses of BC
Election Issues and Platforms
Aboriginal Health

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What Do Nurses Expect Government to Do?

  • Respect the findings of the Commission and take appropriate action to respond in a proactive, solutions-oriented way to the seven health recommendations.
  • Make reducing inequities for Aboriginal health a priority of the B.C. government.

Ask the Candidates!

  • What is your government's plan in upholding the recommendations put forward by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada?
  • Will you as a government, acknowledge that the health of Aboriginal British Columbians has been adversely impacted by the legacy of previous government policies, including residential schools, and will you endeavor to take a strong stand in favour of resolving the challenges faced by Aboriginal people to this day?
  • What policies and initiatives would you like to see put in place to increase the number of Aboriginal professionals working in the healthcare field?
  • Will you recognize the value that Aboriginal healing practices bring to patients, and commit to working with Aboriginal Leaders and Communities to ensure that traditional practices are readily available to all Aboriginal patients, no matter where they live in B.C.?
  • Will your government commit to a requirement that all health science students - not just nursing and medicine - must complete a course in Aboriginal health issues, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights and Indigenous teachings and practices?

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  • Implement the recommendations from Grand Chief Ed John's report.
  • Focus on improving student outcomes for First Nation children to further close the gap for high school completion and post-secondary studies with non-First Nation students.
  • Increase the number of First Nation staff in the Ministry of Children & Families and ensure that all staff are provided training regarding individual First Nation identities and cultures.
  • Focus on improving permanency planning and cultural connections for First Nation children and youth in care.
  • Implement the recommendations from Grand Chief Ed John's report.
  • Adopt the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which has been accepted by 148 nations, including the Government of Canada.
  • Accept and act on the 94 Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's final report.
  • Establish a special initiative with First Nations leaders and their communities to provide additional assistance where the impact of the overdose crisis is greatest.
  • Develop with First Nations a curriculum that reflects accurately and fairly on the rich history of the people of this land.
  • Provide support for, and work towards full course offerings in Aboriginal languages.
  • Implement the K-12 education Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report.
  • When Aboriginal children do enter care, ensure that there is a plan for every child in care to connect them with their culture and communities, and that there is a plan for permanency.
  • Ensure Delegated Aboriginal Agencies are supported to offer services at the same level offered to non-Aboriginal children.
  • Work with First Nations to set targets and take action to reduce the number of Aboriginal people facing our justice system and to reduce incarceration rates.
  • Recognize culture for its role in rehabilitation and recovery and will provide culturally diverse and appropriate programming in prisons, particularly for Aboriginal people.
  • Commit to and recognize the right to clean, safe drinking water through a renewed environmental assessment process that works with First Nations and communities to address the cumulative effects of development on ecosystems and watersheds.
  • As a part of a comprehensive anti-poverty strategy, identify strategies to address all aspects of child poverty in the province including specific actions to address poverty affecting Aboriginal children and families.