Cultural Safety

Mother Earth's Song

On May 24, 2019 the CDHBC Board of Directors and staff were honoured to unveil an art installation, Mother Earth’s Song, by Lekwungen artist, Darlene Gait, in the CDHBC office which is located on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen speaking peoples, the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations. This art installation represents CDHBC’s vision for cultural safety and humility in healthcare regulation represented in the modernist and traditional artistic elements of the West Coast Salish First Peoples. The West Coast Salish woman wearing a traditional dog and goat hair blanket represents the CDHBC’s authority to regulate dental hygiene in BC for the protection of the public, looking on confidently with a proactive vision for the future. The wolf represents aspects of protection, communication, and acts as a symbol of the people of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations. The mist in the form of salmon escaping the wolf’s howl represent the West Coast Salish peoples and the CDHBC’s constant renewal of operational effectiveness. The moon represents the nighttime guardian of humans which is parallel to CDHBC’s role as a regulator mandated to protect the public. The background is an image of the coastline along Dallas Road in Victoria, BC, at sunset.

"As regulated health care professionals, dental hygienists follow a Code of Ethics which states that clients are to be treated with respect for their individual values and needs. Having dental hygienists join many other health care professionals in completing cultural safety training is part of fulfilling the College's mandate of ensuring the public's access to safe and competent dental hygiene care”.
    -  Jennifer Lawrence, Registrar and CEO of the College of Dental Hygienists of BC

To learn more about how you can incorporate cultural safety into the process of dental hygiene care, please review the following Interpretation Guidelines: 
      - Cultural Safety and Humility
      - Duty to Provide Care
      - Consent of Minors to Treatment
      - Referrals by Dental Hygienists
All registered dental hygienists in BC, regardless of primary practice setting, are encouraged to complete the San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) training delivered by the Provincial Health Services Authority. Completion of this training is worth up to 10 credits towards QAP requirements and helps ensure dental hygiene services are provided in compliance with the Code of Ethics. When dental hygienists increase their knowledge of cultural safety and humility, this in part helps to ensure that all British Columbians, including Indigenous peoples in BC, can access safe and ethical dental hygiene services free from bias and discrimination.
To learn more about the course and register as a participant, please click here.
The First Nations Health Authority has produced a video regarding cultural safety in oral health care that all dental professionals should see and reflect upon. To view My dad’s unbelievable story, untold by him, please click here.