Optional Indigenous Self-Identification During Registration Renewal

On November 30, 2020, former judge and Representative for Children and Youth in BC, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond concluded their investigation into Indigenous-specific racism in the BC health care sector and released their final report with the Ministry of Health of British Columbia: In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-Specific Racism and Discrimination in BC Health Care. This in-depth report details the many systems of colonialism working to create environments of racism and discrimination resulting in unsafe health care services for Indigenous peoples in BC.

CDHBC is one of 11 health profession regulators in BC who have pledged a commitment to making the BC health care system culturally safe for Indigenous peoples as outlined in a Joint Statement of Apology and Commitments to Action signed in July 2021. As part of meeting this commitment, the College endeavours to gather information to better understand its registrants’ demographics.

To assist the College in gathering this information, registrants will have the option of answering a few questions on their registration renewal application starting in 2022. Dental hygienists will have the option to self-identify as Indigenous and also indicate whether they would be interested in being contacted by the College about opportunities to provide perspectives on regulatory issues. Answering these questions is optional and will not affect the outcome of the renewal application in any way.

Anonymized information gathered from registrants’ answers to these questions may be shared in aggregate form with stakeholders such as the First Nations Health Authority, the Ministry of Health, universities, associations, and others to inform program development and initiatives. CDHBC may also use this information to review its processes and programs to better meet the unique needs of Indigenous peoples, including dental hygienists who identify as Indigenous.