Lhéq’lomet Education Project

**VIEWING NOTE** The materials on this page touch on potentially distressing subject matter. It is recommended that you review it in a safe, quiet space and allow time for reflection afterwards.


Please watch this three-minute video with Roy Henry Vickers, First Nations Artist, Author, Storyteller, holder of the Order of BC and the Order of Canada. This powerful video shares Roy’s personal story of the dental abuse he experienced as a child and provides a powerful example to inspire oral health professionals to commit to Indigenous Anti-Racism, Cultural Safety and Humility (IARCS&H) learning to collectively create a new era of anti-racist, trauma-informed oral health services for Indigenous peoples.

Introducing A New Dawn – A visual representation of this learning journey

The College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia is honoured to present A New Dawn, created by Roy Henry Vickers. Roy's father was a fisherman of three northwest coast First Nations ancestries: Tsimshian, Haida, Heiltsuk. Roy's mother was a schoolteacher whose parents had immigrated to Canad from England. CDHBC is grateful to have worked in collaboration with Roy to create A New Dawn, which tells the story of IARCS&H education for regulated oral health care professionals in what is now commonly called British Columbia. Each element of the artwork carries significant meaning, which Roy explains in a three-minute video, different from the one above.

Your Lhéq’lomet​ Toolkit
CDHBC is providing a toolkit to support all registrants to engage in meaningful and relevant Indigenous Anti-Racism, Cultural Safety and Humility (IARCS&H) learnings as part of regular professional development. As part of this learning journey, registrants are encouraged to complete a minimum of four Continuing Competency (CC) credits in IARCS&H learning per five-year QAP cycle. Please take the time to read the entire toolkit in a thoughtful way.

This toolkit has been thoughtfully designed in consultation with experts including a subject matter expert with lived Indigenous experience. CDHBC registrants are strongly encouraged to use the tools within this toolkit document to reflect on gaps in IARCS&H knowledge, explore recommended opportunities for learning and development, and develop a plan to complete at least four CC credits of IARCS&H learning per five-year QAP cycle.

A self-reflection guide (found on page 13 of the toolkit) has been created as part of the Indigenous Anti-Racism, Cultural Safety & Humility Education Project so registrants can reflect on their learning so far and identify gaps in their knowledge.

Continuing Competency (CC) credits
IARCS&H learning earns registrants Continuing Competency (CC) credits. Completion of the following activities together as a set bundle is eligible for at least one CC credit for IARCS&H learning, with credit given hour-for-hour:

  • Watch the three-minute CDHBC video featuring Roy Henry Vickers
  • Complete the Self-Reflection Learning and Development Guide on page 13 in the toolkit
  • Review the list of examples of recognized IARCS&H learning experiences including Indigenous learning experiences on pages 18 - 20 of the toolkit
  • Review the guidance for selecting meaningful and appropriate IARCS&H learning experiences on pages 17 of the toolkit
  • Develop a plan for a relevant and meaningful IARCS&H learning and development journey, as outlined on page 14 of the toolkit

By watching the video and completing the self-reflection guide, oral health professionals begin to learn about the history of Indigenous dental abuse, trauma, and racism in oral health services. They can begin to assess gaps in knowledge and develop a process of meaningful self-reflection and professional development planning.

More About the Lhéq’lomet​ Education Project
The College’s new Lhéq’lomet Education Project has been created to enhance culturally safe care for Indigenous clients. The project provides learning opportunities for registrants about the harm Indigenous peoples in Canada have suffered in the past, including medical and dental abuse, as well as the ongoing harm, racism, and discrimination they experience in BC’s healthcare system today.

This education project honours our 2017 Declaration of Commitment – Cultural Safety and Humility in the Regulation of Health Professionals Serving First Nations and Aboriginal People in British Columbia. It also honours our commitment to “provide resources to registrants to improve ICSH in their practice” in the Joint Statement of Apology and Commitments to Action that the College signed in July 2021.

Support Resources During This Journey
Content in Indigenous Anti-Racism, Cultural Safety and Humility learning experiences will often include information about the violent colonization of Indigenous peoples and the lands now commonly called Canada. Topics can include residential schools and their impacts on oral health and other sensitive topics. If you or anyone you know needs support, consider reaching out to:

  • National Residential School Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419
  • Mental Health and Wellness Support for Indigenous Peoples Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Program: 1-866-925-4419
  • KUU-US Crisis Line Society (British Columbia): 1-800-588-8717
  • Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport for mental health resources: https;//ww.ccmhs-ccsms.ca/mental-health-resources-1