UBC 23 24 Indigenous Cultural Safety
The Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health’s UBC 23 24 Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) Program aims to prepare future health care professionals to provide quality, culturally safe care, ultimately leading to improved health outcomes for Indigenous peoples.
What does 23 & 24 mean?
UBC 23 24 ICS has been developed as part of a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 94 Calls to Action:
#23: We call upon all levels of government to:
- Increase the number of Aboriginal professionals working in the health-care field.
- Ensure the retention of Aboriginal health-care providers in Aboriginal communities.
- Provide cultural competency training for all health-care professionals.
#24: We call upon medical and nursing schools in Canada to require all students to take a course dealing with 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. This will require skill-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.