The Order of Nurses of Quebec seeks to fight systemic racism against Indigenous communities

MONTREAL РThe Ordre des infirmi̬res et infirmiers du Qu̩bec (OIIQ) says it wants to tackle systemic racism in the health network against Indigenous people.

In a press release, the Order says it wants to promote nursing practices that promote humility, cultural safety and foster partnership and trust.

The president of the OIIQ, Luc Mathieu, explains that the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of Joyce Echaquan in a hospital in Joliette a little over a year ago have sounded the death knell for many in the network.

He now says the Order must ensure that a person’s dignity or right to receive the care they deserve is never compromised.

As a result, the College says it is committed to establishing a task force that includes Indigenous voices, to monitor both individualized and systemic racism.

It also intends to strengthen its various committees to reflect diversity, in particular by inviting people from indigenous communities to participate.

The Order says it wants to ask its professional review committee to consider evaluating the level of knowledge of its members in matters of cultural safety in a professional context.

In addition, the OIIQ indicates that it will set up training activities with Aboriginal communities to develop skills in cultural safety.

– This report by La Presse Canadienne was first published in French on November 10, 2021.

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