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Getting There from Here: Realizing Healthcare Equity and Safety for Indigenous Populations in BC

In November 2020, In Plain Sight was published documenting the findings of a review into racism, stereotyping and discrimination against Indigenous peoples in the B.C. health care system. The report makes 24 recommendations to uphold Indigenous human rights, increase cultural safety in health care, and achieve substantive equality in health outcomes. In Plain Sight calls upon the B.C. government and the health care system, in collaboration with Indigenous people, to improve accountability for Indigenous-specific racism, increase cultural safety in healthcare, and expand Indigenous leadership across health services, regulatory bodies and education.

Join BC HIMSS with:


    Harmony Johnson, Executive Director of the In Plain Sight review, 

    Rose LeMay, CEO of Indigenous Reconciliation Group, and 

    Christina Krause, CEO of the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council


as we discuss howas individuals and health information professionals, we ready ourselves for transformative change by examining BC’s history of systemic racism to propel us to inclusive, equitable, humble, and safe healthcare for our Indigenous populations. 


Date:  March 4, 2021 4pm - 5pm PT

To register:  https://addressingracisminhealthcare.eventbrite.ca

About our panel:

Harmony Johnson (sɛƛakəs), Principle, Nahotout Consulting, is from the Tla’amin First Nation. She has more than 15 years of experience in executive and senior roles in health and in First Nations policy, intergovernmental relations, and self-governance. Harmony currently runs an independent consulting business and teaches Indigenous health within the Masters of Health Administration at the University of British Columbia. She is the co-author of a number of publications about First Nations governance, health, and about the life and teachings of her people, including the book, “Written as I Remember it: Teachings from the life of a Sliammon Elder”.

Rose LeMay, CEO, Indigenous Reconciliation Group, is from Taku River Tlingit First Nation in northern BC. Rose has over 20 years of experience in mental health and health systems development, across both public, non-profit and private sectors. With experience working in both the public and private sectors, Rose is able to facilitate complex and nuanced discussions on the topic of reconciliation and change management, including the role we all have in building an equitable vision for Canada. This vision is one Rose shared with Indigenous leaders around the world as founding international chair of the Wharerātā (fare’eh rata) Group, an international network of Indigenous leaders and their allies working in mental health and addictions. As an Indigenous entrepreneur, Rose is energized through building relationships and sharing ideas. You can read more about her perspectives in her regular column with The Hill Times. She was also a guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Social Inclusion focusing on wise practices for Indigenous inclusion. Rose is two-spirit and based in Ottawa.

Christina Krause is the Chief Executive Officer of the BC Patient Safety &  Quality Council (www.bcpsqc.ca), and an Adjunct Professor, School of Population & Public Health, Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Her interests include the use of social change models and  network theory in efforts to engage and mobilize stakeholders, as well as  the role of culture, teamwork and communication to advance quality of care. Christina is an EXTRA Fellow with the Canadian Foundation for  Healthcare Improvement, a member of the Board for the OSNS Child & Youth Development Centre, and a member of the Board Quality Committee at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.


Thank you to the Mentors and Members for making the BCHIMSS x Emerging Health Leaders Health IT Career Virtual Speed Mentoring February 10th event a success! 

Materials from past events are available under our Education Series page.


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