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Be the change

A promise to Indigenous patients, families, and caregivers.

Since time immemorial, Indigenous Peoples in BC enjoyed the well-being that came from sophisticated health care, spirituality, and vibrant self-governing societies.

Colonialism disrupted this way of life. And it left a harmful legacy of intergenerational trauma, anti-Indigenous racism, substandard health care, and poorer health outcomes for Indigenous patients.

There is a direct link between the history and experience of colonialism and the challenges of Indigenous-specific racism within BC’s health care system today. As a result, Indigenous Peoples experience unfair inequities in health care access and outcomes.

Providence Health Care (PHC) and St. Paul’s Foundation (SPF) are not the Catholic Church. But we are Catholic-sponsored organizations with an obligation to truth, justice, and reconciliation. And we are driven by compassion, social justice, and advocacy. 

We are committed to transforming the new St. Paul’s Hospital, and PHC’s other 17 sites, into places where Indigenous Peoples choose to access care.

Your support can improve care and outcomes for Indigenous Peoples across BC.

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Reconciliation lives here

SPF and PHC are committed to the process of Truth and Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. We are embedding it in everything we do.

This simple, powerful statement is the driving force behind PHC’s Indigenous Wellness and Reconciliation Action Plan.

It means that everyone at PHC and at SPF is responsible for advancing Indigenous Wellness and Reconciliation. 

It means we stand at the forefront of change. This is especially resonant with the construction of the new St. Paul’s on the Jim Pattison Medical Campus and our new long-term care homes. These are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to design spaces that reflect identity-affirming models of care and honour Indigenous philosophies of health and wellness.

Indigenous patients often experience racism and discrimination, and their rights to access services that reflect Indigenous definitions of holistic wellness are not reflected throughout BC’s health care system. We know that being supported by Indigenous support workers, Elders, and Knowledge Keepers makes a huge difference for Indigenous patients at St. Paul’s Hospital.

– Harmony Johnson, vice president, Indigenous Wellness and Reconciliation, Providence

Compassion lives here

Nutsamaht. We are one.

Nutsamaht is a Kwak’wala word that means “we are one.” At PHC, the essence of Nutsamaht comes to life in countless compassionate ways thanks to the commitment of the IWR team and the support of our generous donors.

With your support, we can start to make things right by fulfilling our commitment to reconciliation in action. We can integrate cultural safety, and identity-affirming care and research into everything we do, to improve Indigenous health care and wellness in BC and beyond.

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“Things are changing at St. Paul’s Hospital…it’s getting better! My daughter told me that for the first time, she felt safe, listened to, and treated with dignity and respect.” These words come from a mother sharing her daughter’s experience at St. Paul’s.”

Expanding the IWL team is the cornerstone of our IWR action plan. There is an especially urgent need for IWLs to help patients in palliative care, intensive care, emergency, and maternity.

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PHC is partnering with sovereign Host Nations to establish a shared vision for an All Nations Sacred Space and Traditional Medicine Garden at the new St. Paul’s, and an Indigenous Wellness and Welcoming Centre on the grounds of the new health campus.

We have this opportunity to help make things right by investing in a health care system that’s free of racism.

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    A “magnificent” sight: Bringing the new St. Paul’s Hospital to life

  • Patient journey mapping is key to our commitment to Indigenous Wellness and Reconciliation

    Truth telling through patient journey mapping – looking back to improve the path forward for Indigenous patients

  • Photo of a front of a canoe looking out to open water

    Partnership aims to improve emergency care in four remote First Nations

  • Photo courtesy Yellowhead Institute for St. Paul's Hospital working to offer Indigenous meals to patients

    St. Paul’s Hospital offering culturally appropriate food to Indigenous patients

  • Image of Maternity training altar

    Delivering culturally grounded prenatal education for Indigenous peoples, by Indigenous peoples: The Ekw’í7tl Indigenous Doula Collective

  • Image of Cedar Bough

    Hope finds a way

  • Harmony Johnson, VP Indigenous Wellness and Reconciliation, listening to Sulksun give a ceremonial blessing at the new St. Paul's Hospital.

    Ceremonial blessing for the new St. Paul’s Hospital and Indigenous Wellness and Welcoming Centre

  • Image of BMO Press Conference

    BMO Financial Group commits $2 million to St. Paul’s Foundation