Our hearts are with the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc people, all Indigenous communities and everyone affected by the tragic discovery of 215 lost Indigenous lives at a Kamloops residential school. This revealing truth demonstrates the reality and horror of the Indian Residential System, and the importance of continued work toward Truth and Reconciliation.
Issue and Context
In the wake of recent political events – such as the Black Lives Matter movement and the murder of Black bodies, the anti-Asian hate crimes and deaths of the Atlanta spa shootings, the launch of the In Plain Sight report addressing racism toward Indigenous peoples in healthcare across the province, and the ongoing genocide of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls – we have extended our vision to explicitly consider justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (referred to internally as JEDI) in all the work we do. The ongoing work of furthering JEDI in the ISU is captured on our ISU JEDI Timeline.
The ISU has a strong track record of providing support, working in collaboration and co-developing local solutions with health care organizations and providers. A gap exists in that the ISU, and the BC healthcare system as a whole, systematically continue to exclude Communities – hereinafter defined as groups of racialized people who experience historical and ongoing systemic barriers to health and wellness – in our work. An emerging recommendation from our internal JEDI learning is to create structures within the ISU for Communities to partner with the ISU in providing direction and guidance to ensure our work is relevant and supportive.
The overarching goal of this workstream is to answer the question:
How can the ISU support primary care transformation that is guided by Communities who face historical and ongoing systemic barriers to health and wellness?
Within this question, our objectives are two-fold:
- To develop, in partnership with Communities, a sustainable and meaningful engagement process.
- To undertake work that is guided by, and thereby relevant and meaningful to Communities
* In this Workstream, Communities are defined as groups of people who face historical and ongoing systemic barriers to health and wellness
- Co-developing, with Communities’, principles and effective practices of engagement through conversations (interviews) with Community collaborators
- Synthesizing what we hear from Community collaborators and learning from academic and non-traditional sources to guide us
- Establishing supporting infrastructure for effective community partnership by creating a Community Collective that will provide a sustainable opportunity structure for ongoing guidance and leadership to ISU-Community partnerships
- Creating stronger institutional partnerships such as with the UBC Indigenous Research Support Initiative (IRSI) and Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health (CEIH)
- Sharing our learnings from this process with other units in UBC including the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Community of Practice in the Faculty of Medicine and beyond
The ISU JEDI Story