Community emergency response enhanced by Indigenous cultural safety

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Feb 16, 2023 – BC Government News

Twelve First Nations and local governments throughout B.C. will receive funding to improve Indigenous cultural safety and cultural humility in local emergency management.

More than $562,000 from the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) will support communities to enhance cultural safety and cultural humility in the delivery of local emergency-management programs and services.

“Indigenous Peoples have cultural practices, beliefs and values that must be respected. In past emergencies, services have not always been inclusive and welcoming for Indigenous Peoples – this has to change,” said Bowinn Ma, Minister of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness. “By providing funding for cultural safety training, communities can work to create a culturally responsive emergency response system that recognizes and addresses the specific needs and perspectives of Indigenous Peoples.”

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