Cultural Safety and Humility

In 2015, all Health Authorities committed to advancing cultural safety and cultural humility in health services in British Columbia.

What does ‘cultural safety’ and ‘cultural humility’ mean?


Cultural safety is an outcome based on respectful engagement that recognizes and strives to address power imbalances inherent in the healthcare system. It results in an environment free of racism and discrimination, where people feel safe when receiving health care.


Cultural humility is a process of self-reflection to understand personal and systemic biases and to develop and maintain respectful processes and relationships based on mutual trust. Cultural humility involves humbly acknowledging oneself as a learner when it comes to understanding another’s experience.


Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility in the Child & Youth Health Network

What does ‘cultural safety’ and ‘cultural humility’ mean for the Child & Youth Health Network?