Pacific Blue Cross celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day as we continue to learn and evolve

Thursday, Jun 20, 2024

June 21 marks National Indigenous Peoples Day, which celebrates the cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in BC and across Canada.

As the proud benefits provider for 1 in 3 British Columbians, and the benefits administrator for the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), Pacific Blue Cross is committed to continual learning and understanding around how we can best support the evolving needs of Indigenous communities in BC.

We are equally dedicated to supporting our plan sponsors, advisors, providers and members in their own learning journeys, so that we can build more inclusive workplaces and communities across our province.

We are pleased to offer free and easily accessible eLearning modules to employers, providers and the public, promoting deeper understanding of the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada and how this history impacts our world today. The module was created in partnership with the FNHA and is a key component of all Pacific Blue Cross staff training. We urge everyone to engage with these learnings, so that together we can better honour Indigenous values and cultures across our communities and workplaces.  

In 2023 we were proud to receive certification as an Indigenous Works Employer of Choice, having demonstrated our commitment to Indigenous inclusion in our recruitment, retention and staff engagement strategies.

The action we have taken so far to further the inclusion of Indigenous peoples through our work stems from our commitment to Call to Action 92; this calls upon the corporate sector in Canada to apply the principles, norms and standards of the United Nationals Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to corporate policy and core operational activities. We are also proud to uphold the Declaration of Commitment on Cultural Safety and Humility in Health Services, working to build mutual trust and respect that enables cultural safety among our staff and members.

You can observe Indigenous People's Day by learning more about the experiences and histories of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and participating in local events near you.