Strategy 20
Track 1

Cultural Competency Standards, Training, and Education

Illustration from Grace Edwards

Developing standards for cultural competency and a training program for all those who interact with Indigenous people in the justice system, including police and Crown Counsel.

The Challenge:

Culturally appropriate training for justice professionals that work with Indigenous people has been limited and/or non-existent in the past, contributing to friction and crisis in the system. In addition, due to the historical and ongoing role police have played in colonization, including conducting harmful patterns of biased policing and surveillance, Indigenous people experience distrust, fear, and trauma in their interactions with police. There is a pressing need for all justice and policing agents to be educated on cultural safety, the history and impacts of colonization, and their role in advancing reconciliation and Indigenous well being.

The Solution

While there are various forms of training taking place in different parts of the justice system, a coherent and consistent approach is needed so that core cultural competency practices are reinforced throughout the system. Through Strategy 20, BCFNJC will advance such an approach, establishing clear standards of cultural competency, along with a consistent and systematic training program regarding First Nations people and the justice system.

Lines of Action

BCFNJC will establish a set of core content and standards for cultural competency to enhance training programs related to justice matters. BCFNJC and BC will conduct a review of the existing training that could inform the content and standards.
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BCFNJC and BC will co-ordinate working with each sector within the justice system, police, BCPS and Crown Counsel, courts, and corrections, to establish or enhance a process and understanding of the implementation of the core content and standards.
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