We are committed to confronting discrimination and racism and pursuing greater personal and societal equity. We are doing this by using a
lens, which means we pay attention to how different groups of people in BC have been affected by COVID-19 response measures in different ways. This includes using analysis tools such as
Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+)
BC Human Rights Commission’s Grandmother Perspective
framework for the collection of disaggregated race-based data, to understand how the COVID-19 response measures are experienced differently by age group, sex/gender, socioeconomic status, population density, immigration status, race, and Indigenous identity.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that some British Columbians faced unfair disadvantages due to less access to services, resources, and opportunities due to stigma, discrimination, systemic racism, and historical and present-day colonialism. Applying an equity lens in this project allows the Project Team to assess how groups may be put at greater risk of experiencing poorer health and wellness outcomes due to the COVID-19 response measures.
Our core values also include collaboration and cooperation. Through a coordinated and iterative approach, the Project Team and Working Group members work collaboratively with key partners in government and across sectors to understand and monitor the societal consequences resulting from the COVID-19 response measures. Members share knowledge, expertise, and advice to support the province and British Columbians in moving forward together.
Indigenous self-determination and reconciliation are reflected in the development of this project and the production of the Indigenous reports. Reciprocal accountability, wisdom, partnership, responsibility, respect, and action-orientation are the founding principles of the relationship between the Project Team and Indigenous rightsholders and organizations, including FNHA and MNBC. This project prioritizes the need for and value of Indigenous partners sharing the experiences, knowledge, voices, and recommendations of First Nations, Métis, and other Indigenous people in BC. This project also recognizes past and present colonialism, as well as racism and discrimination in the health care system. The principles that guide the Indigenous reports include wellness-focused, strengths-based, life-course, population health approach, and the principles of OCAP® (ownership, control, access, and possession). Indigenous data governance standards are being adhered to and upheld throughout the entire process. The reports will honour and speak to the strength and resilience demonstrated by Indigenous leadership, communities, families, and individuals in BC during the COVID-19 pandemic.