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BCACC Stands Against Racism

Since COVID-19, it has felt as though the collective rug has been pulled out from under us. For many people, navigating through a pandemic has been a bewildering and eye-opening look into all the ways systems are broken and incomplete. For others, it has magnified a deep sadness knowing that these gaps and shortcomings have existed for centuries.

We are all aware of how COVID-19 has highlighted racially motivated attacks against Asian communities, and now we are witnessing a global response to police brutality and the inequalities Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities face across the world. The reality is that systemic racism, unjust systems, and abuse are issues that continue to harm BIPOC and Indigenous people in Canada daily. Registered Clinical Counsellors are on the front-line providing aid to our community members affected by these injustices.

BCACC supports and values your work and your role in our communities. We offer our support and solidarity and a commitment to do better in serving the needs of both members and clients who belong to the BIPOC and Indigenous communities.

BCACC Head Office staff has been in conversation this week with One Love Consulting in Victoria, BC and we have made three immediate changes:

  • We have added the fields “BIPOC Counsellor” and “Indigenous Counsellor” to your Public Profile options. You now have the option to identify as a BIPOC and/or Indigenous counsellor, so clients can find you quickly and easily. These fields will be active in your Public Profile and on the Find a Counsellor tool next week.
  • We have added “Racialized violence” and “Racism” to the Areas of Practice that clients can choose when looking for a counsellor. Members who have training working in these fields can add them to their Areas of Practice as of next week.
  • We have created “BIPOC RCC” and “Indigenous Counsellor” Communities of Practice so that our members can connect and build networks to support each other. This is available to access through eConnect beta now.

Going forward, we are committed to continuing to listen and learn how to put our guiding organizational values of compassion, integrity and diversity into authentic action. Please watch for further resources and communication in the coming weeks and months.

We thank you all for the work you are doing and your part in creating more inclusive and safer communities.

Sincerely,

BCACC Head Office

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