WorkSafeBC told to investigate allegation of ‘culturally unsafe’ workplace at City of Vancouver

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WorkSafeBC, a government agency that oversees workers’ health and safety in the province, has been ordered to investigate an Indigenous woman’s claim that she was traumatized by a “culturally unsafe or insensitive workplace” as a City of Vancouver employee. The woman worked as an activity leader at Oppenheimer Park through a municipally run community centre from October 2018 to April 2019, when she went on leave after allegedly witnessing what she claimed were “multiple incidents of cultural insensitivity” and “dehumanizing treatment of homeless patrons living in tents.” Although the woman said she wasn’t directly targeted, she claimed she was subject to numerous microaggressions and witnessed racism toward Indigenous people by co-workers, engineering department staff and police officers.