Optional Indigenous self-identification

Beginning in February 2023, COBC registrants and applicants will have the option to self-identify as Indigenous and also indicate whether they would be interested in being contacted by COBC about opportunities to provide their perspectives on regulatory issues related to Indigenous Cultural Safety & Humility.

Creating and maintaining a safer complaints system for Indigenous peoples

In response to the 2020 In Plain Sight report, and in support of our new practice standard, “Indigenous Cultural Safety, Cultural Humility, and Anti-Racism,” COBC has engaged in a meaningful project that will make Indigenous Anti-Racism a foundational part of our complaints and inquiry system.

‘Illumination’ by Margaret August

COBC is honoured to present ‘Illumination’ by Coast Salish visual artist Margaret August. This powerful Coast Salish visual art in the form of an owl represents many teachings from ancestors and the Shíshálh Nation, while also telling a story about the decolonization of the COBC complaints system.

Spotlight on Standard 9 – Independent Automated Refraction

Standard 9 describes how an optician adheres to the mandated criteria associated with performing independent automated refractions, including obtaining certification.
Refer to the resources in COBC’s Automated Refracting Toolkit for more information.