Aboriginal Cultural Safety Resources​​
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The IH Regional Palliative Care and End of Life Services program acknowledges, with respect, that our work and meeting place is within the ancestral, traditional and unceded territory of the 7 First Nations of the Interior Region. We are thankful for being visitors on this land and strive to be mindful of the connection it holds to the Aboriginal peoples of this territory, as well as the animals and plants with whom we share this space. We would also like to acknowledge the several Métis Chartered Communities within the Interior Region. 

What does it mean to be Culturally Safe?
‘A culturally safe environment is the desired outcome and can only be defined by the Indigenous person
receiving care in a manner that is safe and does not profile or discriminate against the person but is
experienced as respectful, safe and allows meaningful communication and service. It is a physically, socially,
emotionally and spiritually safe environment, without challenge, ignorance or denial of an individual’s identity.
To be culturally safe requires positive anti-racism stances, tools and approaches and the continuous practice
of cultural humility.

Cultural humility is a life-long process of self-reflection and self-critique. It is foundational to achieving a
culturally safe environment. While western models of medicine typically begin with an examination of the
patient, cultural humility begins with an in-depth examination of the provider’s assumptions, beliefs and
privilege embedded in their own understanding and practice, as well as the goals of the patient-provider
relationship. Undertaking cultural humility allows for Indigenous voices to be front and centre and promotes
patient/provider relationships based on respect, open and effective dialogue and mutual decision-making. This
practice ensures Indigenous peoples are partners in the choices that impact them, and ensures they are party and present in their course of care.’ 

Interior Health recognizes that Aboriginal peoples in Canada experience health inequities as a result of the historical and ongoing impacts of colonialism. Culturally safe health care environments increase the quality of the health care services received, leading to increased service utilization and improved health outcomes. IH is committed to working with Aboriginal partners and allies to create healthy and respectful care environments and practices which are safe and welcoming for all Aboriginal peoples, their families and communities.
Many health care providers are at different stages in their journey toward cultural safety and humility. Below are links to resources that support health care providers in gaining knowledge, humility, and developing culturally safe practices.

Interior Health Resources:

External Resources:
MoH     PCQO