UBC 23 24 Indigenous Cultural Safety has been developed as part of a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions 94 Calls to Action, specifically Calls to Action #23 and #24.
#23. We call upon all levels of government to:
#24. We call upon medical and nursing schools in Canada to require all students to take a course dealing with Aboriginal health issues, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, and Indigenous teachings and practices. This will require skill-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.
Indigenous Cultural Safety
|Module One||Cultural safety and cultural humility requires a practice of self-reflection, beginning with self-awareness of one's own social, historical, and geographical location.|
|Cultural Humility & Allyship Workshop||Cultural safety emphasizes partnership and reciprocity, which includes building relationships, establishing trust and employing respectful processes of engagement.|
|Module Two||Cultural safety is inclusive of cultural competency, part of which is having knowledge of the history of Indigenous people and the colonial history of Canada.|
|Module Three||Cultural safety takes into consideration power imbalances and applies a social justice lens to health care practice, empowering the patient/client to be equal decision makers in their care plans and supporting self-determination.|
|Module Four & Transforming Care Workshop||It is the client/patient who determines whether the care they receive is culturally safe.|
This curriculum aims to shift the focus away from narratives that begin with and pathologize Indigenous health disparities. Instead, the modules examine structures and systems and our own positionality within these structures. Students are encouraged to reflect on how as individuals we perpetuate the marginalization of Indigenous people through our compliance with the current system or act as allies and agents of change toward equity, specifically in healthcare.
Curriculum Learning Objectives
Click on the link below to access the UBC 23 24 Indigenous Cultural Safety Curriculum Overview and view module and workshop learning objectives.
Two workshops are integrated into the UBC 23 24 Indigenous Cultural Safety learning experience. The 'Cultural Humility & Allyship Workshop' occurs at the beginning, after students complete Module One. The 'Transforming Care Workshop' completes the learning experience for students after they have engaged with Modules Two to Four.
UBC 23 24 ICS partnered with IndigenEYEZ on the design and development of the workshops. This partnership continues each fall as IndigenEYEZ provides Indigenous facilitators to help deliver these workshops to over 1000 students. Explore their website to learn more about the amazing work they do!
Here are some images from our facilitator training session in October 2018.
- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)
- Truth & Reconciliation Commission 94 Calls to Action
- National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation
- First Nations Health Authority Cultural Humility Resources
- Indigenous Cultural Safety Collaborative Learning Series
- Provincial Health Services Authority San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training
- UBC Learning Circle 'Success Stories in Cultural Safety with Elder Roberta Price and Dr. David Tu'
- UBC Learning Circle Session: Responding to the TRC Calls to Action through Curriculum Design and Delivery
- National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health
In the Media
- UBC: Future Health Professionals Get Crucial Indigenous Culture Training
- CTV News: UBC students learn to care for Indigenous people by understanding racist legacy
- CBC News: UBC health students get training to help Indigenous patients
The Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health would like to acknowledge with gratitude:
UBC 23 24 ICS Interviewees
- Elder Gerry Oleman, St’at’imc from Tsal’alh (Shalalth B.C.)
- Chief Wayne Christian, Splatsin, Secwepemc
- Gwen Point, Skowkale First Nation, Stó:lō
- Janine Stevenson, RN, BScN, MSN, CDC Nurse Specialist, Indigenous Wellness Team Manager First Nations Health Authority
- Mark Tyndall, MD, ScD, FRCPC, Executive Medical Director British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
- Santa Ono, UBC President & Vice Chancellor
UBC 23 24 ICS Narrators
- Elder Gerry Oleman, St’at’imc from Tsal’alh (Shalalth B.C.)
- Tiffany Moses, Dene, from Pehdzeh Ki First Nation, Northwest Territories
First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)
- Kelly Terbasket, Syilx/Okanagan Nation, Program Director
- Jeska Slater, Ochekwi Sipi (Fisher River Cree Nation), Vancouver Program Coordinator
- Kim Haxton, Potowatomi from the Wasauksing First Nation, UBC 23 24 ICS Facilitator Trainer
Museum of Anthropology (MOA)
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR)
Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)
Royal British Columbia Museum
Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC)
- Fred Cattroll
- Melody Charlie, Ahousat First Nation
- Nadya Kwandibens, Anishinaabe (Ojibwe)
UBC Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT)
- Andrea Han, Associate Director, Curriculum and Course Services
- Carmine Murano, former Educational Consultant: Learning Design
UBC First Nations House of Learning Longhouse
- Angela Wagner, Education Program Coordinator
- John Cheng, Web and Educational Technology Manager
- Victoria Wood, Curriculum Manager
- UBC Health Health Curriculum Committee
UBC Information and Technology
UBC Learning Circle
- David Tu, MD
- Elder Roberta Price, Coast Salish, Snuneymuxw and Cowichan Nations
UBC Public Affairs
UBC Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office
UBC School of Population and Public Health
UBC Student Services Health and Wellness
- Chris Spencer, Producer
The Cedar Project
UBC 23 24 Indigenous Cultural Safety Curriculum Committee
And all our contributors, workshop facilitators and supporters.
From all of us at the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health,
Dr. Nadine Caron, Co-Director, Anishnawbe, Sagamok First Nation
Dr. Martin Schechter, Co-Director