Indigenous Cultural Safety: Resources

Sage leavesSage is one of the four sacred medicines for many First Nations The Department of Medicine recognizes our responsibility as academic leaders to continue to educate ourselves on Canada's unjust treatment of Indigenous peoples to inform our future actions. Let's renew our commitment to uphold the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Many of our faculty have been reaching out to request access to learning resources. We have collated key resources here to enable your ongoing learning and understanding of cultural safety and how to try to create safe spaces for our learners, peers and patients. We hope each of our non-Indigenous members will take the time to review them and join us in our commitment to education and action so that we can move forward towards reconciliation.


If you have five minutes: 

Watch this video on cultural safety in healthcare

If you have 30 minutes:

Read the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

In you have an hour: 

Read these papers:

AFMC Position Paper: Joint Commitment to Action on Indigenous Health

Cultural Safety in University Teaching and Learning

Unsafe learning environments: Indigenous medical students’ experiences of racism

If you have a few hours a week for three months:

This free course  "Indigenous Canada" from the University of Alberta can be taken on one's own time. It is not healthcare specific but "explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations."

If you want to go deeper: 

Read In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in BC Health Care

Read the Indigenous Health Primer from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

The Centre for Wise Practices at Women's College Hospital provides additional resources on their website.