Cultural Safety in Indigenous Health Care

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Webinar event date

Dec 3, 2019 1:00 pm EST

Webinar Presenters

Margot Latimer, RN, PhD
Margot Latimer, RN, PhD
Professor
Dalhousie School of Nursing

Margot is a Nurse Scientist and Professor in Dalhousie University's Faculty of Health, as well as Faculty at the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research, IWK Health Centre. She co-leads the CIHR funded Aboriginal Children’s Hurt and Healing (ACHH) Initiative with Eskasoni Health Director, Sharon Rudderham, working closely with community to mobilize Indigenous knowledge to support children's health and wellbeing. Dr. Latimer is the Indigenous health research co-lead of the Chronic Pain SPOR Network and co-chairs the Indigenous Health Research Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP) knowledge mobilization network.

Diane Obed, BSW, MA
Diane Obed, BSW, MA
Research and Curriculum Coordinator
Dalhousie Faculty of Health and Faculty of Health and the Schulich School of Law

Diane is an Inuk researcher originally from Hopedale, Nunatsiavut, in northern Labrador. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Arts in Atlantic Canada Studies from Saint Mary’s University; her thesis is titled: “Illiniavugut Nunami: Learning from the Land, Envisioning an Inuit-centred Educational Future in Nunatsiavut.” Prior to entering the Master’s program, she worked as an Aboriginal Student Support Worker with the Halifax Regional School Board for 3 years. Diane joined the ACHH Initiative team in 2018 as the Community Research Coordinator.

Cara McGonegal
Collaborator, Child Welfare League of Canada
Moderator

 

Description

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Historical, political, economic, and social factors have shaped and continue to shape the health of Indigenous people. These factors have led to distinct healthcare needs, experiences with the health care system, and health outcomes among Indigenous people. Cultural safety means that people feel respected and safe when they interact with the health care system. Culturally safe health care services are free of racism and discrimination and encourage people to draw strengths from their identity, culture and community. Margot Latimer and Diane Obed will explain how historical events, treaties, and landmark documents have shaped the health experiences of Indigenous People. They will use examples from their work with the Aboriginal Children’s Hurt and Healing (ACHH) Initiative to explain disparities in health among Indigenous and non-Indigenous children. They will present the FIRST Approach, an approach to providing culturally safe clinical practice that can be used to improve the healthcare experiences of Indigenous children and families.

Specific learning objectives for this presentation are:

1. Acquire knowledge about the Indigenous people who live in Canada, where they live and important historical events that have affected their health and wellbeing.

2. Understand the current day impact of historical injustices and how policy and landmark decisions can and have shaped health care systems.

3. Understand the different dimensions of health (emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual) and how this knowledge can be applied when working with Indigenous people.

4. Understand and learn how to apply evidence-based, culturally safe clinical care principles