Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility Webinars

​Calling all Health Professionals and Allies in BC!

You are invited to the First Nations Health Authority and BC Patient Safety & Quality Council cultural safety and cultural humility webinar action series! 12 webinar events will take place over the next year to encourage participation, learning, self-reflection and positive change among BC's healthcare professionals.

The series will support development of tools and skills on how to be effective allies for advancing cultural safety and humility and what health service staff and allies can do to understand and integrate this work into their practice or interaction with First Nations and Aboriginal Clients.

Hear from thought leaders such as Joe Gallagher, Dr. Evan Adams, Dr. Nadine Caron, Margo Greenwood, and representatives from each regional health authority in the province.

Webinar 11: Leading with Culture in First Nations Community Contexts


First Nations in BC have practised traditional healing and wellness since time immemorial. Today, traditional wellness approaches have a vital role in improving overall health and wellness for First Nations. Services that are consistent with First Nations values and principles and reflect First Nations models of health and wellness are an essential attribute of quality health services.

Elder Virginia Peters will share what traditional healing and wellness means in her region and what is important in delivering traditional wellness programming as a part of providing culturally safe services for First Nations. Dr. McDonald will overview what the FNHA has been hearing from Elders, Health Directors, and traditional healers across BC over the last few years.

Virginia Peters is the Elder for the First Nations Health Directors Association and has worked in First Nations health programming since 1972. She was the Health Manager for St'ailes for many years and will speak to how her community has integrated traditional healing and wellness into their health programming. She firmly believes that culture and spirituality are the key to healing and rebuilding the strength of our families and communities. Including culture and traditional healing into health programming is a part of providing culturally safe services for First Nations.

Dr. Shannon McDonald is the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the First Nations Health Authority. She works with regional health authorities and partners to ensure high quality, coordinated and complementary health services are being offered by their organizations and the FNHA to First Nations peoples in BC. Dr. McDonald reports on population and public health issues that require a collaborative and coordinated response, and leads communications on any that require immediate action.

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Webinar 10: Responding to Anti-Indigenous Racism in the Health Care System

With Yvette Ringham Cowan and Laurie Harding

Stemming from a history of colonialism and ongoing racism in Canada, Indigenous people continue to experience many harms when trying to access health care. This presentation will take a closer look at where and how these harms tend to occur in the system, and what we can start doing as individuals and organizations in response. Drawing on lessons learned from the San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training program, this webinar will unpack the ways anti-Indigenous racism and stereotyping show up in health care settings and share insights on responding to racism and discrimination through Indigenous cultural safety approaches.

Yvette Ringham Cowan is of mixed Kwakwaka'wakw and English ancestry and has been working as a cultural safety facilitator for several years, focusing on supporting non-Indigenous folks to increase their own and their organization's capacity to create culturally safe interactions and environments. She has joined the San'yas team from Vancouver Island Health. Yvette holds the position of Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) Integration Lead working on the development and implementation of ICS knowledge integration activities and the ICS Strategy.

Laurie Harding is a White Settler with Scottish and English ancestry and has been working as a cultural safety facilitator with the San'yas team for seven years. She supports non-Indigenous Settlers and organizations to increase their capacity to create safer interactions and environments. Her doctoral research is focused on the impact of Indigenous stereotypes on service providers' attitudes and actions. Laurie is currently an Indigenous Cultural Safety Integration Lead, which involves working to help providers integrate Indigenous Cultural Safety knowledge into their work or practice.

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Webinar 9: Cultural Safety Framework and Action Plan from Vancouver Coastal Health with Leslie Bonshor

Leslie will be speaking about how to transform and work within a regional health authority

• How do we put cultural safety and humility into practice?

• What do we do to hardwire the indigenous lens into everything that we do?

She will be exploring the multiple levels of support/enablers

• HR recruitment and retention practices, finance, organization systems, physical space and beyond

Leslie Bonshor is a member of Tzeachten First Nation. As the Aboriginal Health Executive Advisor at Vancouver Coastal Health, she provides strategic direction and guidance to the CEO and Senior Executive Team at Vancouver Coastal Health on challenges, priorities, and issues related to improving the health of the Indigenous population. Previously, she was Aboriginal Health Director at Fraser Health for 8 years. In this role, she provided leadership within Fraser Health by planning, supporting and guiding the implementation of initiatives designed to improve the health of Indigenous people.

Prior to working in health care, Leslie provided business support and consulting services to First Nations communities and organizations in the Fraser Valley, including project management, communications strategies, and policy development. Leslie has extensive expertise in Indigenous health strategic leadership, policy, primary health care and community based health delivery.

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Webinar 8: Racism as a Determinant of Health

How does racism function as a social determinant of Indigenous peoples’ health? How does racism shape good health for some and poor health for others? What does racism look like in our health system? In attempting to reduce the harms of racism for Indigenous peoples, we must understand it’s complex roots in Canadian society, the pathways it travels in our systems and institutions and the ways it manifests in our relationships.

Dr. Charlotte Loppie is a Professor in the School of Public Health and Social Policy, Faculty of Human and Social Development, University of Victoria, Director of the Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE), and Editor of the International Journal of Indigenous Health. She collaborates on Indigenous-focused initiatives aimed at research capacity development, mentorship and training; catalyzing/developing research relationships; undertaking research projects; and sharing knowledge with diverse communities and organizations at local, regional, national and international levels. Dr. Loppie is a member of the CIHR Institute Advisory Board on Research Excellence, Policy and Ethics.


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Webinar 7: Cultural Safety: Respect and Dignity in Relationships

Indigenous Peoples and the Health Care System

Join Hilary McGregor - Lead, Knowledge Translation and Community Engagement, Victoria Carter - Lead, Engagement and Integration, and Julia Petrasek MacDonald - Lead, Knowledge Broker and Community Engagement from Northern Health's newly branded Indigenous Health team for the next installment of the First Nations Health Authority and BC Patient Safety & Quality Council Cultural Humility Webinar Series.

The team, along with local partners, will present an overview of Northern Health resources that support cultural safety, along with specific examples of resources and initiatives developed and undertaken by local Aboriginal Health Improvement Committees.

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Webinar 6: Cultural Humility and Nursing in BC

Nurses play an important role in delivering quality care for First Nations communities in BC. Nurses are sometimes the first and only local health support for rural and remote communities, and can be a trusted source of advice. What does cultural safety and humility mean as a nurse working in a First Nations community? How can nurses working with First Nations and Aboriginal peoples approach the work in a good way to ensure their care is safe?

This webinar will feature FNHA Chief Nursing Officer Becky Palmer, and nurses Inez Louis from the Sto:lo Nation and Lisa Sam from Nak'azdli. This webinar is open to all health and social services staff with a particular focus on nurses who interact with First Nations and Aboriginal peoples. We'll hear from First Nations nurses on how they integrate cultural safety into their work and practical tips on how others can do the same.

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Webinar 5: Pursuing Cultural Safety

The politics of acknowledgement come to the fore in Fraser Health’s Indigenous Cultural Safety debrief circle sessions. Facilitated by Aboriginal Health Liaison, Carol Peters, the debrief circle sessions are a training opportunity founded on the principles of inclusivity, respect and intentionality. Through a talking circle, participants undertake a personal and professional journey of self-discovery. In this space, buried biases can be unearthed and intentional practices towards reconciliation may be realized. Join Fraser Health’s Aboriginal Health team as they discuss the challenges and successes of unearthing bias in the health care system and countering tendencies to create cultural risk.

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Webinar 4: Intergenerational Trauma and Institutional Avoidance

At this year's National Health Leaders Conference, 73% of delegates voted Indigenous Health as Canada's top healthcare priority. There is no question that the country is paying attention to the unacceptable health gaps between First Nations and non-Aboriginal.

Reconciliation is an essential dimension of improving healthcare quality; only, too often reconciliation is viewed as focusing on the injustices of the past. In this webinar, hear from Dr. Evan Adams about how reconciliation is an everyday act that physicians can undertake to ensure greater cultural safety for Indigenous clients. We'll review communication styles and everyday practical tips that physicians can take today to make the healthcare experience safer.


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Webinar 3: The Importance of Story to Cultural Safety Webinar

Colonization has impacted a people's story. In our spheres of influence, both personally and professionally, we must situate cultural safety to place, to the land, and to the geography in which we work, play, and live. How will you get to know the story specific to your place? What does investing in cultural safety look like in your organization to make impactful change?

Join Brad Anderson and Vanessa Mitchell from Interior Health as they explore the importance of understanding a people's story in the realm of cultural safety.

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Webinar 2:

Learning and Advancing the Recommendations of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission with Shelley Joseph

Our country's history and present day are shared and co-created realities. Actively participating in the reconciliation process in Canada is one way that we can begin to take responsibility for our shared history and future together. Acknowledging and reconciling our past and present are fundamentally important to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. Reconciliation occurs at both the individual and systemic levels.

Join Shelley Joseph to learn how to effect daily acts of reconciliation at the individual level and how to grow reconciliation at home, at work and in our communities.

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