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Indigenous cultural safety training program - Online course

This three-part training program is intended for people working in health and non-health fields (justice, policing, child and family services, education, business and government). It is designed to strengthen the skills of professionals working directly or indirectly with Indigenous people by increasing Aboriginal-specific knowledge and enhancing self-awareness.  The training has three sections, each of which takes five-to-nine hours over a six-to-eight week period:  1) CORE—foundational issues of cultural competency; 2) CORE Health—health care issues experienced by Indigenous people; and 3) CORE Mental Health—¬mental health issues experienced by Indigenous people.

Through interactive activities and the support of a facilitator, participants examine culture, stereotyping and the legacy of colonization, and develop more effective communication and relationship building skills.

Over the past three years, about 10,000 people have taken the three courses.  The program is free for anyone employed by a BC regional health authority or the Ministry of Health, or health care workers who work for Aboriginal organizations; it costs $250 for others.  The program is approved for Continuing Education Credits by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. 

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This course was recommended as a professional development resource by an NCCDH project team reviewing online courses related to health equity and the social determinants of health for a public health audience.  To learn more about this project and other recommended courses, click here.

BC Provincial Health Services Authority, Aboriginal Health (2009). Indigenous cultural safety training program [Online course]. Retrieved from 

Tags: Access to health services, Community engagement, Competencies & organizational standards, Indigenous health, Leadership & capacity building, Racism/racialization, Online Course