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Webinar #6: KT in Public Health Medicine (Host: NCCAH)

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The six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health (NCCs) and the Public Health Physicians of Canada (PHPC) are proud to present the sixth webinar in the Knowledge Translation in Public Health Medicine series:

Cultural Safety for Indigenous Peoples: A Determinant of Health (Host: NCC for Aboriginal Health)

Racism and prejudice towards Indigenous peoples is a determinant of Indigenous peoples’ health and well-being (or lack thereof). While cultural competencies and cultural safety courses are taking hold as ‘best practices’ across many jurisdictions, this seminar lecture presents more overtly the idea that racism remains a significant barrier to optimal health care relationship, and thus optimal health, still faced by Indigenous peoples. Specifically, the lecture will link strategies for health practice improvements to calls by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) about building meaningful relationships and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

The presentation will explore topics ranging from the fact that many Indigenous geographies are outcomes of racialized constructions about Indigenous peoples, that now form physical barriers to accessing health, through to ideas that imbedded stereotypes about Indigenous people continue to ‘colour’ ways health care professionals interact with Indigenous peoples, as patients, community members, or families and advocates.

The presentation will draw on multi-media ways that Indigenous people have expressed their realities of experiencing racism as a determinant of health and will also discuss ways that healthcare professionals might engage with the arts and humanities in order to delve more deeply and reflexively into personal orientations to Indigenous peoples and communities. The presentation will also explore some innovative and humanities-informed research and educational projects focused on building relationships between First Nations communities and non-Indigenous undergraduate medical students, residents, and health care professionals.

At the end of this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand historic and contemporary ways that Indigenous peoples are constructed as ‘othered’ subjects

  • Have new lenses through which to understand health-based interactions with Indigenous peoples

  • Understand means of undertaking self-reflection to further and deepen personal thoughts about racism and Indigenous peoples

  • Have strengthened CanMEDS competencies in the areas of professionalism and advocacy

  • Be able to envision some tangible projects they might enact within medical and health care education environments.

At the end of this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand historic and contemporary ways that Indigenous peoples are constructed as ‘othered’ subjects

  • Have new lenses through which to understand health-based interactions with Indigenous peoples

  • Understand means of undertaking self-refelction to further and deepen personal thoughts about racism and Indingeous peoples

  • Have stregthened CanMEDS competencies in the areas of professionalism and advocacy

  • Be able to envision some tangible projects they might enact within medical and health care education environments.

Suggested Reading:

Allan, B and J. Smylie.(2015). First Peoples, Second Class Treatment: The Role of Racism in the Health and Well-being of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Toronto, ON: the Wellesley Institute http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Full-Report-FPSCT-Updated.pdf

Elliot, C. and S. de Leeuw. (April 2009). Our Aboriginal Relations: When Family Doctors and Aboriginal Patients Meet. The Canadian Family Physician. Vol. 55. 443-444. http://www.cfp.ca/cgi/reprint/55/4/443?ijkey=dd9ff747fcb6528d1ef81f0189d40c99ffbd0bc9

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015). Honoring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future. Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. http://nctr.ca/assets/reports/Final%20Reports/Executive_Summary_English_Web.pdf

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