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New resource aims to make health care systems more culturally aware

Dr. Margo Greenwood

Ongoing efforts to make health care systems culturally safe and accessible for all First Nations Peoples, Inuit and Métis peoples in B.C. and across Canada are being strengthened with the creation of a repository of resources at the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH).

The NCCIH is based at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George.

“This collection of critical information will help to guide and inform the best efforts of all health-care workers to address and stop stigma and discrimination against Indigenous peoples in health systems,” said Margo Greenwood, academic leader, National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health, in a news release.

New public funding will support the NCCIH to grow the first-ever collection of cultural safety and Indigenous-specific anti-racism tools and resources.

Indigenous Services Canada is providing $520,000 over five years to support this initiative nationally and the Government of British Columbia is contributing $550,000 to enable B.C. health system partners to create tools, strategies and resources to enhance culturally safe service delivery and practices across the health system.

The public online library includes videos, communication resources, research papers, training materials and educational platforms that will enhance this i work. Resources already available include:

  • the recently produced video, Healing in Pandemic Times;
  • the booklet, Creating a climate for change: Cultural safety and humility for First Nations and Aboriginal Peoples in British Columbia; and
  • Land for healing: Developing a First Nations land-based delivery model-First Nations Mental Wellness Framework.

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