Cultural Safety and Humility

Browse this resource hub to view current and reliable resources on cultural safety and humility being offered by various education providers and organizations. Find guidelines, self-paced courses, toolkits, informational readings, and more on how to integrate cultural safety into your midwifery practice.

Articles & Informational Reading
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CAPWHN Position Statement on Cultural Safety/Humility CAPWHN Discusses the role of perinatal and women's health providers in promoting cultural safety
Creating a Climate for Change FHNA Booklet including definitions, key terms, and the importance of change
Cultural safety and midwifery care for Aboriginal women  University of South Australia A phenomenological study exploring the lived experiences of midwives providing care for Indigenous women
Midwifery and Aboriginal Midwifery in Canada  National Aboriginal Health Organization Explores past and present midwifery and Aboriginal midwifery in Canada
Why cultural safety rather than cultural competency is required to achieve health equity International Journal for Equity in Health

Literature review of 59 international articles on cultural safety

Courses & Modules
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Indigenous Public Health Training UBC Current and upcoming courses for credit
Island Health's Cultural Safety Online Course Island Health 3-4 hour, self-paced, non-facilitated course 
San’yas: Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program PHSA Facilitated online training program; develops skills for service providers working with Indigenous people
Guidelines, Frameworks, & Reports
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Anti-Racism, Cultural Safety & Humility Framework FHNA Outline strategic objectives and priority action areas in support of anti-racism
Cultural Safety and Humility - A Case Study FHNA Discusses culturally unsafe experiences of First Nations and Indigenous peoples in health care
Cultural Safety in Paediatric Rehabilitation Services McGill Guide exploring paediatric rehabilitation with Indigenous children
Empathy, dignity, and respect - Creating Cultural Safety

Health Council of Canada

Descriptions of emerging problems and solutions for Indigenous people in urban health care
Health Professionals Working With First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Consensus Guideline SOGC Recommendations on providing culturally safe care
Honouring Indigenous Women’s and Families’ Pregnancy Journeys Perinatal Services BC Guide on providing respectful and safe perinatal care
Indigenous Engagement and Cultural Safety Guidebook FHNA Guidance on supporting Indigenous partnerships and cultural safety
Indigenous Midwifery Knowledge and Skills: A Framework of Competencies NACM Resource aimed at reclaiming Indigenous midwifery 
In Plain Sight - Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care B.C. Government A report on systemic racism in BC health care
Indigenous Language Guidelines UBC Outlines the importance and history of terminology
Practising Cultural Safety and Humility in the Response to COVID-19 BCCFP How to support cultural safety in the midst of COVID-19
The Landscape of Midwifery Care for Aboriginal communities in Canada NACM Informing discussions and actions to improve midwifery services for Indigenous communities
Videos & Webinars
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Cultural Humility: People, Principles and Practices N/A 30-minute documentary by San Francisco State professor Vivian Chávez on why we need cultural humility
Cultural Safety: Historic & Contemporary Realities through a Trauma Informed Lens with Harley Eagle UBC 1.5 hour recorded session on cultural safety considerations in the time of a pandemic
Cultural Safety & Humility Action Series BCPSQC

Recorded webinar series

Decolonization & Anti-Racism UBC Guide on facilitating anti-colonial research, including a short TED Talk on decolonization
Indigenous Cultural Safety Webinars PHSA Recorded webinar series
NCCIH Knowledge Resources & Publications NCCIH Resource hub including webinars and video series on Indigenous health
Success Stories on Cultural Safety UBC 1 hour recorded session on stories of success in promoting cultural safety within health care
Addressing Anti-Indigenous Racism in the B.C. Health Care System UBC CPD 1.5 hour recorded webinar on recognizing and addressing anti-Indigenous racism in the B.C. health care system
Celebrating Indigenous Physicians in BC: Cultural Safety and Anti-Racism from an Indigenous Physician Perspective UBC CPD 1.5 hour recorded webinar celebrating the successes of Indigenous physicians through story-telling and practical advice
Visuals, Toolkits, etc.
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Aboriginal Midwifery Toolkit NACM Includes videos, podcasts, and various supporting materials
Culturally Connected (Cultural Humility) PHSA Exercises, tools, and case studies on understanding cultural humility
Indigenous Cultural Safety & Humility Education Toolkit BCHR Resource toolkit in implementing cultural safety frameworks; to be completed September 2021
Websites & Miscellaneous
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BCADCI Resources on Cultural Safety BCADCI A collection of guidelines, webinars, courses, and more on cultural safety
Cultural Safety and Humility BCCNM BCCNM commitment and practice standards
Cultural Safety and Humility Victoria Division of Family Practice Training and resources
Cultural Safety: Respect And Dignity In Relationships Northern Health Collection of activities and related resources
Indigenous Cultural Safety

Association of Ontario Midwives

Definitions and links to related resources

Indigenous Families and Cultural Safety MABC MABC's commitment to cultural safety
UBC's Indigenous Strategic Plan UBC

Details on UBC's Indigenous Strategic Plan & related frameworks, resources, etc.

Wellness and the First Nations Health Authority FHNA Definitions and frameworks on cultural safety and humility



For specific resources on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma-informed care, please refer to the following resources.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
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ACEs Toolkit Victoria Division of Family Practice Toolkit on incorporating ACEs into health care & practice
Adverse Childhood Experiences  Public Health Ontario Interventions and mitigation strategies
Addressing ACEs in BC BCMJ An informative read on practical approaches to addressing ACEs
Identifying adverse childhood experiences in maternity services BCMJ Literature review on interventions and identifying ACEs

Trauma-Informed Care
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Culturally Safe and Trauma-Informed Practices for Researchers during COVID-19 FHNA Considerations for trauma-informed practices during COVID-19
Indigenous Health: Trauma Informed Care University of Manitoba A collection of  videos, guides, and resources on trauma-informed care and Indigenous health
Trauma-Informed Care and Cultural Humility American Psychiatric Association An informative read on cultural safety for marginalized populations
Trauma-Informed Practice and Framework BC Ministry of Ed. Resources and learning packages for educators


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