Rural CPD

Rural Learning

We offer learning activities that meet your needs as a rural healthcare provider. View our offerings on this page and connect with us to learn more about how we can meet your unique needs! 

Learning Activities

Cultural Safety

Indigenous Patient Led CPD

We are an Elder-led group from Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds working together with a common aim to increase cultural safety and humility in rural BC by building relationships between First Nations and physician communities. 

We support Indigenous communities interested in developing community-specific Indigenous cultural safety and humility training for their local physician community. We can offer support through our Elder-led group of Cultural Safety educators along with administrative and financial resources.

To find out more, email Alisa Harrison, Senior Manager, @email

Guiding Principles

Co-developed and co-facilitated: Sharing best practices with rural physicians and health care providers to foster cultural humility, address systemic bias, and improve the health of Indigenous peoples.

Community-based and patient-led: ​​​​​​Community and patient voices are central. 

Strengthening Cultural Safety: Addressing systems of oppression, racism and bias. Building and strengthening relationships between First Nations and physician communities by creating opportunities for self-reflection and dialogue.

Brokered Dialogue

Brokered dialogue is one of the many methods that a community might choose to engage with their local health care team. We value creating spaces for patients and physicians to come together while ensuring that this project is Elder-led and community-led. In co-creating community-driven Indigenous cultural safety and humility education, we honour narratives through storytelling and other Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being.

Meeting of the Minds 2019

On October 4th, 2019, we gathered 30 leaders in Indigenous Cultural Safety and humility from across the province of BC to meet in Vancouver at an Elder-Led ‘Meeting of the Minds.’ At this meeting, we gathered to learn the current status of Indigenous Cultural Safety, and identify next steps that communities value. Below are the graphic recordings of this event.

Meeting of the Minds 2020

On October 14th, 2020, we gathered 10 leaders in Indigenous Cultural Safety and humility from across the province of BC to meet virtually at an Elder-Led ‘Meeting of the Minds.’ At this meeting, we gathered to learn the current status of Indigenous Cultural Safety and the impact that Covid-19 holds on this work, and identified next steps that our communities value.

Graphic recording representing the meeting of the minds


Graphic recording of the meeting of the minds gathering
Nawh Whu'nus'en - We See in Two Worlds

Trauma is woven into the fabric of Indigenous Peoples and communities’ lives. Colonization is not something that happened 200 years ago. The genocide in the communities is attempted and ongoing and can be seen in the current plight in Indigenous communities. Colonization has brought about a legacy of intergenerational trauma, which impacts people’s present-day realities. The proposed course is based on a widely accepted understanding that trauma-sensitive practices are the basis for offering culturally-safe and respectful health services for Indigenous relatives.

This course will support rural health professionals to meet new provincial expectations and standards around providing culturally safe care, including the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC’s new Practice Standard — Indigenous Cultural Safety, Cultural Humility and Anti-Racism; recommendations expressed in In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in BC Health Care (2020) and  through reports from the Rural Coordination Centre of BC’s Site Visits with Indigenous communities, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action for health.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn tangible trauma-sensitive practices for offering health care rooted in cultural understanding and safety for Indigenous peoples
  • Strengthen appreciation of ancestral land-based healing modalities that have supported trauma release for millennia
  • Understand polyvagal theory and its implications for supporting trauma recovery with Indigenous relatives
  • Deepen empathy and co-regulatory skills as a way of dismantling racism in the health care system and contributing to collective healing

2023-2024 RCPD Annual Report

Supported by the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC)