How to Support Aboriginal Cultural Safety

What does Aboriginal cultural safety look like in health care? Interior Health has developed a video to present several examples, scenarios, and tips for “allies.” Witnessing culturally unsafe behaviours can be daunting. The video provides information on how to “stand up” effectively to unsafe behaviours or comments directed at Aboriginal clients.

According to Interior Health, understanding the colonial narrative is fundamental to cultural safety and the health impacts on Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Being self-reflexive and self-aware of our own implicit biases within health care encounters is also important to health outcomes.

All health professionals can watch the video so they can be allies and ensure the provision of culturally safe care to Aboriginal clients and their families.