Overview: Indigenous peoples have long-standing cultural knowledge in caring for community members who are preparing to journey to the spirit world. However, over 150 years of colonization denigrated these practices and imposed Westernized Eurocentric health care systems. The ongoing effects of colonization, oppression and racism persist into the present day and impact the health and access to quality care for Indigenous peoples. This session explores the history and current state of Indigenous-specific racism within healthcare and challenges healthcare providers to examine their own positionality through the lens of cultural safety, cultural humility and trauma-informed care.
- Discuss structural vulnerability and the social determinants of health
- Identify how colonization impacts Indigenous people’s health and access to equitable care
- Examine equity-oriented approaches, including cultural safety, cultural humility and trauma-informed care
- Discuss reconciliation and allyship as strength-based responses to moving forward together to address these needs