Caring for Indigenous Patients

Cultural Humility/Safety in Practice

The Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada released a statement, in collaboration with Medical Regulatory Authorities from across the country including the CPSS, released a Statement on Indigenous-specific Racism in recognition of the inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 30 September 2021.

What is Cultural Humility?

Cultural humility is… respect, kindness, compassion, spiritual, non-privileged, non-judgmental, open, honest, knowing oneself, helpful, understanding, and knowing that there is much to learn.

How can I make my practice more welcoming for Indigenous patients and their families?

Here are some ideas. Be creative! 

  1. 1.  Incorporate First Nations & Métis imagery into your practice. Reach out to local community members for information regarding local artists or artisans from whom you can purchase artwork or culturally appropriate items.
  2. 2.  Post signs with available accommodations, or even an indication to ask about accommodations for traditional needs.
  3. 3.  Ask your patients what would make them feel more comfortable.
  4. 4.  One clinic and pharmacy in Prince Albert hired a fluent Cree speaker as a Greeter who would talk Cree with the patients in the waiting room.
  5. 5.  Take a course on cultural humility.


Useful Tips for Ensuring Safety in Practice

Below are some tips you can incorporate in your practice to ensure quality care when treating Indigenous patients:

Recommended courses for physicians relating to cultural humility and Indigenous wellness are listed on the CPSS CME webpage.

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