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. 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. Post signs with available accommodations, or even an indication to ask about accommodations for traditional needs.
- 3. Ask your patients what would make them feel more comfortable.
- 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. 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.