South Island Division of Family Practice

Cultural Safety Resources


What is Cultural Safety?

“Most people are aware of the statistics that indicate significant health and social disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people... These realities are troubling—as they should be. But what is also important is the context in which these inequities occur, namely, the way social, historical, political and economic factors have shaped and continue to shape Indigenous peoples’ health. This context helps us answer questions such as “Why do Indigenous people have drastically different health and social outcomes?” and “Is there something wrong with the system?” Asking and answering these questions can help to disrupt narratives that blame Indigenous people for the failure to address their own health issues. How we understand these issues, and how we answer these questions, is critical to any action we take.”
– Cheryl Ward, What Is Indigenous Cultural Safety and Why Should I Care About It?


Webinar: FNHA's Primary Care Vision and Strategy

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) will discuss the initiatives and partnerships that are transforming the way primary health care is delivered to Indigenous people in B.C., with a focus on the First Nations-led Primary Health Care Initiative (FNPCI).

Featured Speakers:

  • Dr. Terri Aldred, Executive Medical Director for Primary Care, First Nations Health Authority
  • Lisa Montgomery-Reid, Vice President of Regional Operations, First Nations Health Authority
  • Dr. Michael Dumont, Medical Director, Lu’Ma Medical Centre

For more information, visit the iCON website:

Register HERE!

Dec 4 (Mon) | 12pm - 1:30pm | Virtual via Zoom | Up to 6 Mainpro+ credits

Webinar: Introduction to Métis Nation British Columbia

Join us for this virtual session with Tanya Davoren, Executive Director, Health, Mental Health & Harm Reduction and Elders & Veterans Wellness of Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC). Tanya will speak to MNBC’s role in health care delivery within British Columbia and the unique cultural safety considerations when working with Métis patients in health care settings. 

Register online now. Questions about this event? Email

Dec 6 (Wed) | 5pm - 6pm | Virtual via Zoom

W̱SÁNEĆ Ethnobotany Trail

Located at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, the trail provides an amazing opportunity to educate visitors, students and community members in W̱SÁNEĆ territory about the cultural and ecological importance of native plants and ecosystems. The Division had a chance to walk through the trail with PEPAḴIYE Ashley Cooper at our 2023 AGM. Ashley has kindly taught us the signs and explained traditional medicine of the plants at the trail for better understanding of the significance of seeing and acknowledging these medicines for First Nations people. Click here to read about the medicinal plants at this trail.

Indigenous Cultural Safety Training

Recommended Readings



  • Me and White Supremacy -- Layla F. Saad
  • The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching About Race and Racism to People Who Don't Want to Know – Tema Okun
  • Anti-Racist Health Care Practice – Elizabeth McGibbon and Josephine Etowa
  • Structures of Indifference: An Indigenous Life and Death in a Canadian City - Adele Perry and Mary Jane Logan McCallum

Podcasts & Radio

Documentaries & Interviews

First Nations on Vancouver Island

Map of First Nation communities

Trans Care Resources

Visit Trans Care BC - PHSA for a full list of Support Tools that offer practical strategies for creating welcoming, accessible, and gender-affirming environments, places, and services. Here is some Foundational Knowledge:

  • Gender inclusive language - a handout that offers some simple terms and phrases you can use when you don't already know what words, terms, names, and pronouns a person uses when speaking about their families and themselves.
  • Making mistakes and correcting them - a tip sheet to help correct mistakes and move on, including when using the wrong word, term, name, or pronoun.
  • Exploring gender diversity (a gender diagram) - one visual framework for discussing gender diversity. It uses terms common to gender diverse communities, within British Columbia. 
  • Trans Rights BC website - an online guide that explores the legal rights of gender diverse people in British Columbia.

LGBTQ2SIA+ Family Building Service

The physicians and staff at Olive Fertility Centre have been helping LGBTQ2SIA+ family groups and individuals grow their families for over 20 years. Inclusion of all gender and sexually diverse people is an important value of Olive Fertility Centre. 

LGBTQ2SIA+ family building: How this Victoria couple is navigating their fertility journey

Victoria Olive Fertility Centre | 911 Yates Street, Suite 214, Victoria, BC V8V 4X3

Phone: 250-410-1664 | Fax: 604-559-9951

Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM