South Island Division of Family Practice

Cultural Safety Resources

Cultural Safety & Humility

The South Island Division of Family Practice is committed to providing culturally safe care and respectful environments. We are undertaking work on a cultural safety and humility strategy. This work involves engagement with our many healthcare partners, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. 


Cultural Safety

Cultural safety is an outcome based on respectful engagement that recognizes and strives to address power imbalances inherent in the health care system. It results in an environment free of racism and discrimination, where all people feel safe when receiving health care.

Cultural Humility

Cultural humility is a process of self-reflection to understand personal and systemic biases and to develop and maintain respectful processes and relationships based on mutual trust. Cultural humility involves humbly acknowledging oneself as a learner when it comes to understanding another’s experience.                                                                                                Source:


Cultural Safety Training

San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training

San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training, “Core ICS Health,” is available online and is self-paced over an eight-week window and typically takes between eight-ten hours to complete. This self-learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 20 Mainpro+ credits. The course is available for free for those that have an Island Health email address. Funding may be available through the Division for the $300.00 registration fee for physicians. For more information, please contact  

For information on the training


Free Online Cultural Safety Training

University of Alberta

Training is free but there are also options to pay a small fee for a certificate or you can take it for credit.


University of Victoria


Cancer Care Ontario

A series of 13 courses that provides knowledge about the history and culture of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people and communities.  It was designed to help provide culturally appropriate, person-centred care.  The courses are designed for self-paced learning and are available to anyone, free of charge.


Web-based Cultural Safety Learning

Indigenous Cultural Safety Collaborative Learning Series

This national webinar series provides an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, and perspectives in support of collective efforts to strengthen Indigenous cultural safety across sectors.

Equip Health Care Toolkit

Toolkit to provide equity-oriented care

Addressing Racism in Team-Based Care


Further Learning


Indigenous Awareness Events/Campaigns

  • Moose Hide Campaign – the Moose Hide Campaign is a grassroots movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men and boys who are standing up against violence towards women and children. Wearing the moose hide lapel patch signifies one’s commitment to honour, respect, and protect the women and children in your life and to work together to end violence against women and children.
  • Orange Shirt Day (September 30) – commemorates the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation.
  • National Indigenous Peoples Day – June 21st
  • National Indigenous History Month (June)
  • Red Dress Day (May 5th) – the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
  • Louis Reil Day (November 16th) – Métis Nation