Indigenous Cultural Safety Resources


The definition of Indigenous cultural safety, while still evolving, can be described as the act of providing safe and equitable health services to Indigenous people where the relationship between client and service provider is built on a foundation of trust and respect that takes into account the historical impacts that ultimately affect the health and wellbeing of the individual. Whether cultural safety has been achieved is defined and determined by the individual in receipt of health services. 

San’yas: Indigenous Cultural Safety Training is a unique, on-line training program designed to enhance self-awareness, and strengthen the skills of those who work both directly and indirectly with Indigenous people. The goal of the Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) training is to develop understanding and promote positive partnerships between service providers and Indigenous people. According to Cheryl Ward, Program Lead of the San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program, the training has a variety of modules that address racism and discrimination with the goal of getting to the root of inequities and making the trainee aware of deep-seated bias that could impact their interaction with Indigenous people. Email Leresha Lickers, Ontario Registrar of the San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Learning Program, with questions or to register.

EQUIP Health Care is a group of research intervention studies working with health care organizations. The EQUIP website and particularly the toolkit come highly recommended as they contain resources that support health organizations / practices to “enhance their capacity to provide equity-oriented health care, particularly for those experiencing marginalization.”

Below are links to resources on Indigenous cultural safety resources including links to the San’yas: Indigenous Cultural Safety Training and the EQUIP Equity in Health Care TOOLKIT.


Indigenous General Cultural Safety

Image-based storytelling: a visual narrative of my family’s story - Lisa Boivin (2018)

Creating Cultural Safety - Wabano (2014)

Inuit Cultural Safety

Cultural safety knowledge poster (2009)

Inuit Cultural Competency (2010)

Inuit IQ (EN)

Métis Cultural Safety

Towards cultural safety for Métis: An introduction for healthcare providers

Cultural Safety in Indigenous Health and Wellness

Cultural Safety Applicability to Aboriginal Health and Wellness

Cultural Safety in Medical Education Core

Cultural Competence and Cultural Safety - Nursing ed

FNMI Core Competencies Undergrad Medical Ed

JOGC Concensus Guidelines for Health Professionals working with FNMI

Cultural Safety in Midwifery Care for Indigenous Women

Cultural safety and midwifery care for Aboriginal women – A phenomenological study (2016)

NWAC Aboriginal Women and Reproductive Health Midwifery and Birthing Centres An Issue Paper (2007)

NAHO Midwifery and Aboriginal Midwifery in Canada (2004)

Cultural Safety resources for Indigenous Mothers and Parenting

Cultural Safety in health care for Indigenous Mothers

Taking Care of our Children - Facilitator Guide

Cultural Safety resources for Indigenous Women's Reproductive Health and Midwifery

JOGC Concensus Guidelines for Health Professionals working with FNMI

NWAC Aboriginal Women and Reproductive Health Midwifery and Birthing Centres An Issue Paper (2007)