National Indigenous Peoples Day

Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day to celebrate the history, art, traditions, and cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.

To mark this day, the College has released a two-part episode of its new podcast, Connecting the Dots, which highlights practical suggestions for breaking down systemic barriers and providing Indigenous patients with culturally safe care.

One of the core concepts in the College’s Indigenous Cultural Safety, Cultural Humility and Anti-Racism practice standard is building knowledge through education. Registrants have a responsibility to learn about Indigenous Peoples and Canada's colonial history, and how this history has impacted generations of Indigenous patients.

The aim of this episode is to support registrants with building their knowledge as they take time to honour National Indigenous Peoples Day and National Indigenous History Month.

Part one of this episode features an interview with Mark Matthew on the systemic challenges and opportunities in our health system, and steps taken to navigate towards culturally safe care. Mark has worked in Indigenous health for over 16 years and is currently the director of Indigenous Health with Health Quality BC.

Part two features an interview with Dr. Leah Seaman who offers registrants insight on how they can become allies and incorporate culturally safe practices into their work. Dr. Seaman is a family physician who practises in BC and the Northwest Territories. She is a physician partner in the Kootenay-Boundary Aboriginal Services Collaborative and sits on the Indigenous Health Committee at the College of Family Physicians of Canada.