Putting Indigenous cultural safety into practice: "The first step is admitting we have a problem with racism."

Season 1, Episode 2,   Jan 13, 2021, 06:30 PM

In the first DocTalks podcast of 2021, we invite Dr Terri Aldred and Len Pierre to discuss how to define and understand cultural safety and the intricacies of addressing this systemic problem.

Amidst disturbing allegations of anti-Indigenous racism in BC’s health care system, the government appointed Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond to independently conduct a review. The findings were clear: Indigenous people are continually subjected to widespread, systemic racism which often results in negative experiences at the point of care, inequitable medical treatment, physical harm, and even death. 
In this episode of DocTalks, we will speak to Indigenous family physician, Dr Terri Aldred, and Indigenous Cultural Safety Coordinator and Consultant, Len Pierre, about how we can define and understand cultural safety and the complexities of addressing this systemic problem. What steps can doctors and health care workers take to begin or continue the journey to address racism, both on an individual level and at a system-wide level? How can we measure our progress going forward?