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Attendee, San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training (Jan 2020)

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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across the province.

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The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, which administers PVN, is committed to cultural safety and humility. As part of that commitment, the Council is sponsoring an opportunity for 13 patient partners to participate in San’yas: Indigenous Cultural Safety Training! Attendees will learn about Indigenous history, cultural safety, and strategies for empathy through a series of online modules and discussions to increase cultural understanding and diversity in our network.

Open to: Patient partners across the province.

Lead Organization or Department

BC Patient Safety & Quality Council (BCPSQC)

Aim

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. By the end of the course, participants will have examined culture, stereotyping, and the consequences and legacies of colonization. They will learn about terminology; diversity; aspects of colonial history such as Indian residential schools and Indian Hospitals and a time line of historical events.

Eligibility

Selected patient partners will need to be members of Patient Voices Network. All patients are encouraged to apply; whether you are newly oriented, have been a PVN member for years, are active in the network, or are hoping to reengage. Participants will be asked to demonstrate an interest in learning about Indigenous issues in health care. Must have regular access to a computer and the internet in order to complete the online learning. Please note: San’yas training is available at no cost to health authority employees. If you are a patient partner who works in a health authority but are unable to access the course, please let us know. If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and volunteer agreement, you are not eligible to apply.

Logistics

  • Vacancies: 13
  • A portion of seats will be reserved for patient partners in each region, as well as for Indigenous patient partners. Indigenous patient partners will have the option to participate in an Indigenous only cohort or a mixed cohort.
  • Consideration will be given to patient partner diversity, so that participants reflect the population of our province
  • This self-paced training takes approximately eight to ten hours to complete, and you will have up to eight weeks to finish the course. It is recommended that you complete the training over several weeks rather than at one sitting as breaks will help you integrate what you are learning.
  • Selected participants will have a choice of registration in one of five Core ICS training programs:
Core ICS Foundations Core ICS Health Core ICS Mental Health Core ICS Child Welfare Core ICS Justice
  • We anticipate that everyone will start and complete the course by March 2020.

Reimbursement

No expenses are anticipated, as this course is offered online.

Background

Cultural safety is about fostering a climate where the unique history of Indigenous peoples is recognized and respected in order to provide appropriate care and services in an equitable and safe way, without discrimination. San’yas: Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program is a unique, facilitated on-line training program designed to increase knowledge, 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 skills and promote positive partnerships between service providers and Indigenous people. Skilled facilitators will guide and support each learner through interactive course materials. Participants will examine culture, stereotyping, and the consequences and legacies of colonization. Participants will learn about terminology; diversity; aspects of colonial history such as Indian residential schools and Indian Hospitals and a time line of historical events.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Cathy Almost
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Northern BC
250.615.9932
calmost@bcpsqc.ca

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Cherie Mercer

Patient Partner, New Aiyansh

Cherie Mercer

I have learned so much about innovation and capacity building by being part of PVN. I signed up to build my leadership skills, however, I experience benefits for myself, my community and Indigenous peoples throughout the province. I understand more about the complexities and opportunities required to improve health care.