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Virtual Engagement: Relationship Building, Safe, Authentic and Culturally Appropriate Practices
In May 2021, the Kana Wain Dida International conference and gathering, hosted by Kitatipithitamak Mithwayawin (COVID-19 Indigenous), brought together community members, academics, medical professionals, youth, and more to learn and share with one another in the midst of the pandemic. This collection of Indigenous voices and experiences goes beyond the pandemic. From sharing lived experiences, to addressing health and wellbeing challenges and opportunities, as well as celebrating and remembering, this collection of workshops, resources and stories from the Kana Wain Dida gathering is an opportunity to continue to learn and grow with one another.
This co-designed session explored lessons learned and strategies for facilitating authentic, safe and culturally appropriate online engagement in a time that is critical for health care system to listen, learn and collaborate with Indigenous communities as we all face multiple public health crises.
- Tina Miller (Patient Partner, Patient Voices Network)
- Hélène Campbell (Patient Partner, Health Standards Organization)
- Cathy Almost (Engagement Leader, BC Patient Safety & Quality Council)
Watch the Recording:
Applying Cultural Safety & Humility in Patient Engagement – June 20, 2019 Webinar
Uncomfortable, uncertain or curious to learn more? If this describes how you or a coworker feel when planning to engage patients and families who are or may be BC First Nations, this webinar will provide you with valuable information!
Mark Matthew, the First Nations Health Authority’s Manager of Quality Initiatives and Partner Relations, provided some context to history, impact, and the current state of the work to apply cultural safety and humility in patient engagement, and answered questions sent by the audience.
Manager of Quality Initiatives and Partner Relations, First Nations Health Authority
Mark is the new Manager of Quality Initiatives and Partner Relations for the First Nations Health Authority and has served a leadership role in the engagement effort of the Tripartite Health process since 2011. Mark is Secwépemc from the southern interior of BC and was raised on his home Simpcw First Nation.
Prior to his start with the First Nations Health Authority in 2008, Mark worked as a business development advisor for an Aboriginal Financial institution and held a role with the Interior Health Authority as their Aboriginal contracts advisor. Mark has over 10 years of experience working with and for BC First Nations and is passionate about ensuring an Indigenous voice is meaningfully applied to the future of the health care system.