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(REPORT) Empathy, Dignity, and Respect - Creating Cultural Safety for Aboriginal People in Urban Health Care

(REPORT) Empathy, Dignity, and Respect - Creating Cultural Safety for Aboriginal People in Urban Health Care

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December 2012

This report highlights some of the barriers to Aboriginal people seeking health care services within mainstream health care settings and describes key practices that are contributing to positive change.

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December 2012

This report highlights some of the barriers to Aboriginal people seeking health care services within mainstream health care settings and describes key practices that are contributing to positive change.

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Empathy, dignity,and respect
Creating cultural saety or Aboriginalpeople in urban health care
DECEMBER 2012
 
About the Health Council of Canada
Created by the
2003 First Ministers’ Accord on Health CareRenewal
, the Health Council o Canada is an independentnational agency that reports on the progress o health carerenewal. The Council provides a system-wide perspective onhealth care reorm in Canada, and disseminates inormationon innovative practices across the country. The Councillorsare appointed by the participating provincial and territorialgovernments and the Government o Canada.To download reports and other Health Council o Canadamaterials, visit healthcouncilcanada.ca.
About the artist
To gather inormation or this report, the Health Council oCanada held a series o seven regional discussions acrossthe country, acilitated by AMR Planning and Consulting Inc.,an Aboriginal-owned consulting company based in Winnipeg. AMR associate and artist Leah Fontaine (Dakotah/Anishinaabe/ Métis), created a visual representation o each meeting bylistening to discussions and incorporating the themes sheheard, along with culturally signifcant symbols, into her work. At each session, she invited participants to suggest imagesand/or to draw or write on the large illustration (our eet byour eet), which was mounted on a wall.The resulting artwork o the seven regional discussions hasbeen incorporated throughout this report, accompanied by theartist’s descriptions. The image on the cover, commissionedseparately or the report, symbolizes the balance betweenWestern and Aboriginal perspectives and approaches to healthand restoration.Leah Fontaine has a BA (Theatre Design), a BFA (with Honors),and an MA (Native Studies). She connects her Dakotah/  Anishinaabe/Métis heritage to intuitively attain the iconographyand worldview that is displayed in her work. She livesin Winnipeg.Ms. Fontaine would like to convey her heartelt gratitudeto the various Elders and her First Nations sisters andbrothers she met on this project who assisted her withtheir First Nations ethos.
Councillors
Dr. Jack Kitts (Chair)Dr. Catherine CookMs. Cheryl DoironDr. Dennis KendelDr. Michael MoattMr. Murray RamsdenDr. Ingrid SketrisDr. Les VertesiMr. Gerald WhiteDr. Charles J. WrightMr. Bruce Cooper (ex-ofcio)
 
 It is well documented that many underlyingfactors negatively affect the health of Aboriginal people in Canada, includingpoverty and the intergenerational effectsof colonization and residential schools.But one barrier to good health lies squarelyin the lap of the health care system itself.Many Aboriginal people don’t trust—andtherefore don’t use—mainstream health careservices because they don’t feel safe fromstereotyping and racism, and because theWestern approach to health care can feelalienating and intimidating.
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