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TOPHC 2021 Fall Workshop: Indigenous Cultural Safety

As cultural safety centres around respectful engagement and the understanding of power imbalances within our health care structures and systems, this workshop will provide an overview of the social and historical contexts that shape an Indigenous person’s health and health care experiences. 

Trainers from The Indigenous Primary Health Care Council (IPHCC) — a new Indigenous-governed, culture-based and Indigenous-informed organization — will cover topics including the nuances between cultural safety and interrelated terms, such as cultural competency and will showcase examples of real-life contexts for both employees in health care settings and patients. 

Ultimately, this workshop will facilitate further self-reflection and awareness regarding participants’ position of power and the impact their role has on Indigenous patients.

Intended audience: This 2-hour session is designed for public health staff in Ontario who work in or are interested in Indigenous health and cultural safety.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Examine IPHCC’s core beliefs and guiding principles.
  2. Describe cultural safety and differentiate it from cultural competency.
  3. Apply reconciling relations practices to your work with Indigenous peoples.
  4. Recognize that 'reconciling' relations means that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis individuals deserve to be:
  • seen, heard, and understood as Indigenous people
  • appreciated and embraced for their unique practices, traditions, and belief systems
  • seen as human beings and receive services with dignity and respect 

Presenter(s): Mallika Patil (left) and Rafa Khan (right), Indigenous Primary Health Care Council (IPHCC)

Mallika Patil (MPH) is the Project Coordinator at IPHCC. She is responsible for the development, coordination, and dissemination of projects related to Indigenous cultural safety within primary care systems and organizations. Mallika collaborates with a variety of partners to deliver cultural safety training modules informed by intersectional, anti-racist, Indigenous pedagogies, and strives to shift the needle to transformative change in healthcare. She is a settler of South Asian descent, and lives and works on territory of the Anishinabek, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Ojibway peoples. 

Rafa Khan (MPA) is the Policy and Program Analyst at IPHCC. She is involved in the development, delivery, and evaluation of different initiatives centering around Indigenous awareness and cultural safety, including learning and professional development. Rafa works with external partners and IPHCC members to consult and co-develop curricula that is Indigenous specific and informed by holistic and anti-racist models of health and wellbeing. She is a settler of South Asian descent and resides in Tkaronto. 

About the Indigenous Primary Health Care Council (IPHCC) 

 The Indigenous Primary Health Care Council (IPHCC) is a new Indigenous-governed, culture-based and Indigenous-informed organization. Its key mandate is to support the advancement and evolution of Indigenous primary health care services provision and planning throughout Ontario. Membership currently includes Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHAC), Aboriginal governed, Community Health Centres (ACHC), other Indigenous governed providers and partnering Indigenous health researchers and scholars. IPHCC supports their members to provide culturally appropriate, culturally safe, Indigenous informed, high quality health and community wellness programs and services. 

IPHCC is a status neutral, which means they support Indigenous organizations providing services to Indigenous people who live on and off reserve, status, non-status, Inuit, and Metis within Ontario. The Council also provides capacity support to the ten new and developing Indigenous Interprofessional Care Teams. 

IPHCC will be launching a brand-new approach to Indigenous cultural safety training that includes interactive scenarios. In the coming weeks, Anishinaabe Mino’ayaawin: People in Good Health, will commence with the course Foundations of Cultural Safety. 



The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca .

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Updated 22 Sep 2021