Cultural Safety Module 2: Peoples Experiences of Oppression



To increase your awareness of how:

  • power and privilege work in everyday life and, in turn, influence wider Canadian society, including the health care system
  • colonization and culture are linked and power imbalances are created, particularly "power over" dynamics
  • power imbalances come together, or intersect, in the lives of individuals, creating simultaneous lived experiences that reflect the racism, sexism, classism, ageism, etc., in our culture(s) and society and
  • power imbalances are maintained, for example, the shame-based experiences of Aboriginal people, (the shame that is created by being seen as inferior and believing it yourself), which is called internalized oppression.

Recommended Readings

The Recommended Readings provide background to the upcoming topics of power and privilege, intersectionality, internalized oppression, internalized dominance, and racism.

You may find information provided in Module 2 disturbing and distressing. If you do, the Suggestions for Self Care may be of help.

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