Cultural Safety Module 3: Peoples Experiences of  Colonization in Relation to Health Care

What Does this Mean in Practice?

  • How did you feel after working through Module 3? If you felt confused or angry, check out the Suggestions for Self Care.

  • List three ways that the idea of cultural safety could increase your understanding of health care interactions. Was your experience reflected?

  • Has your definition of culture changed since you worked through Module 3? If so, why and in what way(s)? If not, why not?

  • Think of examples from your workplace in which you experienced, witnessed, or enacted racism, ageism, sexism, or other power-over behaviours based on someone's perceived difference. How did this make you feel?

  • What could you do in your practice to ensure that medical and/or nursing practices do not re-traumatize persons with negative experiences of residential school or Indian hospitals?

  • Have you, or has someone you overheard, ever said, "I don't notice race, I treat everyone the same." Is treating everyone the same appropriate in all circumstances? Is it possible not to notice skin colour? If you think about cultural safety, when might treating everyone equitably, but differently be appropriate?

  • When do you find it especially challenging to be respectful, responsive and inclusive in practice? (Colleen Varcoe, personal communication, February 21, 2006.)