A Brief Look at Indian Hospitals in Canada

We would like to acknowledge that this article was framed from the research and writing of authors Maureen Lux (Separate Beds A History of Indian Hospitals in Canada, 1920s - 1980s) and Gary Geddes (Medicine Unbundled A Journey Through the Minefields of Indigenous Health Care).

In this article we use 'Indian' as that was the term used at the time. For information on appropriate terminology, download our free ebook “Indigenous Peoples: A Guide to Terminology.

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9 Tips for a Culturally Competent Environment for Indigenous Patients


Fixing the way in which healthcare is delivered to Indigenous people is a massive, complex undertaking on the national scale. However, on the smaller scale, simple things can be done at the first point of contact, and throughout the care organization that will make a world of difference to not only the Indigenous patient but also to the health care practitioners. The first step in fixing the system is to create a culturally competent environment for Indigenous patients.

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Cultural Competency in Indigenous Health Care

What is a culturally competent health care environment? It is an environment in which Indigenous people feel culturally safe.............they are treated with respect, compassion, and cultural understanding. A culturally incompetent health care environment is one in which Indigenous people encounter racism, stereotyping, and disrespect both personally and culturally.

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