9 Tips for a Culturally Competent Environment for Indigenous Patients

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Fixing the way in which healthcare is delivered to Indigenous people is a massive, complex undertaking on the national scale. However, on a 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

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

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Vincent Schilling Aboriginal Youth Suicide

This very compelling video Stay With Us Young Warriors, We Need You Here by Vincent Schilling, a Mohawk journalist and author, is a resource we can all share with our children and young adults we know and careabout. This video is particularly great because Vincent makes the point that he has personal experience with some of the darkness that can overwhelm a young life and assures them that it is a point in time that passes and that life will get better. Please consider sharing this video with everyone you know.

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