Indigenous Cultural Safety Pilot project
Indigenous Health in partnership with the leadership at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) led an Indigenous Cultural Safety Pilot project from May 2018 to December 2019 to begin the hospital's transformation into a care environment where Indigenous people feel acknowledged, respected and safe.
Through related work streams – each informed by Indigenous partners – we pursued our goal by:
- Creating a welcoming space
- Increasing Culturally Competency of VGH Staff
- Increasing access to and awareness of Cultural Supports and Resources
- Increasing access and awareness of information and resources to VGH staff and patients
The ICS work at VGH aims to ensure Indigenous staff and patients feel safe and welcomed. VGH is the first acute care centre in Canada to have staff complete over seven hours of ICS training and education sessions to help them put their knowledge into practice. This proof of concept is being spread to more programs across acute settings.