Indigenous health resources for students

Vancouver Coastal Health strives to ensure that all individuals feel supported and cared for during their journey toward well-being. As a student in healthcare, it is important to understand indigenous health issues and how you can use this knowledge to address the challenges to move toward reconciliation and culturally safe healthcare.


(Please note that while this training is not mandatory and is not part of the SPECO curriculum, you are encouraged to complete it on your time to gain a better understanding of culturally safe care)


  • ICS Hummingbird Level 1 - Foundations Module 1 - A virtual, on-demand version of the in-person Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) workshop.  The course invites you to begin a journey with the Indigenous Health Team, which includes both practical applications as well as a personal commitment. Learners will be given a history of colonization, information on how to give a traditional land acknowledgement, as well as an overview of VCH's Indigenous Cultural Safety Policy and its application.


  • ICS Hummingbird Level 1 - Foundations Module 2
    • This 4.5 hours in-person classroom course will further explore and deepen one's understanding of topics covered in ICS Hummingbird Level 1 - Foundations Module 1.
    • If you want to register, please contact the Student Practice Education team at

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