Cheryl Matthew

Cultural Safety and Humility

As outlined in Leading a Framework for Cultural Safety & Humility for First Nations in British Columbia presentation by Dr. Evan Adams, February 25, 2016.

Cultural Humility

A life-long process of self-reflection and self-critique to understand personal biases and to develop and maintain mutually respectful partnerships based on mutual trust.

Cultural Safety

The aim of cultural safety is to create an environment free of racism and discrimination where people feel safe receiving care.

My personal perspective is that cultural safety and humility means that we employ our traditional teaching of caring and respecting for one another in all of the things that we do. That our values are at the forefront of our work and who we are as individuals. In the face of colonization and oppression it can be difficult to continue to approach life and our interactions with one another from a values first position but it is for just that reason that we must try. In First Nations communities this means treating all others without prejudice or discrimination First Nations, mixed Aboriginal people, Metis, Inuit; all other races and treating all people equally regardless of the race, age, gender,  and sexual orientation. This also means that we stand up and protect others, and support them to have a voice when they do not feel culturally safe.

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