The Ontario Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) Program

The Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC) employs a small Ontario team to support organizational and system level coordination and planning related to ICS. If you have questions, or if you have taken the training and would like to discuss how to further develop Indigenous cultural safety in your organization, we would love to hear from you. We are also interested in collaboration and knowledge exchange opportunities with existing Indigenous cultural safety initiatives.

ICS is a provincial program, offered Ontario-wide and administered by SOAHAC.

Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) Training is an interactive and facilitated online training program for professionals working in the Ontario health system. It addresses the need for increased Indigenous cultural safety within the system by bringing to light the service provider bias and the legacies of colonization that continue to affect service accessibility and health outcomes for Indigenous people.

Online Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) training:

There are two courses to choose between, the ICS Core Health Training and the ICS Core Mental Health Training.  The courses are almost identical with Mental Health differing in the last 3 modules.  Participants can only take one course.

Below are the descriptions of the two types of training:

Ontario Core Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) Health Training
is designed for people who work in health and focuses on issues that are specifically relevant for health care professionals working with Indigenous people in Ontario. 

Ontario Core Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) Mental Health Training is designed for people working in mental health and substance use services and focuses on issues that are specifically relevant for mental health professionals working with Indigenous people in Ontario.  Please note that you do not need to have taken the Core ICS Health to take this course. 

The overarching goal of both foundational training programs is to begin an important educational journey that will contribute to improved patient experiences; access to health services and health outcomes for Indigenous people.  

To Register:

The online ICS Program has expanded to allow organizations across Ontario to register.  As a result, we have updated our registration process and you will no longer be able to self-register.  


To register – please contact Vanessa Ambtman-Smith, Indigenous Health Lead.  We encourage organizations to identify one contact to manage requests from the entire organization.  Please complete the attached Bulk Registration Form.  Individual requests will be considered by email request.