Indigenous Cultural Safety Program
The South West LHIN believes that the health system has a collective responsibility to take action to improve the experience of care for Indigenous Peoples. To this end, we are requiring our health service providers to report on their Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) plan as a part of their Service Accountability Agreements.
Preliminary data shows that the Indigenous Cultural Safety training increases awareness about racism in health care, how racism affects Indigenous health and increases the likeliness that staff will take action when witnessing discriminatory acts against Indigenous people. The Indigenous Cultural Safety training also allows for a measurable way to track cultural safety and offers access to data when addressing complaints about care.
There are three types of Core ICS training options available:
- Ontario Core ICS Health: This course is designed for anyone working in Ontario’s health system including leadership, administration, and allied health professionals. Learning is self-paced over an eight-week window and typically takes between eight and 16 hours to complete.
- Enhanced Ontario Core ICS Health: This version has new content to support deeper learning about Indigenous cultural safety at an organizational level. Additionally content has been added to support participants who may be witnessing bias, stereotyping and discrimination in their work settings and how they can respond and interrupt it. Due to the enhanced nature, participants will be provided 10 weeks and typically around 10 hours to complete the training.
- Ontario Core ICS Mental Health: This course is designed for professionals working in mental health and addictions, and/or social service settings. Learning is self-paced over an eight-week window and typically takes between nine and 17 hours to complete.
As a first step in their cultural safety journey, health service providers are to submit an annual ICS training plan to firstname.lastname@example.org with “ICS Training Plan” as the subject by May 31, 2018. This will be part of their SAA requirement for the 2018/19 fiscal year.
Health service providers can use the ICS Training Plan Template to identify their annualized training plan, and track training progress to support the LHIN reports for this obligation. Any questions or concerns, can be directed to: Laura Deyell, Administrative Assistant, or Krista McMullen, Performance and Evaluation Advisor, South West LHIN.
Organizations can register staff for the online ICS training program in accordance with their training plan at any time by emailing Laura Deyell.