Victoria Division of Family Practice

Cultural Safety and Humility

Cultural safety is an outcome based on respectful engagement that recognizes and strives to address power imbalances inherent in the health care system. It results in an environment free of racism and discrimination, where people feel safe when receiving health care.

Cultural humility is a process of self-reflection to understand personal and systemic biases and to develop and maintain respectful processes and relationships based on mutual trust. Cultural humility involves humbly acknowledging oneself as a learner when it comes to understanding another’s experience.

The Victoria Division is committed to creating culturally safe and respectful environments for all.  To understand indigenous cultural safety, please see the below resources and training opportunities:


30 Funded Seats Available!!!

San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training, “Core ICS Health” is available online and is self-paced over an eight-week window and typically takes between eight-ten hours to complete. This Self-Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 20 Mainpro+ credits. The course is available complimentary for those that have an Island Health email address. For those not employed by Island Health, the Division is supporting the $300.00 registration fees for up to 30 physicans. Click here for information on the training.

Please email Becky Litt, to check seat availability and details on how to support your registration.

Island Health’s Aboriginal Health Program, “For the Next Seven Generations – for the Children” is available online to the public.  The course is self-paced and takes approximately 3-4 hours to complete.  Click here to learn more.


BCCFP: Practicing Cultural Safety and Humility in the Response to COVID-19

 BC Learning Circle: Cultural Safety in the Face of a Pandemic: Historic and Contemporary Realities through a Trauma Informed Lens

Creating a Climate for Change -Cultural Safety and Humility in Health

FHNA website

Island Health Aboriginal Health