CPHA survey on Indigenous Cultural Competence course

The Canadian Public Health Association is considering offering an Indigenous cultural competence course on Sunday, June 12, 2016 in advance of Public Health 2016 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto.

While some of the costs will be offset by support from the Public Health Agency of Canada, a registration fee of $105 will be charged to cover remaining costs (including lunch for participants). Course enrollment is limited to fifty (50) participants.

We are conducting an informal poll to determine if a sufficient number of people are interested in participating. Please complete a one-question survey by Tuesday, May 10. The survey can be accessed at: http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/cpha-k/indigenous-competence/

About the Course

In the post-Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada era, many Canadians are considering what reconciliation might mean to their sector and to their leadership. Indian Residential Schools have generated multiple impacts on Indigenous families and communities, and some impacts continue to resonate and challenge well-being. Residential Schools were one of the most significant impacts on Indigenous communities, but it was not the only negative impact. Much of the history of Canada’s development and relationship with Indigenous peoples is hidden, and the secrecy is a barrier to Canada’s reconciliation.

Many people working in health organizations and policy are also considering how to implement the TRC Calls to Action, including building cultural competence for Indigenous inclusion. Cultural competence can be defined as skills and capacities, as well as values and attitudes. This course will take participants through an approach to cultural competence based on knowledge, skills, values, and actions.

This course will include an overview of Indigenous Canada, cultural competence or capacity, history of Canada, resilience of Indigenous communities, and putting cultural competence into practice/praxis.

This course will build on the experience of participants through dialogue and sharing of wise practices. It will be a safe space to consider a vision of reconciliation in Canada which builds on the contributions of all Canadians.

NOTE: The curriculum and topics discussed may include disturbing subject matter.