Course Description

This 32-hour micro-credential provides an opportunity for learners to explore key aspects of cultural safety and addressing anti-Indigenous racism. The micro-credential is set over 9 weeks with 10 hrs online study and two days of on-campus learning. The two days on campus will be a hands-on immersive process exploring Indigenous peoples of Southern Vancouver Island and Community Engagement. This course is for anyone working in health care who want to enhance their knowledge, awareness, and skills for serving Indigenous people.

Participants in this course are introduced to key aspects of cultural safety and addressing anti-Indigenous racism. The curriculum and learning activities have been designed to help participants strengthen their knowledge, awareness, and skills for working with and providing service to Indigenous people and communities, work more safely and effectively with Indigenous people, and begin considering their role in correcting, rebuilding and transforming systems to uproot Indigenous-specific racism.  Core ICS Health is among the courses recommended by BCCNM in fulfilling their practice standard for Indigenous cultural safety.

San’yas means ‘way of knowing’ in Kwak’wala the language of the Kwakwaka’wakw Peoples. Kwak’wala is the language of the San’yas founder and creator, Dr. Cheryl Ward. The work at San’yas is vital for all Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada. Focusing on uprooting anti-Indigenous racism and promoting cultural safety for Indigenous people. These efforts provide a foundation necessary for reconciliation between Indigenous and Settler peoples across Canada. 

This Micro-Credential contains a certification from San’yas Anti-racisim Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program and is administered by the Indigenous Health Department at the Provincial Health Services Authority in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information on San'yas accreditation, please see here: Core Health — San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Online Training or visit sanyas.ca

Learner Outcomes

Indigenous peoples of Southern Vancouver Island

  • Overview of local Indigenous groups
  • Territorial Acknowledgments

Note: This module takes place in person.

Colonization in Canada

  • The impact of racism, discrimination, and stereotyping on Indigenous peoples in healthcare contexts

  • Social and structural determinants of health in relation to Indigenous people
  • Gaps in health equity for Indigenous people
  • Enhancing Indigenous Cultural Safety in healthcare

Note: This module takes place online, hosted by San’yas.

Community Engagement

  • Knowledge of traditional lands
  • Local protocols & teachings
  • Relationship building
  • Walking tours

Note: This module takes place in person.


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We are especially grateful to live, work, and play on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen (Songhees, Esquimalt), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia'new, T'Sou-ke, and WSÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) peoples. We acknowledge their welcome and graciousness to the students who seek knowledge here.

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