Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) Training is an interactive and facilitated online training program for all professionals working in the Ontario health and social service systems administered by the Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC). The training 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 negatively affect service accessibility and health outcomes for Indigenous people.
Anti-Indigenous racial discrimination and bias have profound negative impacts on the health and wellness of Indigenous communities in Ontario. The Ontario ICS Program is focused on supporting Indigenous Health transformation as part of the overall health and social service systems transformation underway in Ontario. The goal is to improve Indigenous healthcare experiences and outcomes by increasing respect and understanding of the unique history and current realities of Indigenous populations.
SOAHAC facilitates and promotes transformative decolonizing, Indigenous specific anti-racist education using evidence informed and coordinated approaches and strategies. SOAHAC also works in collaborative partnerships and supports organizational change initiatives, seeking to improve awareness about how colonialism is embedded in services, and motivating people with influence to address anti-Indigenous racial discrimination.
This program has been identified as a resource that supports Indigenous culture in long-term care by the Ontario Caring Advisory Circle.