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Cultural Components Overview

Cultural Competence and Cultural Safety in Nursing Education: A Framework for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health Human Resources


All registered nurses who graduate from nursing programs in Canada should understand the unique relationships between First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples and the Government of Canada. It is imperative that graduates from nursing programs comprehend the historical and contemporary contexts of Aboriginal Peoples. Read more. [PDF, 925.6 KB]

Indigenous Cultural Training for Health Workers in Australia


This excellent article emphasizes the importance of having cultural safety awareness training to address health inequalities. Read more.

Wellness for All: The Possibilities of Cultural Safety and Cultural Competence in New Zealand


Responses to cultural diversity in nursing need to consider the theory and practice developments of the profession, while also responding to broader social and historical process that prevent marginalized groups from utilizing universal health services (Desouza, R., 2008). This is an excellent resource on cultural safety and the nurse’s role. Although based on the New Zealand experience, the reader may appreciate some similarities with Canada’s. Read more.

A Cultural Competence Guide for Primary Health Care Professionals in Nova Scotia


This resource is for professionals working within the primary health-care system. This guide includes tools and resources to assist primary health-care professionals in providing culturally competent health care. Culture is a broad term used in reference to a wide variety of groups. In order to respectfully and effectively address health needs and issues related to race, ethnicity and language, the focus of this guide is on these elements of culture. Read more.