April 16th, 2020 – Cultural Safety in the Face of a Pandemic: Historic and Contemporary Realities through a Trauma Informed Lens with Harley Eagle

This session delves into cultural safety considerations in this time of pandemic. Harley Eagle speaks to how his work has shifted in the last few weeks to bring Cultural Safety considerations to health care providers, primarily physicians, in rural and remote settings as they struggle to deal with the COVID 19 crisis. In this time of crisis, now is the time to look to cultural safety processes in working with Indigenous people which can then inform how we can better equip medical professionals to cultivate a trauma-informed practice that better supports Indigenous people through medical crises in a culturally safe way. Harley supplies a connection to the colonial history and current realties that may be the root of triggering for Indigenous Peoples and communities. He also speaks to the power of broadening the scope of Cultural Safety learning beyond healthcare and what that might mean for the over-all journey of reconciliation.

In this session, Harley Eagle provides insight into:

  • The importance of Cultural Safety in this time of global crisis
  • The importance of understanding Trauma and current realties for Indigenous Peoples and the practice of trauma informed care during this time of pandemic
  • Expanding the purview of Cultural Safety and what that might mean for the healthcare system and providers


  • Harley invites questions and comments to further the dialogue and deepen understanding on this issue

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Date: Thursday, April 16th, 2020 (PST)
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 am
Where: Videoconference OR internet webinar.

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About the Presenter:


Harley Eagle is Dakota and Ojibway, and a member of Whitecap Dakota First Nation. He looks to Indigenous life ways to guide his work as a Cultural Safety consultant. His experience includes working for the Island Health Authority as a Cultural Safety Facilitator, consulting and training in the fields of transforming conflict, anti-racism, dismantling oppression, cultural safety and trauma healing. He is often invited to speak at conferences both nationally and internationally and works with clients across several sectors. Harley holds a Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management and resides on Vancouver Island.




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