May 16th, 2024 – Cultural Safety in Healthcare: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives with Simon Brascoupé

This presentation examines cultural safety, initially championed by Māori nurse Irihapeti Ramsden in the 1990s, and its global dissemination across healthcare systems. It explores its historical evolution, present application, and future prospects, considering spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional dimensions through a Two-Eyed-Seeing approach. From Indigenous knowledge perspectives, it scrutinizes its implications for professional growth, relationships, and future generations. Drawing from Western and Indigenous paradigms, it analyzes humility, the Seven Sacred Teachings, and ethical spaces. The presentation envisions the future of cultural safety, integrating diverse theories through frameworks like Two-Eyed-Seeing, fostering inclusive and collaborative healthcare environments.

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Date: Thursday, May 16th, 2024 (PST)
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 am

About the Presenters:


Simon Brascoupé, Anishinabeg/Haudenausanee – Bear Clan, holds roles that allow him to contribute to cultural safety and healthcare efforts. Currently serving as President and CEO at the First Nations Education Administrators Association, Brascoupé brings his experience and expertise to the forefront.

With a background in sociology and anthropology, Brascoupé has pursued academic positions at Carleton University, McGill University, and Trent University. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he also pursued doctoral studies.

Brascoupé’s professional journey includes certifications as a Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator (CAPA) from AFOA Canada and a Certified First Nations Health Manager (CFNHM) from the First Nations Health Manager Association. He has held leadership roles such as CEO of the National Aboriginal Health Organization and Director positions at Health Canada and Environment Canada.

In addition to his work in financial literacy, Brascoupé has contributed to cultural competency and safety through research, training, and writing. His work has been featured in publications such as the Journal of Aboriginal Health and has delivered training for various national health organizations in Canada.

Brascoupé remains committed to preserving and promoting Indigenous knowledge, which is evident through his involvement in Trent University’s Ph.D. Indigenous Knowledge Council. His contributions to academia, healthcare, and community development reflect his dedication to advancing cultural safety and Indigenous well-being.



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