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Indigenous Cultural Safety Webinar Series

The Joint Collaborative Committees (JCCs) have prioritized partnering with Indigenous communities and is committed to walking with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples on our collective journey to ensure Indigenous patients have access to culturally safe health care in BC.

In an effort to align with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples, The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and British Columbia’s In Plain Sight Report, we ground our journey in the meaningful relationships with continue to build with Indigenous communities, Elders and Knowledge Keepers, the Ministry of Health, and the First Nation Health Authority and BC’s other health authorities.

There is no simple fix for the systemic racism that exists in health care but we are committed to adopting a process of constant learning, educating, and evolving.


Event Overview:

The Joint Collaborative Committees invite you to join a virtual five-part webinar series that will aim to provide physicians with a deeper understanding of Indigenous Cultural Safety and Trauma Informed Practice in healthcare. Although the sessions are connected, physicians do not need to attend all five.

Each webinar will be based on the four elements (circle/wheel process): balance, emotions, physicality/relationality, and intellect and will be hosted by Indigenous Culture Safety facilitator, Harley Eagle.

Please be aware that each Indigenous Nation may have a different way of describing this and may utilize other visual symbols and teachings.

All webinars will be from 5 to 6:30pm and will require registration.

Keynote Presenters

Harley Eagle

Harley Eagle, MA, is Dakota and Ojibway, and a member of Whitecap Dakota First Nation. As an Indigenous facilitator and consultant, he will continue the session providing focused learning on cultural safety, Indigenous peoples’ history, colonization, and how to take a decolonized approach to trauma-informed practice, understanding systemic racism and what it might take to address it.

Nalaga / Kaaw Kuuna (Avis O’Brien)

Nalaga / Kaaw Kuuna (Avis O’Brien) – website
N’alag̱a / Ḵ’áw kuuna (Avis O’Brien), a Haida/Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw artist and Land Based Cultural Empowerment Facilitator, was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia. Avis offers Community Land Based Healing Workshops that are rooted in Decolonization, Reconciliation, Indigenous Land Based Healing & Breath & Embodiment Practices. Her work aims to highlight the intersectionality of Colonial genocide, Impacts of trauma, residential schools and how we can utilize Ancestral forms of healing to regain a sense of balance and harmony in body, mind and spirit. Drumming, singing, dancing, medicine harvesting, ceremony, weaving, breath & embodiment practices are utilized as self regulation tools, guiding folks down the path of neurdecolonization. Her work within Non Indigenous communities has a focus on building Allyship and dismantling racist stereotypes against Indigenous folks.

Dr. Rahul Gupta

Rahul is a settler born on the lands of the Anishinaabe people and now lives and works on the ancestral and unceded lands of the shíshálh and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nations. He works as an integrative medical physician, professional coach, mindfulness instructor, and advocate for provider wellness. He also is a Somatic Experiencing (SE) Practitioner and integrates trauma-sensitive approaches into all trainings. He has over 18 years of supporting healthcare providers and teams in cultivating compassionate self & situational awareness.

Dr Dana Hubler

Dr. Dana Hubler is a settler born in the Traditional Territory of the Tsimshian People and raises her family on the lands of the K’omoks Nation. She works clinically with the FNHA as well as supporting practice improvement as the UBC Rural CPD medical director and physician advisor with the Island Health PQI program. When at play, you can find her growing food or flowers, hiking, or whipping up some yummy food for her family