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Integrating Indigenous Cultural Safety into Care: Practical Advice for Physicians

September 21, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Event Overview

This webinar is intended to provide practical steps for physicians who are on the journey of delivering culturally safe care.

Listen to Dr Michael Dumont (Lu’ma Medical Centre), Elder Bruce Robinson, and Dr David Tu (Kílala Lelum Health and Wellness Cooperative) as they present their primary care clinic models, which are deeply rooted in traditional Indigenous approaches while weaving in western medicine style.

With Dr Terri Aldred facilitating this discussion, learn how Kílala Lelum and Lu’ma were developed for Indigenous-by-Indigenous through listening to the voices of the communities they serve, and hear how they aim to represent each community member by addressing all aspects of health and wellbeing.

Explore how to incorporate Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility in practice, including information on what a typical office visit looks like, how to partner with local Elders and traditional healers, and how to navigate creating meaningful relationships with local Indigenous communities.


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JCC Presents: Integrating Indigenous Cultural Safety into Care: Practical Advice for Physicians


The Joint Collaborative Committees (JCCs) continue to prioritize partnering with Indigenous communities and are committed to walking with First Nations, Métis, 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.


Keynote Presenters

Elder Bruce Robinson

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(Grizzly Bear with a Big Heart)

I am of the Nisga’a people from the Wilp (house) of Nii’is’lis’eyan(our chief), Laxgiibuu (wolf) tribe, from the village of Gingolx (Kincolith) on the Nass River, raised in a traditional home.

I have been in the lower mainland since 1970 to attend school and remained here to live, graduated high school in 1975/76. I worked in the fishing Industry for over 32 yrs.

I am currently a Elder/Cultural Advisor for Kilala Lelum in the DTES. UNYA (Urban Native Youth Association). BYRC (Broadway Youth Resource Center). I get called to different communities to help families and agencies. I am a spiritual person.

I am also known as Bruce Robinson.

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Dr. Michael Dumont

Bozhoo, my name is Michael Dumont. I am Anishinaabe (Marten Clan), and a member of Shawanaga First Nation. I am honoured to live as a guest on the unceded land of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

As a family physician, I am privileged to work both on and off reserve in community primary care. I helped to establish Lu’ma Medical Centre in 2016, where I currently serve as Medical Director. We incorporate traditional Indigenous and Western medical approaches in our two-eyed seeing model of care, with Elders and Traditional Healers working alongside Indigenous physicians, nurses, counselors and social navigators. We are a core learning site for the Indigenous Family Medicine Residency program at UBC, where I also do some teaching with the undergraduate and postgraduate medical programs. I am proud to partner with Musqueam First Nation to deliver primary care on-reserve, and I currently serve as spokesperson for the First Nations and Aboriginal Primary Care Network (a partnership of 8 Indigenous owned/operated clinics across Metro Vancouver).

I am honoured to serve as Vice President for the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada. Our organization advocates for and represents Indigenous physicians, residents and medical students on a national level, with strong focuses on mentorship, wellness, anti-racism, medical education and Indigenous self-determination.

Dr David Tu

David Tu, MD is a Family Physician, community-based researcher, and UBC Clinical Assistant Professor with a focus on Indigenous Peoples Health, HIV, and Substance Use Disorder. He currently oversees a three-year Health Canada funded SUAP grant focused on reducing harms related to the toxic drug overdose crisis.  His family practice has been centred in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for the past 21 years, and currently works at the Kílala Lelum Health Centre.  He is the Primary Care Co-Lead and Board Treasurer of Kílala Lelum and is a preceptor with the UBC Aboriginal Family Practice Residency Stream. He has worked previously with the VCH STOP HIV/AIDS program and was a longstanding Clinical Associate on St. Paul’s HIV ward.  He lives in Vancouver with his wife and two children.

Dr Terri Aldred

Dr Terri Aldred is Dakelh (Carrier) from the Tl’Azt’En Nation, located north of Fort St.James. Dr. Aldred is the Site Director for the Indigenous Family Medicine Program, Family Physician for Carrier Sekani Family Services, Executive Medical Director for Primary Care for FNHA, the Indigenous Lead for the RCcBC, and on the editorial board for the BCMJ.  She was a recipient of the 2018 BCCFP’s First Five-Years in Practice Achievement Award, 2020-21 RDoC Mikhael Award for Medical Education, 2021-22 Alumni Horizon Award. She is passionate about Indigenous health, physician well-being, and medical leadership.


September 21, 2023
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm




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