Building a Culture of Safety for Indigenous Survivors of Sexual Assault

December 19 2017 11:10am
We are so grateful for a $29,952 gift from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General to fund a training initiative for health care workers in BC.

Thanks to a $29,952 gift from the Civil Forfeiture Office in partnership with the Victim Services and Crime Prevention Division of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, BC Women’s Indigenous Health program is undertaking the “Building a Culture of Safety: Improving the Healthcare Response to Indigenous Women who are Survivors of Sexual Assault” project.

This initiative is bringing together health and community partners to develop a culturally‐safe facilitator workshop guide and video, which will be used to train health care workers to recognize and respond appropriately to Indigenous survivors of sexual assault (SA).

The health care sector is often the first place a survivor of sexual assault (SA) will turn to.

As an essential site of support, it is important for providers to be well-prepared to provide the highest quality of care to survivors. Indigenous women face an unacceptably high risk of SA and other forms of gender-based violence due to a range of factors, and it’s crucial that health care workers are sensitive to their unique history and culture. With a growing population, urbanization, and the ongoing legacy and trauma of colonization, Indigenous women face unique barriers to reporting and seeking support. This is why BC Women’s is committed to improving health care providers’ skills in caring for Indigenous women.

This generous gift from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General will strengthen the ability of the healthcare sector to identify and respond to disclosures with empathy, understanding, and respect. 

By enhancing self-awareness, strengthening skills, and becoming better allies, it will increase access to resources for Indigenous women of BC. 

We are so grateful for this grant from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General to fund this project, and for the positive changes these training videos will make in an area where aid for survivors of SA is greatly needed. 

For more information, please visit the BC Women's Indigenous Women's Health page.

Learn about the Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) online training program delivered by the PHSA that this training video will build off of here.

Please consider making a donation today to support life changing services like the Indigenous Women’s Healthcare Program.