Session was held on April 19, 2023.
This session will showcase an educational initiative to increase Indigenous communities’ capacity to provide palliative care by offering culturally safer palliative care training for health and social care providers. The presentation will provide an overview of a suite of newly created curricula and resources developed at the Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health, Lakehead University, in partnership with Elders, Indigenous organizations, scholars and health and social care providers.
These tools recognize the diversity of Indigenous communities’ experiences, knowledge, and cultural teachings regarding health, caregiving, dying and death. As a result, the content is not grounded in any Indigenous community’s practice or knowledge. Instead, concepts from the Indigenous Wellness Framework are integrated with palliative care and chronic disease management with the goal being to provide a wholistic foundation for understanding health and balance while also being inclusive of cultural and spiritual practices.
- Holly Prince, Project Manager, HBSW, MSW, (PhD. Cand.)
- Jessica L. Wyatt, Knowledge Broker, BEd., MA, PMP
- Kassandra Fernandes, Curriculum Developer, HBSc, MPH, (Ph.D. Cand.)
Creating Culturally Safe-r Palliative Care Education for Indigenous Communities
- CERAH Indigenous resources
- Walking Alongside Indigenous Peoples who are Seriously Ill: Education for Community Caregivers website with resource manual and all resources available for download.
- Preparing for the Journey: Caring for Indigenous Peoples’ who are Seriously Ill bedside resource manual
- Skills Demonstration video from presentation – Safety Tips: Helping Someone Change Position in Bed (to be added to the Walking Alongside website in the coming weeks).
- Palliative Care for Front-Line Workers in Indigenous Communities workshop overview from the presentation.
- Indigenous Peoples’ Health & Aging resource page