NCCAH Webinar Notification

Date and Time: February 17, 2016 at 10:00 am Pacific Standard Time


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Dr. Sarah de Leeuw, Associate Professor, Northern Medical Program, University of Northern British Columbia and Research Associate, National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health.


Telling Stories About Stories


Our Aboriginal Relations: When Family Doctors and Aboriginal Patients Meet


Aboriginal Experiences with Racism and its Impacts


Northern Health: Aboriginal Health


Cultural Safety for Indigenous Peoples: A Determinant of Health


Racism and prejudice towards Indigenous peoples is a determinant of Indigenous peoples' health and well-being (or lack thereof). While cultural competencies and cultural safety courses are taking hold as 'best practices' across many jurisdictions, this seminar lecture presents more overtly the idea that racism remains a significant barrier to optimal health care relationship, and thus optimal health, still faced by Indigenous peoples.


The presentation will explore topics ranging from the fact that many Indigenous geographies are outcomes of racialized constructions about Indigenous peoples, that now form physical barriers to accessing health, through to ideas that imbedded stereotypes about Indigenous people continue to 'colour' ways health care professionals interact with Indigenous peoples, as patients, community members, or families and advocates.


The presentation will draw on multi-media ways that Indigenous people have expressed their realities of experiencing racism as a determinant of health and will also discuss ways that healthcare professionals might engage with the arts and humanities in order to delve more deeply and reflexively into personal orientations to Indigenous peoples and communities.


At the end of this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand historic and contemporary ways that Indigenous peoples are constructed as 'othered' subjects;
  • Have new lenses through which to understand health-based interactions with Indigenous peoples;
  • Understand means of undertaking self-reflection to further and deepen personal thoughts about racism and Indigenous peoples.

Speaker Bio


Sarah de Leeuw grew up in northern British Columbia, a landscape which early on inspired her interests in cultural geographies, colonialism, and relationships between non-Indigenous and Aboriginal peoples. At its most fundamental, her research is focused on relationships between people in place - this often includes how people care for or account for each other, mobilize power in relation to each other, or even how they relate to each other creatively and/or strategically. Specifically, she focuses on colonialism in British Columbia, child welfare and residential schools, and creative and artistic expressions as means of disrupting power imbalances.


Unquestionable links exist between 1) historical and contemporary colonial activities and 2) the significant health disparities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples, both in Canada and around the world. Sarah De Leeuw's research with the Northern Medical Program and the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health aims to expand understandings about colonialism (past and present), particularly as it was undertaken geographically, as a determinant of Aboriginal peoples' health.


Recommended Readings


de Leeuw, S. (January 2014). Telling Stories About Stories. The Canadian Family Physician Journal, 60(1). 5-7.


Elliot, C. and S. de Leeuw. (April 2009). Our Aboriginal Relations: When Family Doctors and Aboriginal Patients Meet. The Canadian Family Physician, Vol. 55. 443- 444.


Loppie, S. Reading, C. and de Leeuw, S. (2014). Aboriginal Experiences with Racism and its Impacts. Prince George, BC: National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health.


Webinar Partner Organization


Aboriginal Health supports Northern Health:

  • In its commitment to partner with First Nations and Aboriginal peoples and to build a health system that honours diversity and provides services in a culturally safe and relevant manner;
  • To operationalize the Northern First Nations Health and Wellness Plan;
  • To contribute to the optimal health and well-being for First Nations and Aboriginal people, families and communities living in northern BC.

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Northern Health: Aboriginal Health

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Determinants of Indigenous Peoples' Health in Canada: Beyond the Social

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Towards Cultural Safety for Métis: An Introduction for health care providers

Review of Core Competencies for Public Health: An Aboriginal Public Health Perspective



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