Cultural Safety Collection

Resources relevant to the health of Indigenous Peoples in Canada

The Cultural Safety Collection is a selective repository of resources related to addressing barriers in accessing health and social services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples due to their experiences with racism, discrimination and marginalization. It includes resources focused on creating a culturally competent workforce, promoting cultural safety in service settings, practicing cultural humility, responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and addressing anti-Indigenous racism. You will also find NCCIH resources related to these same subjects.

The collection includes a wide range of resources. It includes initiatives, policies, strategies and action plans that have been undertaken by various levels of government and organizations with an interest or mandate in Indigenous Peoples’ health. It also includes tools, guides and resources aimed at increasing knowledge, awareness, and self-reflection among practitioners working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples about the diversity of Indigenous Peoples, their socio-economic contexts, Indigenous perceptions of health and worldviews, and ways to enhance culturally appropriate and responsive care. Additionally, the collection includes academic literature that defines key terms used to describe culturally appropriate care and examines the application and health outcomes of approaches in specific contexts. While the focus of the repository is primarily on Canadian literature and resources, it also includes some definitive work from New Zealand, Australia and the United States.

The Collection’s focus is primarily on issues and topics that would be of interest to practitioners working in Indigenous communities, public health researchers and policy makers. The resources in this Collection can be searched by health topic, subject/keyword, publication type and year published. While all resources in the Collection were freely accessible on the Internet when they were included, the NCCIH assumes no responsibility for any links that are broken or changes in free access.


The material included in this collection are, in large part, resources that are external to the NCCIH. They are intended for general information only on an ‘AS IS’ and “as available” basis. Please refer to the NCCIH’s disclaimer on its Privacy Policy.