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Indigenous cultural safety - An environmental scan of cultural safety initiatives in Canada - Chapter 5 - Cultural safety initiatives in Saskatchewan

March 2024

The development and implementation of cultural safety initiatives in Saskatchewan is heavily influenced by the provincial government’s longstanding relationship with First Nations to address and resolve health system issues. Many initiatives were developed after the province’s health system restructuring in 2017. Chapter 5 of the Indigenous cultural safety: An environmental scan of cultural safety initiatives in Canada focuses on cultural safety initiatives and resources developed and implemented by the Saskatchewan government and its various departments and agencies, alone or in partnership with other governments and organizations, as well as by the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), regional health authorities prior to amalgamation into a single provincial entity, professional organizations, Indigenous organizations, and/or other organizations with a health mandate operating in the province.

Numerous actions have been taken at the provincial and regional levels to enhance cultural safety among Indigenous Peoples in Saskatchewan, including: partnerships with Indigenous groups to improve health services delivery and health status, broad initiatives to advance reconciliation, efforts to embed principles of cultural safety into health services through the creation of a First Nation and Métis health portfolio, strategies and action plans to address specific health issues informed by First Nation and Métis perspectives, and initiatives aimed at transforming the health system. Prior to the amalgamation of Saskatchewan’s regional health authorities, the implementation of cultural safety initiatives was limited, particularly to the Saskatoon Health Region. Indigenous organizations have played an active role in enhancing cultural safety within the provincial health care system; however, further efforts are needed from health-focused and health professional organizations across the province.

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Indigenous cultural safety chapters

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