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Decolonization and Cultural Safety

Code: FHSS304
Apply this course towards: Fundamentals for the Homelessness Serving Sector

Course description

In this module, you will be introduced to colonial ideologies and the lasting impacts of colonization on Indigenous culture, communities and individuals. You will also learn aspects of Indigenous values and principles of wellness, connection and belonging, and reciprocity that can support a decolonization lens and movement toward cultural safety. You will receive information that will provoke thoughtful and alternative approaches to working within the homelessness sector of society, where historical and institutional harms can be addressed. The purpose of this module is to provide employees and volunteers in the homelessness serving sector with an understanding of Indigenous history, traditional ways of being and of the lasting impacts of colonization. You will recognize how colonial systems and services have impacted Indigenous Peoples and the need for culturally safe supports.  

Learning objectives

After successfully completing this module, you gain an understanding of: 

  • The lasting impacts of colonization on culture, language, traditions, economy, and importance of maintaining traditional ways of being for Indigenous Peoples.
  • Define decolonization and describe principles of Indigenous cultural safety
  • Describe aspects of Indigenous values & beliefs and that may be important to consider in service provision and building trusting relationships
  • Identify and apply a decolonized, culturally safe approach to supporting others

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