Course Description


This course is a collaborative project developed by the Division of Continuing Medical Education, College of Medicine, and the School of Rehabilitation Science, University of Saskatchewan, with assistance from the Canadian Medical Protective Association. The content was created by Indigenous community members and scholars, some of whom are the on-line instructors. It is designed from an indigenous world view, delivered through the voices and stories of leaders in Indigenous health care. Upon completion, health care practitioners will be equipped with the knowledge and insights to employ an interdisciplinary approach in understanding and supporting Indigenous patients.

We have chosen to deliver this course through the voices and stories of leaders in Indigenous health care. You will be taken on a journey of personal reflection while exploring the experiences of Indigenous peoples – both past and present – that negatively impact their health and well-being as individuals and as communities.

  • Personal Reflection, Indigenous World View, and How These Affect Health Care
  • How the Past Informs the Present (Access and Health Care Governance Issues)
  • Culturally Responsive Care: The Challenge of Finding Middle Ground


The course is suitable for health care professionals (e.g., physicians, nurses, clinicians, physical therapists, etc.) who directly support Indigenous people as part of their patient population. Enrollment is open to health care practitioners across Canada.


This online course is self-directed. Participants are expected to complete the online modules at their own pace, within their registered twelve-week session. Sessions will be available to commence on September 20 to December 13, 2023.


Course Dates: September 20, 2023 to December 13, 2023  

Registration deadline: September 19, 2023


All Health Professionals: $300 +taxes
Full-time Students/Residents:  $250 +taxes (proof of enrollment required)
For enquiries please contact or 306-966-5539.




Course Content


Through your participating in the course, you will be able to:

  • Identify how your background and culture influences both your health care experiences and the care you provide.
  • Explore how cultural genocide led to intergenerational trauma that impacts the health and wellness of Indigenous peoples.
  • Identify how the current health disparities and institutional experiences including racism faced by Indigenous peoples have their roots in historical colonialism and policy.
  • Explain how reclaiming Indigenous culture and beliefs may allow for healing
  • Identify ways you can enhance your practice to ensure culturally responsive, anti-oppressive and anti-racist care for Indigenous Peoples. 
  • Develop communication strategies that promote culturally responsive health care for Indigenous Peoples in your area of practice.


Module A: Personal Reflection, Indigenous World View and How these Affect Health Care

Topic 1: How do my Beliefs and Culture Affect My Communication with Others?
Topic 2: Intergenerational Trauma and Racism in Health Care
Topic 3: Relationship Building and Communication Strategies

Module B: How the Past Informs the Present

Topic 4: Access to Care
Topic 5: Cultural Genocide
Topic 6: Advocating for Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression of Indigenous Peoples

Module C: Culturally Responsive Care: The Challenge of Finding Middle Ground

Topic 7: What Are Culturally Responsive Health Care Environments?
Topic 8: Creating a Culturally Responsive Care Plan

Course Credits

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Royal College)

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) 

Section 3: Self-Assessment Accreditation Statement: This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Continuing Medical Education Division, University of Saskatchewan. You may claim a maximum of 2 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

Section 2: Self-Learning: Participants are reminded that the 11 hours of video presentations are a valuable source of Section 2 Credits in the MOC framework- Self-Learning. Video, Audio or Podcast learning activities can be claimed for 0.5 credits per activity.

Learners are reminded to document their learning in MAINPORT

CFPC Members


The College of Family Physicians of Canada: This one-credit-per-hour Self-Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the Continuing Medical Education Division, University of Saskatchewan for up to 25 Mainpro+ credits. 

Learners are reminded to document their learning in Mainpro+®

Any questions concerning accreditation can be directed to:

Molly Campbell or Emily Parker at 

Course Contacts

Kendra Usunier • • 306-966-7473