Key Details

asynchronous icon Format: Asynchronous︱Self-paced
target audience Target Audience: All Health Care Professionals (Physicians, Nurses, Clinicians, Physical Therapists)
clock icon Course Length: 25 hours︱Within 12 weeks
multiple devices Course Access: PC / iMac
registration Registration: Closed
registration deadline Registration Deadline: N/A
accreditation icon Accreditation: This course is accredited. See the accreditation section below for more information.
dollar sign Fees: $250︱$300 + taxes (See details in Registration below)

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 online instructors. It is designed from an Indigenous worldview, 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 Worldview, 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

award icon Award of Excellence

This course was the recipient of the 2019 CAUCE (Canadian Association for University Continuing Education) Award of Excellence - Program Award - Non-Credit Programming Under 48 Hours

person icon Target Audience

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.

calender Time/Date/Location

This online course is self-directed. Participants are expected to complete the online modules at their own pace, within their registered 12-week session. Sessions will be available to commence on May 15 to August 7, 2024.

Course Content

magnifying glass LEARNING OBJECTIVES

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 Worldview 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


calender icon Course Dates: May 15 to August 7, 2024
deadline icon Registration Deadline: Registration is now closed.
       All Health Professionals: $300 + taxes
       Full-time Students/Residents: $250 + taxes (proof of enrollment required).
       For inquiries please contact or 306-966-5539.




Accreditation 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